My next problem area was probably the worst problem in my house: the utility closet. This area didn't bother me as much as my craft cabinet because, apparently, I craft more than I clean! But it really was a disaster! It was a catch-all area and if I needed anything, I would always have to rummage around until I found the item and then when I was finished with it I would shove it back in there and push the door shut. Can you relate?
I was completely inspired by a guest post by Clean Mama at The Idea Room. She gives lots of tips for organizing everything that collects in a closet or mudroom and I followed all of them!
Her first suggestion was to group all like items together and put them in containers. Hmmm...it seems like I have heard that before! My real estate agent sends me a $5.00 gift card to Home Depot every year and I usually just throw them into a drawer. I collected all of them and went on a shopping spree! I bought quite a few of these plastic shoe boxes (they were less than $1.00 each) and organized all of my odds and ends.
Her next suggestion was to label everything. I downloaded her free labels, printed them on cardstock, laminated them, and cut them out.
I followed Clean Mama's suggestion and attached the labels to the shoe boxes using hook and loop tape so I can switch them should the need arise. Absolutely brilliant. Go here to download Clean Mama's free labels. You can use her categories or you can download blank ones and create your own categories (which is what I did).
Her final suggestion was to hang bulky items to get them off the floor and maximize space.
This was my favorite suggestion because I never knew what to do with my mops and brooms. I would lean them against the wall and, more often than not, they would hit me in the face when I opened the door. Hanging them up gives me much better access (maybe I will use them more).
These 3/8 inch S-hooks only cost a few cents each at Home Depot and they slip easily over the rod in the closet.
While I was at Home Depot I found a hook that lets you hang your ironing board on the back of a door.
I also found this container which holds rolls of wrapping paper. I have an inordinate amount of wrapping paper (my niece has a Sally Foster fundraiser every year with her dance group) and I stored it all in a garbage bag in the back of the closet. It was really inconvenient to get to it so I would usually just buy a gift bag! Now I can properly wrap all of my presents!
I am so happy with how this project turned out. I recommend visiting Clean Mama for even more organization strategies.