"" The Exhausted Mom: Operation Organization ~ My Hall Closet/Pantry

June 20, 2012

Operation Organization ~ My Hall Closet/Pantry

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a "closet" disaster!!!  There are parts of my house that stay hidden from the outside world.  And for good reason; they are a MESS!  These are the places, that as time goes by, become the "catch all" places where we put things. 

That's why I have initiated Operation Organization in my house this summer!!

I know....I'm ashamed!
My hall closet is one such place.  There isn't enough closet space in my house.  Each room has one and we have the hall closet.  That's it.  It's very frustrating.  That's why the hall closet is our "hiding place" for things without a home.

I use this space for my extra pantry items (ex. "buy one get one" items, or pantry items we get at BJs, etc.), family games, my plastic plates for outdoor dining, candles, party supplies, and the kids' crafts.  Then as days go by, things just get placed there and they never leave.   

I started at the top and worked my way down.  I made piles of the items:
  • Things to keep
  • Things to donate
  • Things to sell 
  • Things to toss

I felt like I was in my own episode of a "redecorating" show.  

I made bins and clearly labeled them with the items inside.  For example, "Homework Bin," "Crafts," and "Cards & Card Games."  This will make finding those things easier. 

I thought of buying hooks to hang the backpacks and lunchboxes.  I was too lazy and cheap to go to the store, so instead I just hammered in a couple of long nails into the wall and hung up the bags on the inside of the closet.

Now check out our new and improved hall closet!! 
Let's just hope it stays this way!!

Next up on Operation Organization: the garage!

What are your organizing ideas? Do you ever let your life get this "messy?"  How do you stop the madness before it starts?



  1. lookin good! i hate organizing, i'm the worst at it. you should see my guest room and closet right now-disaster zone!

  2. I have to periodically clean and straighten up the hall closet and pantry as well. I have the same problem... no storage space in this house.

  3. You should see my attic closet!

    I know this awesome business in south Florida who do custom closets! They are a husband and wife team and they do amazing work! I can give you their number!! ;)

    1. Unfortunately, for some reason, they don't like doing work at my house.... ;)

  4. I go through spurts organizing and re-organizing my spaces. I swear it is a never-ending battle in our teeny-tiny apartment.


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