Operation: Organization – Abby From Just a Girl and Her Blog

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We always enjoy having Abby guest post with us; she has such a knack for organizing and beautifying her home!  If you haven’t visited her over at Just a Girl and Her Blog, then you really should; she’s got buckets of talent to share.  It’s no coincidence that organized closets are at the top of everyone’s to-do list these days; I’m working on mine, as well.

Here’s Abby with some closet inspiration:

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Hey there, 11 Magnolia Lane readers! I’m Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog, and I am SO thrilled that Amy & Christy invited me over to talk about one of my favorite topics today– organizing!! My husband, two sons (ages 7 & 4) and I live in a small-ish 3 bedroom townhouse, so in order to make everything fit without feeling cluttered, organization is a must!

I’ve kind of been on a closet organizing spree lately. Since our house is small, storage space is limited, so I’ve really been trying to maximize my closets as much as possible. We’ve done 3 closets that serve 3 very different purposes, and though they’re little, they really do prove that with some organization and planning, you can truly make the very most of a small space.

Closet 1: Our Master Bedroom

We only have one closet in our master, and it is a far cry from a walk-in. Originally equipped with a single bar and shelf, our clothes were crammed inside and really not organized at all.

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When we couldn’t take the crowded, cluttered mess any longer, we decided to install IKEA’s ALGOT system (You’ll see this as a recurring theme with our closets!) to try to make better use of the space. Besides the new closet system, we also purged a ton of clothes we no longer wore, which gave us more room. We used a few strategic bins to hold items like belts, small sandals, and folded sweaters, and our final result was a much more functional, organized closet!

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Oh, so much better! I can actually find my clothes now, which is fantastic, and our whole room feels tidier because the closet is organized!

Closet 2: Our Kitchen Pantry

We recently completed a major kitchen renovation at our house, and one of the major issues I needed to address was the pantry. Our original pantry was teeny tiny and just would not work no matter how many times I organized it. I ended up putting a shelf in our entry closet (which is just a few steps away from the pantry) to give myself some extra storage space, but it became cluttered easily and I knew that I needed a better solution.

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We ended up moving our coat storage elsewhere and converting this entire closet to the pantry, again using the IKEA ALGOT system. I reorganized my dry goods and spices, making labels for everything with my Silhouette Cameo + adhesive vinyl. I also used some baskets from Michael’s to corral my other pantry supplies– one for baking supplies, one for snacks, and one for mixes and boxed items.

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It’s amazing what a little bit of organization can do, right?! I now smile rather than cringe every time I open the pantry doors! 🙂

Closet 3: My Craft Closet

My craft closet was the space I never showed on the blog. It was a cluttered mess and was full of broken organizational systems. I had just rounded up whatever worn out storage pieces weren’t in use in our house to store everything in this space, and it showed– a sagging drawer unit, a rickety tower from our old laundry room, and diaper boxes to store my various craft supplies. {And I haven’t had a kid in diapers in nearly 2 years, so that tells you how long it has been like this! 😉 }

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Since the ALGOT system had worked so well in our other closets, we decided to utilize it again for this one. We also used some FJALLA boxes, which I labeled with vinyl letters cut by my Silhouette machine. I worked in a spot to hang extra blankets and pillow covers when I wasn’t using them and even had room to store my throw pillow collection on the top shelf! 🙂

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Small closets can definitely be a challenge, but it is totally possible to make them organized and functional when you have the right systems in place! Until we took the time to really figure it out and get our closet organization exactly right, I never realized how big an impact it made on our everyday life. We waste less time now because we can find things more easily. We’re more inclined to put things back where they go because everything has a designated spot. And each room feels more peaceful and put together now that the closets are less cluttered!

Thank you again to Amy & Christy for having me, and thank YOU for reading! If you love organization as much as I do, I’d love to have you over for a visit to Just a Girl and Her Blog— there are plenty more organizing projects over there! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Thanks, Abby–such great ideas!
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Because we want to share the organizing love with you all, we’ve got some great giveaways during this series.  Xangar is giving away a 50-pack of their clothes hanger spacers to one lucky reader (a $79.99 value!) so that you can tackle your closet and make it simply beautiful and organized.  I’ll be using them in my closet makeover, which I’ll show you at the end of the series, and I’m so excited about them!  {Shop for them now here}

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We’re also including one of our 11 Magnolia Lane calendar pads to help you keep your week on track.  Read more about how to best use them {here} or shop them {here}.

Good luck!  Enter the giveaway here:

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We are also giving away a second organization package including time management tools from Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog, a package from Picture Keeper, courtesy of Simply Organized, and a 10 Tips to a More Organized Life from Morganize Me to really get someone’s year off to a great start! Enter to win those here:

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Follow our group Operation: Organization Pinterest board {here}.

Operation: Organization 2016
Monday, January 11—Lisa from Organize 365
Wednesday, January 13—Erin from Sunny Side Up
Thursday, January 14—Shand from Quarters One
Friday, January 15—Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog
Saturday, January 16—Morgan from Morganize with Me
Sunday, January 17—Heather from The Heathered Nest
Monday, January 18—Mary from Mary Organizes
Tuesday, January 19—Melissa from Polished Habitat
Wednesday, January 20—Becky from Organizing Made Fun

Have a beautifully organized day, and thanks for stopping by–

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for having me, ladies! I’m honored to be part of this series! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

  2. I like the tip of putting a shelf in our entry closet because we have a small kitchen area

  3. Making labels for dry goods and spices in the pantry is a great tip.

  4. This post made me realize there is hope for my closet in the master bedroom! :0)

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