I’ve been on an organizing kick lately. This year, I’ve blogged frequently about how I’d like to create a fun, but clean basement playroom for my kids. (Check out my posts on my plans for fixing up our unfinished basement on the cheap).
My kids currently have a play space in our unfinished basement, but the toys are stored in open storage, which makes the basement playroom space look messy. Plus, since the basement is unfinished, the only color in the space (besides the toys) is the drab gray of the basement floors and walls.
I like what the folks at mom blog, My Blessed Home, did for their basement playroom space — they brightened it up by painting the walls white, hanging up some curtains to soften the hard walls, and covering the floors with colorful foam carpet tiles for their kids. Since I am looking to fix up our basement on a limited budget, I am thinking of doing something like they did to their space in our basement.
Shoes Under Control
Another space that I tackled recently is my home’s entry hall. Since our home is carpeted, we take our shoes off at the door to keep our house clean. Our entry hall serves as a mini mudroom for us and became very visually unappealing, since the shoes were in open racks and could easily be seen. So, I recently placed a small bookcase with cloth bins for the shoes next to the entry so we could keep our shoes out of sight. I think the “mudroom” space looks a lot neater now!
Moving on to the Kitchen
Earlier this week, I turned my organization efforts on to the kitchen. Underneath the counter next to the fridge is a large cabinet in which my family tends to store pasta, soups and canned vegetables. (My kitchen doesn’t have a closet pantry.) The space constantly got on my nerves — I used to stack cans and boxes in the pantry, and whenever I would try to take something out, other items would come tumbling out.
I took two cloth bins and used them to organize all the cans and things in our pantry. In one bin I put our soups, and in the other I stored other products like boxed mac n cheese and snacks for the kids. On the shelf above the bins, I placed a wire organizing shelf, and used the space on the two levels to store stuff I don’t use as often, such as bread crumbs and soup stock.
I had space left over on the sides of the bins, so I used that space to store my canned veggies and things like plastic storage bags and foil for wrapping food. I like how the new organized pantry looks, and it’s now much easier to find the items we want — plus, I no longer have cans of veggies hitting my feet when I open the pantry!
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