Last week I mentioned I was going to tackle my linen closet. It was feeling a little bit crowded to me so it was time to take some action.
Here is how it looked before:
(the bottom bag and box are thrift store donations)
Not too bad right? But here’s the thing…I knew there were things in there that we haven’t used in the 9 months since we moved into this house. Why was I taking up valuable storage space with items we no longer used or that we “might” use one day? Because I had the room. It’s as simple as that. I could still find what I needed in there, it wasn’t too packed and it is a linen closet after all. However just because a closet is called a “linen” closet doesn’t mean it has to be used for just linen. Heck no! Some of that space could be used for other things like craft storage, board games, puzzles, books, photo albums, panty overstock, etc. I definitely knew I could use that space for something else.
It’s a matter of making a choice for the NOW rather than the ONE DAY!
I really don’t like the words “just in case”. Just in case what? I’d better have four sets of sheets for my bed just in case my washing machine breaks down for a month and I can no longer wash my bedding. Seriously, a month? In case of emergency, go to a friend’s house. I’d better have 7 towels per person so they can change it out for a new one every day. Umm, that’s a little much, after all we are clean when we dry ourselves off with them. I’m just saying 🙂
If you have all the space in the world, then fly at it. Have as many towels as your little heart desires. BUT if you hear yourself complaining that your house is too small and you have no room for anything, take a look at not just a linen closet (as not every house has one) but any closet for that matter. Walk yourself through this inner dialogue you have with yourself (we all do it!) and try to make some sense out of what you are justifying. If the home you’ve got is it for awhile and upsizing just isn’t an option, then tough choices will probably need to be made. Here’s the good news….once you feel the excitement of the purge and how creating some additional storage space frees up all sorts of frustration for you, you will be hooked. Believe me, it’s an awesome feeling! You’ll be absolutely itching to move on to something else!
So where was I? (lol…got a little sidetracked there)
So I emptied my linen closet out and had a good ole purge fest. It was FUN!! Next I decided that I would use up the Spacemaker Storage Bags I purchased a couple of months ago to store some of my less frequently used items. (psst: don’t miss my OpenSky deal of the week on these below!!)
I started with the special baby blankets that my kids each selected to keep. In they went:
Now here’s where I decided to do something a little different. Rather than stack my Spacemaker Bags one on top of the other (and have trouble accessing one without them all falling out on my head) I decided to line them straight up and down in order to make them super easy to pull out.
By this time I was getting real excited by the possibilities. I could tell I was on to something…hahaha.
Someone asked about how to get these storage bags flat so they do stack. Well I found the more flat they were going into the bag the more flat the bag would be with all the air sucked out. Yet standing them up like this really eliminated the need for that to matter….yippee!
Check out how my top shelf turned out:
I used storage bags for guest pillows, out of season blankets, camping blankets and some extra curtains that I use to “create” a room for my daughter in the rec room when guests take over her room. I was so so happy with the amount of space I saved. Happy dance for sure!!
So if you remember here was my linen closet before:
And here it is after:
Whoot! Two empty shelves!! So excited about that although I’ve since added a proper donation station box to the bottom. Everyone should have one!
A close up:
I”m still not sure how I’ll use all my new empty space but for now I’m just enjoying mulling over the possibilities 🙂
Here is my purge pile from the weekend (not just from my linen closet):
Got any questions about it, just let me know!
PS: I love my Spacemaker Storage Bags and I’m so excited to offer them to you today as my OpenSky deal of the week. This deal is available only for the next 24 hours (you’ll need to log in/sign up to see the deal)!! Check it out! For more information about my OpenSky please see here.