I don’t know about you, but every January I feel the need to get my house decluttered, cleaned and organized. And every January, I struggle with how to do that correctly and really accomplish something. The older I get the more I am content with an “OK” house when it comes to deep cleaning and clutter. I just live with it most days and then get on a bender to do something about it eventually. It takes me so much longer to get in the mood to really get myself organized the way I need to be.
I know how to organize and declutter, I just don’t do it all the time.
Anyone else relate? I wish I was one of those people who gets an itch and runs with it, cleaning, organizing, and in general making my house a better place to live….all the time. But again, I don’t know if it’s age related or what, I can be the biggest procrastinator and lazy-butt that ever lived!
Tell me I’m not alone!
Since January is traditionally the time we start thinking about these things, I’m holding myself accountable to finally clear out some of the clutter in my house and finally tackle the garage that has been my nemesis since we finished renovating this house 4 years ago. Ugh, how could it be that long that I have left my garage in a shambles. In my defense, my garage does hold all my tools, including a riding lawn mower and push mower, as well as other large tools that I’m grateful to have, so there’s that too. It’s not all just stuff, it’s useful stuff. But, I know I need to get on it and I am vowing that this is the year. I might need a dumpster to get started!
So, today I thought I’d share some pretty and organized spaces that we can all draw inspiration from on those house projects we may have put off for far too long. I think this might be a bathroom space with perfectly organized baskets and bins, all written with cute little tags on what’s inside. Baskets are a great way to corral the clutter and at least have things all in one spot and they are attractive too.
This pretty blue and green bathroom has a built in cubby that is oh so pretty, housing towels and toiletries. I don’t have anything this pretty for my essentials, but a cute built-in like this is practical and pretty.
The old medicine cabinet still lives, I guess. I don’t think I’ve ever had a medicine cabinet even growing up, but I remember my parents having one in our old house growing up. All sorts of little bottles can be stored in here right in front of your face. Close the door and there’s the mirror.
Another beautiful blue and green bathroom that looks so serene and pretty. Wire bins below hold towels at the ready and blue glass jars hold other bath essentials, keeping them pretty to look at. This is a dreamy bathroom.
I do have some little plastic bins like this in my bathroom drawers, so they do help to keep things in order. A bathroom drawer can get out of control so fast, but these small bins hold a lot of little things and I highly recommend them.
We all know about clear glass jars with labels and how convenient they are for bathroom essential storage. Cotton balls, cotton swabs, and cotton discs all fit nicely in glass jars.
I loved this idea of a magnetized bar holding your small metal beauty items like scissors and clippers. Great way to keep them handy. I don’t think I’ve seen a bar like this before, but I’m sure they are out there. The little plastic caddies are cute too, but I’d need way more than this to store all my various makeup items.
Another great storage idea for the small bathroom, this pullout metal bin has built in compartments and stacks things on top as well for extra storage.
Moving to the kitchen, I love this idea of measuring spoons hanging from inside a door. What a handy way to keep these all organized. Mine are flung in a kitchen drawer and have to be dug out every time I use them. These are all stainless steel and look good too. I’d have to get rid of my Tupperware measuring cups and get something nicer for this idea.
Pantries are one of the most difficult areas to keep uncluttered. I have a big Ikea pantry in my kitchen with pull out drawers and I do love it. It’s easy to see everything with the drawers pulled out and it’s been the best pantry I’ve ever had. I’ve never had a big walk in pantry like this in any of my houses but this sure is nice. Even with wire shelving, they have managed to make this look so organized and pretty. Note the chalkboard on the wall, to write down things needed from the grocery store and I love that wood crate holding the big bottles of water or wine. Not to mention that cute green wooden bin holding the rolling pins. Someone had fun in this pantry and it’s charmingly organized. I aspire to that!
Another beautiful pantry, this one is finished out so nicely with real wood shelves and millwork. Cookbooks at the ready and all those clear storage containers easy to identify and some marked with tags. This is one beautiful pantry!
Now on to my biggest nemesis when it comes to organizing….my garage.
See this garage? Isn’t it a beautifully organized garage that would make anyone envious? It’s NOT my garage! Mine looks like a literal pigpen and I’m really ashamed to even show it. You’ve seen little glimpses of it before, but it’s worse than ever. It’s the only real storage space I have in my house for all the tools and garden equipment I have.
Meet Cyndy, from The Creativity Exchange, who is responsible for this garage! It’s gorgeous and I’m so envious of her orderly and neat garage. She took on a big project and made it look fantastic. Just look at the rows of paint cans and rows of spray paint, all in their place, not to mention all the painted pegboard above, housing all sorts of organized supplies.
She managed to get this tucked into such a small area, and I think it’s only as deep as those paint cans on the bottom of that first picture, so it takes up almost no room. I’m aspiring to do something not quite this grand in my garage, but at least get the pegboard up all across one side of my garage. I’ve got block walls halfway up in my garage, so mine won’t look exactly like this but I can definitely get inspiration from Cyndy’s project!
I love all the little details she added on this wall to get her entire garage all organized. Small bins and wire holders to hold every single thing at a glance. I love that! Go on over and see Cyndy’s entire project and how she put it all together, she has a great blog if you haven’t met her yet! I could definitely use some of her organizing skills.
So, I wanted to share with you some great ideas for storage and see if you are like me and put things off far too long. I really am determined to get my garage in order this year and declutter and get rid of things I don’t need. I’m about to start a pile for Goodwill and some will go straight into the trash can. The rest I want to organize, hang up off the floor and get things looking better around here. I’ve got a good sized garage, but it’s not being utilized to the fullest.
Are you with me? Who else needs to get something organized at your house? Owning a home comes with that as there’s always something to do and organize. It’s amazing how things can get so cluttered in just a few years!