Here's what our laundry room closet was looking like in fall of last year.
It's not horrible, just kind of jumbly. We have a Keurig and those boxes were all over the place and half full. You can see some attempt at organization by the clear boxes that hold batteries, light bulbs, hand sanitizer and pet supplies.
Here are my hints for organizing an all-purpose closet or cabinet:
- Designate shelves for certain purposes. If a group does not take up an entire shelf put another group that corresponds on that shelf (laundry stuff with candles for me. all the good smelling stuff in one place!)
- Move stuff you rarely use to the garage or attic. We have an air mattress that barely gets used but I like to have it just in case. It was taking up some valuable real estate on the bottom of the closet and got moved. Now toilet paper reserves live there. I can almost guarantee we'll use the toilet paper before we haul out the air mattress again!
- Have a wastebasket nearby for throw away items. Consider the cost of keeping an item versus the cost of rebuying an item. Below you can see that I tossed some sponge bombs that I had made for L this past summer. They cost about $2 to make but were taking up some precious space. Also, they had gotten strangely stiff.
- Large shallow boxes make for an easy way to group items that are messy. We grabbed some great white Pluggis recycling containers from Ikea. They have a low cut in the front so you can easily see what the box contains.
- When placing items back on their shelf put extras in the very back, open products in the middle and your most used items in front.
- Unpackage things that live in too large packaging. I discovered that this large awkward Bounce box contained one itty bitty bar. I just popped the bar out and saved a lot of space!
Here's the after picture!
It's much easier to find things and easier on the eyes! I tend to buy things in bulk so it's nice to have some open space in this closet where I can just store items as soon as I bring them home instead of having to make room.