52 Weeks: #21 Embrace the Empty Space

Happy Friday everyone!  If you are new to 52 Weeks of Organizing you can catch up on all the previous posts here! Please know that this link up every week is not only for those participating in this weekly challenge but also for those that have an organizing post of inspiration they’d like to share as well.  Posts with before and after pictures are especially inspiring as are clever storage solutions and helpful organizing tips and tricks.

Speaking of before and after pictures, there were quite a few last week so I thought it would be fun to feature a few of them here to help get you into the organizing mood for this week! 🙂

Closets were popular for sure.

Jennifer from Threaded Together took her crap closet (as she calls it) from stuffed to the brim:

To loads of extra space:

So awesome!

Sara from Dinner Deals took her closet from this:

To this lovely after:

Dr. Laura from Dr. Laura’s Adventures purged her closet from two towers high:

To just one:

Empty space, empty space, oh da do da day!   So cool!

Like I mentioned in my linen closet post earlier this week, sometimes we need leave a little empty space in our lives instead of having every nook and cranny crammed to the fullest.  For some reason we are alarmed by the empty space.  We are compelled to fill it.   Those shelves and countertops, they call out to us.   However just for a time, embrace it.  You’ll feel lighter, not so congested and chaotic.  Take a deep breath.  Notice the difference?

My challenge to you this week is to carve out some empty space for yourself (even if it’s only tiny) to embrace and enjoy.  A closet, a drawer or a flat surface.  Give yourself some breathing room.

I’d like to leave you today with a few other pictures from last week of some clever storage solutions.  It’s inspiration on overdrive today 🙂

From Se7en:  this sweet underbed reading nook:

From Schuhmacher Haus: these cute chalkboard labels:

From Susie’s Homemade:  this very clever drying rack turned tablecloth holder:

And from Tidy Brown Wren:  these lovely vases turned office supply holders:

Have a wonderfully organized week my friends!!

Please feel free to share your organizing journey and encourage one another in the comments. You are also invited to link up to the linky below with any posts related to your 52 weeks of organizing participation or to any post of an organizing nature that you feel will inspire and encourage others in their quest to get organized. Please remember to link back to here though so we can reach out to as many people as possible in need of some inspiration.

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17 Responses to 52 Weeks: #21 Embrace the Empty Space

  1. 2
    sara d says

    i LOVE seeing all the empty space! that has happened in a few of my spaces!
    and the creative uses of items for organizing
    GREAT WORK, ladies!

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    Leslie says

    Hi Laura, I’m new to your site. Really love it.

    I was wondering if you had any ideas or solutions for how to organize/store board games who’s boxes have been trashed. I keep my eyes open but have never seen plastic storage boxes the same size that would hold the board. I’m in Ontario so if you’ve seen any at Canadian stores, I would likely have access. Thanks and keep up the great blog!

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    Dr. Laura @ WhoIsLaura.com says

    Thanks for featuring my closet! I purged it in preparation for a big community lawn sale. Ahhh…wonderful feeling afterward.

    This week, I’m linking up my DVD cabinet overhaul.

    Dr. Laura

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    se7en says

    Oh Look!!! How cool is that!!! Thanks for the shout out!!! I always join your link-up so late… weekends are for “52 week Projects”!!! I am so thrilled you looked and that you linked it… you are too kind!!! Thanks for the 52 weeks party it really is getting the bare bones of our house sorted…not just the surfaces!!!

  5. 6
    Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    Thanks for hosting! I always love looking at people’s before & after organizing projects!

  6. 7
    Forgetfulone says

    Thanks for the inspiration. I can’t wait till school is out (I teach) so I will have more time to tackle my BIG projects. I’ve only had some time to do little projects, which is better than nothing. Thanks for the motivation, too!

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    Julie K. says

    Oh wow, seeing the differences on these pics really is something. I can clean up and organize everything perfectly from time to time too. But I can never keep it like that for more than a few days. How do you do it?


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