Our very messy closet

Every year I do it. I make resolutions that I am determined to keep, only to find myself easing back into my old, comfortable way of living. Last year I was going to lose weight. The year before, I was going to lose weight. The year before…well, let’s just say there’s a definite trend. This year is different. This year I’m putting my foot down. Yep, this year I am BOYCOTTING resolutions. That’s it, you heard it here first. A woman swearing off the need to announce on January 1 that she is going to lose weight, travel the world, climb a mountain, fix the economy, wash her hair every day, cook 10 meals at home a day, whatever. This year I’m taking a stand! Now saying this, that doesn’t mean I can’t set goals, right? I mean, it’s good to have goals. One personal goal I set when I started running was to run a half-marathon. Check…currently in training and signed up to run in April. Another goal was to try to be more frugal at home. Check…already couponing up a storm, using homemade laundry soap, and cutting back unnecessary expenses. My last goal was to finally get this house organized and…hmm…that one didn’t seem to get started. As you can see by my linen closet, organization is not my family’s strong point.

Neatly rolled up towels

So, I decided to buckle down conquer my overwhelming phobia of “a place for everything and everything in its place” and just get organized. My obvious first choice, the linen closet, got a complete facelift. First, I emptied the entire closet (my husband LOVES when I do this) and sorted my linens by category: bedsheet sets, towels, hand towels, wash clothes, blankets, and tablecloths (these got moved to my new buffet as you will later see). Then, I gave the closet a good dusting (you’d be surprised how many dust bunnies are hiding in your closet). Next, I inspected my linens closely for any damage or mismatched sets. After cutting several mismatched linens into shop towels, I was finally ready to put things back together. I had bought some clear plastic containers for this project at a local big box store for about $3.00 each. I wanted to use clear bins so I could see my items when looking for something in particular. Next, I added my linens to the bins. I rolled my towels for maximum space-saving, and stored my sheet sets in their pillowcases. I also placed them on the shelf according to use and reaching ability of small children. The last thing I did was label my bins so that anyone folding and putting away laundry would know exactly where to put them.

The finished project. A nice, neat, organized closet that my family can now use

This project took me about 2 1/2 hours to do from start to finish. We’ve had it this way for almost 4 weeks now, and as you can see, this system seems to work for us. Hopefully, this is the start of a beautiful, new, organized home. Let me know how you keep your home neat and organized. Trust me, I could use the advice 🙂
P.S. I’m currently working on my oldest son’s room and it is such a big project I will have to give you weekly updates. Look forward to more closet organization, headboard making, homemade curtains, and more (all on a very strict budget). I can’t wait to share it with you!


  1. I admire you! You’re beautiful inside & out! You’re VERY motivated! THANKS for sharing!! Blessings!

  2. Ok… so HOW do you make homemade laundry soap? I would LOVE to try this!!

    • Here’s my recipe, and it works GREAT! 1 bar Fels Naptha soap (grated), 1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda. You will need a very big pot, funnel, long spoon, and 2 empty gallon jugs/containers. Grate the bar soap and add to pot. Fill one gallon jug with water and add to pot. Cook on med/low heat will soap dissolves. Add Borax and washing soap. Bring to boil (it will get very thick). Turn off heat and add 1 gallon cold water. Stir. Pour 1 gallon (using funnel) detergent into each container. Use 1/2 cup per load. It lasts about 6-9 mths which is great for the budget. I also add white vineger to a Downy fabric softener ball to my wash. The vineger is a natural fabric softener and there is no scent. Great for kids with skin issues. Have fun!

  3. Awesomeness I will be trying this out next pay day! I wonder if I could just re-use like the gain bottle or whatever? and a big pot… like the spaghetti noodle pot? or like the big ol soup pot?

    • Any 1 gallon container will work as long as it has a tight lid (you will need to shake between uses). Also, the pot I used was a really big stock pot. The detergent will rise in the pot when it starts to boils, so make sure you have plenty of room at the top. Also, you will need to let the detergent sit for 24 hours before use. It’s kinda thick at first, but shaking the bottle really helps.

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