Get Organized–Look with Fresh Eyes

We have a larger family and an average sized home.  We have a lot of stuff, but not a lot of space.  My tip is to get the things that you use daily organized.  For example our laundry room is right off of the garage, so it has become the dumping ground for backpacks, coats, musical instruments etc.  The children use the most of these things daily or multiple times each week.  I have a wire rack in there that I put all of my kitchen overflow items and extra laundry supplies.  These are things that I don’t have space for, or appliance that I don’t want on the counter, or things I don’t use that often.

Laundry room shelf--before photo

My son had to do a family project for scouts and I thought that the laundry room could be a lot more efficient.  Of course his solution was to get rid of my things off of the shelf and put the kids stuff there.

I hated the idea at first.  Why is it always my stuff that needs to go?  Sometimes, that is how it seems!

I thought about it for a while, and he is right.  I don’t use that stuff frequently enough to justify taking up valuable shelf space in our cramped room.

Shelf-- after photo-kids backpacks are with them at school!

He cleared all of the shelves and claimed the bottom 2 shelves for kids backpacks and the middle shelf for musical instruments.  We moved some things around and getting all of the backpacks and musical instruments off of the floor has mad a big difference.

All of my items are in the basement on a shelf that we had just cleared off.  It makes sense to have these out of the way, but still easily accessible.

Look at your problem areas with fresh eyes.  My son didn’t worry about hurting my feelings, he looked at efficiency in the space and I am thankful for that!
This is linked to Frugal Tip Tuesday.

2 thoughts on “Get Organized–Look with Fresh Eyes

  1. I love that your son found a solution to the problem. I wish I had space to put things like backpacks ect. To the right of the back door is a tiny bathroom and you enter right into the kitchen and I don’t have a wall to hang a lot of things on. The area looks great!

  2. I wish I had a place for backpacks that wasn’t completely out of the way. As it is they sit right in the den as you walk in the door. First place to dump when the kids walk in I guess. I really wish I had a mudroom! Nice job getting your son to figure out a solution. We recently gave my son the task of reattaching the railing to the staircase. He jumped right on it and did a great job. I think they like getting a task that requires them to think and that will really help out the family.

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