Week 4 of the Home Organization Challenge was the launch pad, and I was looking forward to this week as I’ve been meaning to organize our front hallway closet for awhile! I had shoes shoved into the shoe organizers, shoes laying all over the floor, and the top shelf was just crammed full of random things – shoe care products, mitts, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, and two heating pads (what?!).
My first job was to tackle the shoes – anything that I hadn’t worn in over a year was automatically thrown out (or put in a bag for donation if they were still in relatively good shape). One big garbage bag full of shoes that I haven’t worn in years were removed from that closet! I then swept out and mopped the floor of the closet.
As for the jackets, you don’t see many jackets in that closet as I only keep my two most often worn jackets and my husband’s two most often worn jackets in that closet. I try to keep some room in that closet for guests to hang up their jackets.
I bought a basket from Michaels to contain all the items in the top shelf. I had 7 scarves up on that shelf, only 3 of which I would wear. I had bought a basket from Chapters the other day, thinking that I needed storage for my scarves and throw blankets. I like having it by the front door as it matches the decor, but I actually don’t have that many scarves to fill it, and all of my throws are always actively in use on our couches and chairs. I had grand plans of having a nice fluffy white throw peeking out from that basket, but now it’s sitting pretty empty! Oh well. I’m sure I’ll find something to store in it as I progress through this Home Organization Challenge.
Speaking of empty, our front hallway area is looking pretty bare now that I’ve removed my Christmas decorations. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can decorate this area?
I’m looking for something all-season, as I don’t want to spend much money or time decorating for spring, then summer, then fall, then Christmas. The big mirror was a purchase from HomeSense and my husband made the live edge wood ledge, but I’m drawing a blank as to how to decorate the ledge.
Anyway, week 5 is the living room! Not much to do in our living room, but maybe I’ll take this opportunity to take down our Christmas tree!