I’m the master of tiny spaces. I’ve lived in efficiency apartments, miniscule duplexes, cramped 70s-era tract houses, and even a room above a horse stable. These storage-challenged abodes taught me, through necessity, how to live pared-down and packed-away.
So imagine my utter joy when we moved into a roomy home with what seemed like acres of closets and miles of cabinets to me. Ahh, the freedom! I organized by season. I said yes to kitchen gadgets. I collected crafting supplies with abandon.
Here I am, four years later, struggling to close closet and cabinet doors against mountains of stuff. It’s time to channel my former minimalist self and tackle this before a hoarding reality TV crew catches wind and appears on my doorstep. Armed with my go-to storage faves, Ziploc® Brand Space Bags and clever trunk-style Space Cubes, and some handy tips from the Ziploc® Fresh 180 challenge, I’m ready to take on the mess.
I hit the entryway coat closet first, finding an interesting – er, troubling – mix of motorcycling, scuba diving, and skiing gear stacked knee-high. Looks like hubby cleaned the garage and opted for climate-controlled storage. No matter. It can stay, sorted and packed away in my handy Ziploc® Brand Space Bags and Cubes. Voila! It’s a coat closet again.
I continue the procedure in the linen closet, packing and storing spare quilts and bedspreads using the Ziploc® Brand Space Cubes to reduce the bulky items to half their size. Next stop, the guestroom closet.
This once spacious closet is now brimming with fabrics and crafting supplies. This won’t do at all. We have visitors arriving soon and hospitality requires a bit of closet space, but I don’t have time to do a full cleanout. I can free up a fair amount of space with Ziploc® Brand Space Bags and Cubes. I tuck my fabrics, half-finished sewing projects, and trimmings into one cube and bring the rest under control using the smaller Ziploc® Brand Space Bags. Since these have handles, I slip them onto hangers to make the most of my closet-turned-crafting-center.
With the major clutter culprits under control, I review the challenge’s space-saving tips for further inspiration. I find some good ideas for making space in kids’ rooms, and were my daughter 10 years old or so, I wouldn’t hesitate to act. But at 15, I think my best move is to toss a few bags and cubes into her room along with a copy of the challenge’s tips, close the door, and walk away. Maybe she’ll get the hint. Any bets on that?
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