Organizing Madison Blog

Sewing/Craft Room
April 13, 2011, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Before and After pix
sewing room BEFORE
sewing room AFTER

 This sewing/craft room was too cluttered to even be used.

 In less than three hours, this room was transformed into a functional place for sewing and crafts.
  Everything was categorized and re-“containerized” to make everything accessible and easy to maintain. 



Home Office Help!
January 18, 2011, 11:47 am
Filed under: Before and After pix, Office Organization, Organizing Tips

Home office, before: 



  Home office, after:


By utilizing storage boxes, vertical sorters and binders, we were able to create order out of the piles.  Everything has been assigned a place to make it easy to quickly find things and to maintain the order.  Organizational products can be found pretty much anywhere these days, but some of my favorites include Ikea, The Container Store, Target, Menards and Office Depot.

Closet Before & After
July 22, 2010, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Before and After pix

Here’s a closet that, due to a slanted ceiling, has limited space.  We worked with a local closet company to create a closet system to make the space more functional.  This is actually one really long closet with two sets of doors, so here are two different sets of ‘before’ & ‘after’ pictures to show how we maximized the space.






May 14, 2010, 10:36 am
Filed under: Before and After pix, Organizing Tips
Simplify Your Life
Life is already hectic…and now with weather getting nicer, wouldn’t it be nice to spend more time taking advantage of the weather and all the fun things that Madison has to offer rather than spending time constantly dealing with the chaos in the home?
A few tips…
  • Reduce Clutter
    • Keep only things that you use/need/love
    • Be realistic (if you haven’t used/worn it in a year, it’s time to get rid of it)
    • Enlist help (friend, family or professional)
    • Donate, Recycle or Toss things you don’t use/need/love
  • Reorganize/Repurpose things in your home to make your life easier
    • i.e. spice cabinet –> spice drawer (see attached before & after pictures)

    • The cabinet made it hard to find things, drawer makes all spices visible and accessible
    • If needed, invest in shelves/drawers so you have a place to put things
  • Limit what you bring in to the house
    • shop only when you need something
    • don’t buy something just because it’s on sale

Creating order in the pantry
March 21, 2010, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Before and After pix, Organizing Tips

Here’s a BEFORE picture of a pantry that needed a little organizing attention:



The first step was to clear out the entire pantry.  This was a great opportunity to wipe down all of the shelves and give the floors a quick cleaning.  We decided that more shelving would help to keep things more organized, so we adjusted the current shelves and added a shelf to both the side wall and back wall.   This gave us more space to put similar items together and to create a place for everything.



Though the angle of the picture doesn’t quite capture the full effect of the reorganization, there is, in fact, much more order in this pantry.  With the addition of the two new shelves (one on the side wall, one on the back wall) there is more room to categorize all of the pantry items.  There is now a clear pathway into the pantry and there is still additional storage space underneath the bottom shelf.  It will now be easier to find everything in this pantry and will make creating a shopping list much easier when you can tell what you have and what you need.

Here are some closer-up views of the pantry to show the newly organized shelves:


Tackling the junk drawer…
March 21, 2010, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Before and After pix, Organizing Tips

Ah, the junk drawer.  The random catch-all area of the house.   Here’s an example of a mighty cluttered, not-at-all-organized junk drawer:


The first step to creating order in this drawer is to SORT through everything.  Remove items that belong in a different part of the house; toss anything that is broken or “unknown”; put like items together.

Once everything is sorted, it’s time to “CONTAINERIZE” everything that needs to go back into the drawer.  Yes, you can buy some new cute matching containers at the store, but it’s just as easy to use things you already have around the house (think, old check boxes or other containers you would otherwise recycle or toss.)



As you can see, this drawer now has a sense of order.  It is easier to find things and, because of all of the containers, it will be easier to put things back where they belong.