How I'm getting organized in 2014!

If you've followed me very long or seen pictures of my classroom you know that I love organization! I've got more plastic bins, baskets, and tubs than I will ever need but when I see them I just can't resist! My classroom is small and time with each group is limited so I've made it a point to make sure things were well organized and easily accessible by my students, me, and any other teacher who happens to be working with me. It makes for smooth transitions and easy planning. I love it!

I am always on the look out for more bins and storage idea that match my classroom colors and was so excited to find these gems this week......
I got these adorable drawers and tubs at Dollar Tree. I'm not sure what I will put in them yet but they were just too cute to pass up!

I snagged this file holder at Target in the dollar spot, and after careful searching in two different stores this was the only one I could find...so sad! I love it and would love to find more to use as student book boxes. Hopefully my store will get more of these!

Now, organizing my home is a different story. I love to be organized but the other members of my family don't care about it nearly as much as I do. This makes for a difficult situation, especially since the hubby and I share a closet and all four of us share one bathroom.

My main goal for 2014 is to keep these two areas nice and neat, and to stop trying to figure out who used which toothpaste and whose razor is whose in the bathroom! So here's what I've come up with!
These baskets from Target's dollar spot now hold each persons items in the bathroom cupboard, I'm working on name tags too! It looks SOOO much better and I think my family actually liked it. They can take their basket out while they are in there, use what they need then put the whole thing back! Simple and organized!!  LOVE!!

Now for the closet.....part of the problem is I own way to much stuff! Yep I admit it, I love to shop and I often by things because they are on sale and then I don't really like how they fit but I keep them anyway because they are nice, and I got such a good deal, I might wear them someday right?

Well I've decided wearing something once a year doesn't warrant keeping it! So I was ready to get rid of some stuff and get the closet under control. As I was searching for closet organization tips I ran into this blog post about having only 40 hangers in your closet! I was intrigued.

Then I looked in my closet and thought, there is NO WAY I could get all that down to just 40 hangers!! I was still determined to get as much space freed up as I could so I headed to Bed Bath & Beyond with a gift card I got from sweet friends at work and a 20% off coupon (savvy me) and came home with these.

Now I had a 50 hanger challenge! I should have taken a before picture of my closet but I didn't! I just got right to work purging and rehanging. About half way through the closet my bed looked like this!


I never realized how much was just hanging there never, or hardly ever, worn. I never realized how many ugly hangers I had. I never realized how much better I would feel when my closet finally looked like this!
You can see it's a small closet. A small portion holds my husbands suits and dress clothes (I did not count his clothes in my 50 hangers). I still have plenty of variety and, I did it, I made it down to just 50 hangers with out feeling like I just couldn't part with something!! I am so excited!! Next I think I will tackle the shoes!! But not today! Here's a look at the hangers I freed...


All 100 + of them!! I told you I was a clothes hoarder! It feels wonderful to be organized! Don't you agree?

I love seeing how others organize themselves as well so head on over to Blog Hoppin and link up for the final day of 2014 goals! Show us your best organizational skills!

Thanks for reading! Hope your all staying safe and warm if you're anywhere near the massive Winter storm we are getting. It's cold out there! Enjoy your last day of break (unless you get a snow day out of this for tomorrow) and have a great Sunday!

4 comments

  1. Love those Dollar Tree finds!

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  2. The OCD in me dreams of matching hangers in the closet. Maybe in our new house. Your organization looks great :)
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  3. I love those Dollar Tree finds! I need to get those cute little plastic drawers and baskets!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  4. 50 things...I don't think I could do it. BRAVO to you. One day...one day I will try this. Love that you got rid of all the mismatched hangers. I have often considered doing that. I would be scared to count how many I have in my closet. Oh my goodness!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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