KC Parent Magazine Article: Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips

Check it out! I was interviewed for the May issue of KC Parent Magazine. We talk function, decision-making, and personalization of the organizing process!

You can find the article here! ❤

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Organizing and Containing Bathroom Items

We all have those few bottles of bathroom products that we used until they were almost empty, and instead of either finishing them up or throwing them away, we stuck them somewhere…

Well, this client had a couple of those mingled with items from both of her parent’s houses that they gave to her after she moved into her own home. So, those few bottles… times three.

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First, pulled everything out of the closet. We then went through each container and bin item by item and put all of the similar items in piles together, organizing them by type. We had skin care, hair care, make-up, medicine, and vitamin piles. Anything that was broken, almost empty, or had missing pieces, we tossed (and I am vveeerrrryyy liberal in my tossing of these types of items!). Anything substantial that hadn’t been used in a while and was a donate-able item, we put it in the donate pile.

When one pile became too big, we broke it up into sub-piles, so skin-care also had soap, and lotion as sub-piles. It’s best to start piles as each item is being sorted rather than starting with a few basic piles. As you touch each item, place it in the appropriate pile. Never put items to the side with intentions of “categorizing it later” because, most likely, you won’t.

Anything that was a duplicate item, we combined.

This client had already bought several small, clear containers to store the items in. As we worked our way through the items we started storing the piles in the clear containers. The more we sorted, the more clear it was what the types of containers would need to be labeled as. It’s a good idea to save labeling for the very end, we had several containers that we had to trade out because the items didn’t fit.

After we took out the trash and donate items, we were left with clean, neat, and easy to access organized containers of bathroom items. We labeled the containers according to their contents and placed them back into the closet. She used the bottom two shelves to house laundry baskets out of sight.

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Now she can easily find what she’s looking for and will save money by not having to buy any duplicate bathroom items until she uses up what she has.

Project by Shawna in Austin

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Kid's Room Organization

It’s inevitable: where there are kids, there are toys (and a MESS!).

My four-year-old loves to play, but never seems to enjoy picking it up. Making a mess is so much more fun! After looking at the overflowing bins of stuffed animals and books scattered across my daughter’s bedroom floor, I knew I had to find a solution to this mess.

Rule #1: It needed to be cute.
Rule #2: It needed to be fun!

My solution?
Closetmaid Cubeicals – $64 at Target
Closetmaid Cubeicals Fabric Drawers, around $6 each

I let my daughter pick out the fabric drawers. After all, they would be in her room and for her toys.

Target offered over a dozen colors to choose from that would match any décor, from bright and flashy to more muted neutrals. She picked 6 different colors – all bold and bright, of course! The Cubeical shelf also came in several finishes, including white, alder, dark cherry, espresso, and black ash. We chose “dark cherry” finish because it came closest to matching her bedroom furniture. (Note: I found that the store had a better selection than online!)

We took the shelf home and assembled it together in about 20 minutes.

The only tools necessary were a screwdriver and hammer.

I used my drill, which made assembly much quicker (plus, I love my power tools!). The directions were very easy to follow, and before I knew it, we had a new Cubeical, ready to store toys and books.

She helped me gather and sort her toys, and I let her choose where to store everything.

If she took ownership in picking up her room, perhaps she would enjoy keeping it neat and clean.

Toy Bins

It worked! Our new rule for play is “one cube at a time,” and so far, her room has been spotless.

Organization problem: solved!

I think I’ll be adding another Cubeical to my family room, and perhaps my closet.

By: Casey Arney of Soleah and Me