Playroom Closet Organizing

BEFORE, see the cards on the floor...

So here is the BEFORE craziness of our playroom closet.

Doors opened...


I meant to take a photo of all the games & toys I PURGED, but forgot.  Ooops!  Here’s the thing…my 8 year old found the stuff in the back of the van {since I didn’t have time to drop them off at Goodwill} and pulled a bunch of stuff out.  Yes, I haven’t trained my kids to be purgers.  I have TRIED, really I have.  Instead, I have to purge for them and send it off when they aren’t around.  They never miss the stuff.  But I know if I don’t teach them, they won’t do it when they get older.  I like to consider myself a reforming pack rat.  It’s difficult for me, but I am grateful I’m not like the sweet children of God on the show Hoarders {bless those people!}

AFTER, much better!

Now picture me giving you a huge SIGH of relief seeing this photo after the ones above.

After doing LOTS of purging, throwing away & sorting,  {BIG pat on the back because this is not an easy task for me.} I splurged and rewarded myself with the following items:

  1. A Label Maker – Dymo
  2. Adhesive Metal Bookplates by Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery {Staples} (1 1/16″ x 2 1/8″)
  3. Chalkboard Labels by Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery {Staples} (2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″)

Otherwise, all containers you see here I already owned.  I absolutely LOVE the new Martha Stewart line at Staples.  Previously, it was difficult to find these 2 items without having to special order them from a specialty company.  Now I can hop down to Staples and find them! {Yippee!}  Both bookplates and chalkboard labels have adhesive on the back and are super easy to use.  I need to add close up photos for the bookplates.  Until then, in case you were wondering what labels/categories I used in the bookplates:

  • Books
  • Wii Stuff
  • Board Games
  • Board Games
  • Cards
  • Little People
  • Puzzles

As you can see, I used the chalkboard labels on the bins.  The bins went with a wood organizer I bought ions ago at Target.  I don’t need the wood base anymore, so I use the bins only now. {Just in case you were wondering where I purchased the bins.}

I want to thank my husband for helping me sort through all the game pieces, puzzle pieces and cards.  Then after the sorting we put them back in the boxes where they belong.  It took us a couple of hours to do this.  {Mainly because I haven’t done it in years.}

The best part about this project, besides seeing the clean & orderly closet {pretty much THE ONLY orderly closet in my house right now} is seeing my daughter PLAYING WITH HER TOYS!  She’s been playing with the Mr. Potato Heads all day and took a photo for Instagram! LOL…I LOVE THAT! 😉

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post by Staples, Dymo or Avery.

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Organization Brings Joy,

Home Goals 2012

Courtesy of Nesting Place

One of the things I love about blogging is how it keeps me motivated and accountable.

The Nester has motivated me to make some goals for our home this year.  Like the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

We have lived in our home for about two and a half years.

Remember the post about my kitchen last year?  Here’s my inspiration kitchen again:

Kitchen Inspiration Photo

My Kitchen Inspiration Photo {scanned}

Do you see how the glaze only goes into the crevices of the bead board and trim of the cabinet doors?  I love that look!  Our painter wanted to charge and arm and a leg to do it. {He already over charged us, in my estimation for painting our house}  So I decided I could do it myself.  I found a very good YouTube video {which I will have to locate and share with you in a future post} and with the help of a friend, we did the cabinet doors.  It’s not too difficult, just time consuming.  I began on the bead board, but never did finish. 🙁  Thus, one of my goals is to finish glazing my kitchen.

  1. You can see above, I didn’t even complete this section.  Way to go Shan!  So first thing I will finish glazing this section.
  2. Glaze this bead board.
  3. Glaze the top cabinet bead board and the bottom section bead board.

4. Next up, is to truly ORGANIZE my pantry.  I have attempted to do this, but I usually give up about half way through.  I am ashamed of the current state so much that I could not take a photo to show you.  Instead you can see the door.  I would absolutely LOVE for it to look like this:

Courtesy of The House of Smiths

Remember, I am more of a surface clean person.  This means, open any drawer, cabinet and closet and it is a nightmare!  Which leads to my next goal…

5. Work on internally organizing my house…dread!  This means I will be going through every cabinet, every drawer, every closet and creating order.  Thank goodness for the calendar I have to help with this endeavor.

6. Paint the china cabinet.  I was blessed to have this beautiful china cabinet handed down from my parents.  I absolutely LOVE it, but want to give it a makeover with my handy dandy chalk paint.  I’m thinking of using my Annie Sloan’s Old White color.

7. Repaint my dining room.  I’m not really liking this sage green color I chose for the dining room.

8. Decorating overhaul of the dining room.  I spent a lot of time on an awesome wall gallery which was on both sides of the china cabinet.  Well, on the other side of this wall is the garage.  Every time we would turn on our cars, it made the wall vibrate…so much so that many of the frames fell and the glass broke. 🙁  I have to figure out another way to decorate that wall.  It may be time to change the rug as well.  We’ll see.  The dining room has been the only room in my house I have not been very happy with.  It’s time to change that.  It’s one of the first rooms you see when you come into the house.

I really can’t say enough good things about Nesting Place.  The Nester never ceases to inspire and help me in my home. I am forever appreciative of how she has changed my perspective about my home. It has been so positive and yes, sort of life changing.  Here are some suggestions she shares about goal setting for your home:

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Excellent questions from The Nester

Happy to link up to:

Nester & I at Blissdom 2011

I was so excited to meet The Nester last year at Blissdom blog conference.  She is as genuine and lovely as she is on her blog.  I am forever grateful because otherwise I might have been a little starstruck.  Right after we moved into our home I e-mailed her about my octagonal shaped living room.  I was struggling with how to arrange the furniture, etc.  I know she receives many e-mails a day and she states that she can’t answer them all.  I added a few photos to my e-mail in hopes to hear back from her.  She wrote me back and helped me tremendously.  So when I met her at Blissdom I asked her if she remembered my octagonal living room.  She did and was very gracious.  A little kindness to a stranger goes a long way. 😀

Make your home goals today,