Clean Up The Kitchen – An Organization Idea Guide


So you want a clean kitchen for the New Year but every single square inch of cabinet space is filled and there really seems to just be no end to the mess? I hear you. Come the New Year, I’m all for organizing every room in our house… there’s something so fresh and freeing about reorganizing. 

Here’s my unofficial-official Beneath My Heart Clean Up the Kitchen Idea Guide

Join in and purge out all the tools and dishes not used, and tackle some creative ways to organize.

1.  Maximize the drawer space | Source 


2.  Add shelving | Source


3.  Sneak in more storage with hanging baskets | Source


4.  Create a magnet board | Source


5.  Go vertical by hanging all your kitchen essentials on an old shutter | Source 


6.  Label baby! | Source



I have done several of these things in my kitchen, but I need to do better at labeling items and maximizing drawer space.  

Is there anything on this list that you need to do in your own kitchen?


Any more great organizing tips you want to share with the rest of us?



Pin these ideas for later!

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8 Organizing Life Hacks That Won’t Kill Your Style

Before I get into today’s post, can I just say that I love your guts!  Like seriously!  You guys overwhelmed me with your comments on yesterday’s post.  You filled me up with love and encouragement, and I feel so much more confident about which direction I want to go with my blog….which is basically…..don’t change a thing! :)
I love that you love hearing from my heart, because those are my favorite posts to write.  And I love that you like to read a mixture of posts.  Me too!  So I am just going to keep plugging on, doing what I do, and sharing it with you.  
And I pray that you know how much you are treasured in my heart.  Many of you said when you read my posts, you feel like you are talking to an old friend!  How cool is that?!!  ‘Cause when I’m writing to you, I feel like I am talking to my dear friends too!
Okay, so I’m excited about the new year now, and I THANK YOU!!
Now to today’s post….
With the New Year hear, I’m focusing on keeping organized, but doing it in style.  I love a clean home where everything has it’s place… and sometimes for that to happen, you have to get creative in what you use.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite “life hacks” to show you some organizing ideas that don’t compromise your home’s style. 


Keep the kitchen counter clutter away with a charing station for all iPhone, iPads and other electronics. Plus, if you’ve got little ones, this will ensure all electronics are kept out of the bedrooms at night.

Style tip: Pick a basket or this organizing DIY project that is the same as the hardware on your cabinets. (Typically black, silver or gold) |Found on Hometalk 

9616daf23c87e44871d176e0ad1943a7Turn a file sorter into a hand and wash towel holder in the linen closet of your bathroom.

Style tip: Go with a metal file sorter, it will hold up longer than plastic and will give a clean look. | Found on


Don’t miss the tiny space behind your bathroom doors to hold towels. As the momma of four boys, I know towel hanging space is prime real estate in keeping organized.

Style tip: Much like the charging station basket, pick towel rods that are the same as the other hardware in your bathroom. | Found on SASINTERIORS.NET.


You might have seen how I’ve used pegboard in my office craft closet, but for the kitchen, the possibilities of keeping organized are unlimited! 

Style tip: Paint the pegboard a darker color that pairs well with your kitchen.  Using a darker color paint will help hide the scratches and wear from all the use. | Found on huffingtonpost


All the men rejoice with this organizing “hack”! Keep your clutches and small handbags organized with a kitchen pot lid rack. | Found on buzzfeed


Go vertical with your bathroom counter.  Add a tiered tray to hold all the little things that usually get left on the bathroom counter space.

Style tip: Add an accent color to your bathroom with this tiered tray to bring a pop of color to the space.| Found on lizmarieblog 


Add a magnetic strip to hold all the bobby pins and little grooming tools.

Style tip: Paint the magnetic bar strip any color you’d like! | Found on


Ladder up! Who knew storing bathroom towels could get so easy. | Found on 



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Pantry Organization Inspiration! {Organizing Made Fun}

Hey friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  
It has been stormy in these parts and will continue to be today.  No going to the pool for us! :)
We had a great weekend in Nashville this past weekend, and some really exciting stuff is going on in our family, but unfortunately I am not allowed to share anything about it online.  :(   But as soon as I can, I promise I will! :)
summer spectacular
Today we have another wonderful guest post from a sweet friend of mine, Becky, from  Organizing Made Fun!  I met Becky many years ago when I first started blogging.  She is my “west coast friend.”  :)  I don’t get to see her as often as I would like, but every now and then we will end up at a conference together.  She has a wonderful organizing blog (who doesn’t need to be more organized?!,)  and she is sharing her organized pantry with us today!  Yay!!


I am so excited for Traci’s new little one joining them this summer! I’m also excited to share my favorite thing with you – organizing! I’m Becky from Organizing Made Fun and I’m going to share my organized pantry and a few tricks I did in it!
Inside the small walk-in kitchen pantry ::

We live in a 1947 home with all kinds of great character – and even though our kitchen isn’t so great, our walk-in pantry helps ease the pain of not having a fancy kitchen! 

Instead of repainting the shelving that was in the pantry, I used white contact paper. I knew if I painted it, with the amount of moving in and out of the containers, it would be only a matter of time and the paint would be messy looking anyway. So, the contact paper works beautifully!

Inside the small walk-in kitchen pantry ::

Used wallpaper to decorated the wall and help things pop ::

You might also notice that I “wall papered” the inside of my pantry. It’s wall paper I bought on Ebay, but it’s not actually stuck on with glue. I just simply used double sided tape to adhere it. I know myself, I’ll be ready for a change in a few years so this was a great solution!

Organizing food in clear containers makes it easier to see when you are low on something ::

Most of the containers I got at Ikea. I bought the chalkboard labels online at either Zulily or Groopdealz when they are on sale. I love them because it’s easy to change what it says on the label when I use a container for a different food.

Bottles with stoppers on them container all the different vinegars ::

I put my vinegars in bottles with stoppers {also picked up at Ikea}. They look great in there and I love how they all match. I can easily see how much is left in each container at a glance. You’ll notice that I use lots of clear jars. I love being able to see how much is left in each container quickly and easily to help me with meal planning and shopping lists.

Use the back of the door for more food storage ::

I use the back of the door to hold even more food. I use chalkboard label clips to label what is on each shelf. I used cardboard from boxes and spray painted it white to use as a shelf liner since the food would easily fall through the wire shelves. It works great!

Use chalkboard labels and mark the time each pasta needs to cook ::





Since I have taken the pastas out of the original packaging, I mark on each container how long the pasta needs to cook. If I need more detailed instructions, I simply snip off the instructions and tape to the underside of the snap on lid.

Use a tray, have all baking items on it to take in and out of the pantry ::

I have my “baking center” inside the pantry in a tray. It’s easy to take the whole tray out and bring to the counter whenever I bake. These are tupperware containers I’ve had for almost as long as I’ve been married. You can see one lid is a different color since they replaced the original with blue since the green has been discontinued. 

Keep kids chore charts inside the pantry ::

I have my kids’ chore charts inside the pantry. They have daily tasks and lists of what needs to get done before they go to school.

Small walk-in pantry ::

So, there you have it. I hope you’ve got a few more ideas about how to get your pantry organized – or at least a few places inside of it. If you’d like more organizing and DIY inspiration, come and take at look at Organizing Made Fun!


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Organized For Real! {How to Conquer Life’s Top 5 Chaos Hotspots.}


Hi! I’m Susan from Living Rich on Less. Traci and I met a few years back. She is such a genuine, authentic person and I’m blessed to call her my friend.


Traci and I at Haven 2014

Traci and I are both busy moms like YOU, and staying organized is not easy!  I asked if I could share a resource with all of you that has literally and helped me get organized for real.

It never fails. At the start of each new year, I have this feeling of being overwhelmed by “stuff,” followed by the need to clean and organize everything. Maybe you feel this way, too. In fact, maybe this feeling plagues you all year round.

How do you know if disorganization is weighing you down? If you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, you need an organizing “life raft” thrown your way. (Good news! I’ve got one.) ;)

  1. Do you often feel like your finances, schedule and even your thoughts are out of control?
  2. Does the clutter and chaos in your home give you stress and anxiety when what you really seek is joy, peace and rest?
  3. Do you feel like your family’s health and well-being are suffering due to a lack of organization?

I can totally relate. For many years, I tried without success to keep myself organized. I’d do well for awhile then fall off the wagon. Things would pile up and my schedule, home and life would spiral out of control again.

I had trouble keeping track of stuff, trouble getting projects done on time, and trouble keeping anything neat for very long. I’d vow to do better next time. I’d embark on one epic cleaning and organizing binge after another, and the cycle of struggling would continue.

It wasn’t until I was injured by the clutter in my own home – yes, I was physically injured by my own mess – that I was ready to do whatever it took to get organized for real.

I started to get serious about finding organizing solutions that really worked for chronically messy and busy moms like me.

I discovered that if I regularly practiced a few basic strategies in five key areas of organization, everything else in my life seemed to fall into relatively good order. I began to experience lasting joy and peace, and I even started noticing that my home seemed more comfortable and my family was happier, too.

I shared my tips with friends and family members and they encouraged me to write a book about them. So in an effort to help others like me keep their crazy busy lives organized, I wrote the electronic book, “Organized for Real: How to Conquer Life’s Top 5 Chaos Hotspots.”


This e-book is jam-packed with 76 pages of helpful (and practical) information about how to organize your mind, your schedule, your food, your finances and your home. And it is available for purchase today! I am so excited about this e-book because I truly believe it will be life-changing for many of you. The principles in this book have rocked my world!

To find out more details about the book, check out the brief video below:







To get your copy of my e-book, “Organized for Real: How to Conquer Life’s Top 5 Chaos Hotspots” and start creating the margin and beauty in your life that you crave, click the button below. Note: This e-book is currently on discount at 50 percent off for a limited time! Be sure to snag your copy now.

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Beginnings of a New Bookcase


Hey friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  :)

I wanted to show you a little something we are working on in our den.

We have this very weird space in our den that has left me stumped for over a year as to what to do with it.  When we added on the addition, we had this area by the steps that we decided to leave open because I wanted to be able to see the staircase easily. But that area has always been a thorn in my side as to how to decorate it.


I thought about turning it into a gallery wall, but just never felt like that would look right.  I’ve had a piece of furniture there when my den was arranged differently, and I liked it, but now that my couch is in front of that area, it just looks too crowded.


I was trying to find some pictures of this space so you could see what it looks like, but I don’t have many pictures of it because I have never really decorated (or liked) that area of our den.

Well, I have good news!!

We have come up with a solution for this troubled area, and I am loving it!

We are building bookcases!!

Here is what the space looked like when we starting drawing our plans on the wall.  :)

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We tore out the header (that we just built a couple of years ago!) so that the bookcase would be visibly all the way to the ceiling. 

The boys were extremely thrilled about this part!


We patched up the ceiling, and Cy wired the bookcase so that we could have picture lights at the top.


We gave the bookcase a fresh coat of paint, and now I am ready to style it!

I threw some things on the bookcase so I could take a picture on my phone and send it to my sister.  I am going to have fun styling these shelves throughout the seasons.  :)

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Our picture lights came in the mail TODAY, so as soon as Cy gets those installed, and I finish styling the shelves with pretty Springy things, I will show you the reveal!   Yay!!


Have a blessed day!


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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch in the Cottage of our Dreams (Part Five)


When I started this series, I wasn’t exactly sure how many “parts” there would be, but it seems we are already up to FIVE!  Whoop!

Let’s keep going!  :)

house transformation series


This small 11 ft x 11 ft room is to the left of our guest bathroom.  It was Eli and Adam’s room when we first moved in, and then it became a junk room when the boys moved into the addition.

Here is what I am talking about…

office makeover



I knew when we converted this room into my office, that I wanted a lot of desk space and window seats under the windows.  So I showed my ideas to Cy, and he brought me dream to life!  (I love that man.)  You can see how we began building it HERE.


custom window seat

And more of the building process HERE.

custom diy desk

We gave everything a fresh coat of white paint…

It was looking better already!

diy custom desk

Once we finished the desk, it was time to add upper cabinets!

diy cabinet makeover

We reused some of the cabinets that we had left over from our kitchen makeover and added some open shelving in the middle of them.

diy cabinet makeover

You can see the whole tutorial HERE.

diy cabinet makeover

For the space below the cabinets, I built a large burlap memo board.

burlap memo board


I am so glad I did this!  I use this memo board like CRAZY now!  To see how easy it was to make, click HERE. 

burlap memo board


Below my desk, I had Cy build me a cabinet, and I turned it into a file cabinet.

diy file cabinet

I attached a metal file holder to a piece of wood that slides in and out of the cabinet.  You can see how I did this HERE.

diy file cabinet


I also made new cabinet doors for the old kitchen shelves I hung above my desks and the window seats.  You can see the complete tutorial of how I made them HERE.

diy cabinet doors


And you can see how I made my window seat cushions in less than five minutes each by clicking HERE.

diy window seat cushion

One of my favorite projects in this room was turning the old bedroom closet into my craft closet

closet makeover

This space has been a life saver!

craft closet makeover


It was even featured in an organizing book!  Yay!

craft closet




I also love my HUGE command center calendar!  It’s on the wall to the left of my craft closet.

giant command center


My most recent pictures of my office were taken when I did a makeover on a chair


office chair makeover

Believe me, my desk does not look this clean, nor do I always have fresh flowers on my desk.  :)  Although I wish I did!  

office makeover

This chair is not longer in my office.  :(  The boys broke one of the legs while twirling around in it.  Oh well!  Good thing I only paid $6.50 for it at Goodwill, right?!

As you can see in the picture below, I added some wood blinds and a sisal rug.  For now, this space is officially done! I do have a sewing station on the other desk corner, but I haven’t taken any pictures of it yet.  I will try to do that soon and show it to you. 

office makeover

If you missed the previous four posts about our home renovation,

click on the links below:




Guest Bathroom


Thanks for stopping  by!

Come back tomorrow!  

We are headed over to the master bedroom in our addition! 




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My Giant Command Center!


Hey, Hey!

Well, we had a snow day here, and my boys are home.  That’s a good thing and a bad thing.  :)  Ya know what I mean?

I love having them here, but it puts a serious dent in my plans.  I’m still trying to get my office organized, and I am making progress, but it is slow.  I feel like the tortoise.  The Hare is kicking my tale!

Today, I am sharing my “throwback” post, so that I have more time to work on my office this week. 

This post was originally posted on August 27, 2013.  



I am so excited to show you my project today!

I have been wanting to make a “command center” in my home for like fo-ev-a!

giant wall command center

The biggest goal in my life right now is to be more ORGANIZED!  In our last home, I finally felt like I had a handle on all our “stuff,” and then we moved. Sad smile

It has taken almost 2 1/2 years in our new home for me to finally feel like I am starting to get more organized.  It has been so hard to be organized when, for the past two years, our house has looked like this…

installing kitchen floor

And this….

removing the kitchen soffit

Oh, and this…

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Just looking at those pictures gives me the hives!


So I cannot tell you how grateful I am that I now have an office space in our home where I can get my life organized!

craft closet makeover

I’m loving my craft closet.

And I’m starting to enjoy my new desk space, even though it isn’t completely finished.



But more than anything else, I am loving my Giant Command Center.

giant wall command center

I am a visual person, and I need to SEE things all laid out to help me stay organized.

So I painted a huge square on my wall with Chalkboard Paint from Lowe’s.

Then I used some inexpensive 1×3’s to frame it.

Since I like to see more than one month at a time, I decided to create 3 calendar grids on my wall.giant wall command center

I used a large level and a permanent white paint marker to create my calendar grids.

I decided to color-code the events on my calendar with Chalk-Ink markers.  (They are like chalk, but like a marker too.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.)

giant wall command center

The boys LOVE that they have their own color.  I hot glued a little wicker votive holder to the wall and placed my chalk markers in them.  Now, each event on the calendar is color-coded for each member of the family!

I bought a $5.00 clear plastic folder holder from Walmart, and spray painted it blue.  Then I hot glued that to the wall as well!  Smile

giant wall command center

The metal memo board is also from Walmart.  I use it to jot down important things that I need to remember to do.  I also use magnets to attach any appointment cards to it.  The little memo pad is magnetic, so it attaches perfectly to my metal memo board.  I use the memo pad to make my grocery lists or jot down any errands I need to run that day.  I tear the paper off and take it with me!

Hands down, my FAVORITE part of the Command Center is the four clipboards at the bottom!

giant wall command center

I have had a HORRIBLE time keeping up with all of my boys’ papers from school.  So I created a clip board for each of them to keep all of their important papers.  It has already saved my life this school year!  (I put four nails in the wall and hung a clipboard on each.)

When they bring home important papers from school about field trips or important school dates to remember, I say, “Clip it to your board!”

Now we always know where to find their papers.  It’s so much better than being buried in a pile of papers on my desk, like they used to be!

So there you have it!

Do I look organized or what?!

giant wall command center


I wish the rest of my house looked this way.  Smile

Baby steps, people, baby steps.


Do you have a command center

in your home?

 See you tomorrow for my last post in my “Organize Your Heart” video series!

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Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Home Management

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Welcome to the last week of Organize Your Heart and Home!

Organize heart and home

This week, we are focusing on Home Management Organization.


THIS is the area of my home that needs the most help!  I am soooooo not good at keeping up with paperwork and keeping things organized in my office.   It is definitely not my “gift.”

It bugs me to death that I struggle so much in this area.  Last year, I spent a week in January printing printables and putting together binders for all of my important “home stuff.”  Those binders have basically sat on my shelves, unused, the entire year.  Ugh.

So I am spending this week getting my office organized again.  Here is some evidence on Instagram…

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I’ve been scouring the web for Home Management inspiration, and here are some of my favorite to get you and I going! :)


Jen from I Heart Organizing shares how she does her budget binder.  She also has links to a lot of other great info too!



 Here is another great post on a Home Management Binders

martha stewart home management binder main image



I liked some of the simple stuff I found in this post at Modern Ms. Darcy.   There is a link to a book that I downloaded, and I am going to read soon.  I think I need it. :)




I really liked the idea of this simple chore chart, from Not Consumed, for my boys.  Right now, we do not have a chore system in place, and we are needing one badly.  I might give this a try by adding one more zone.  :) 



Here are some simple and doable tips to help you manage your time at home from Cloudy with a Chance of Wine.




This is one of MY FAVORITE organizing blogs, A Bowl Full of Lemons! There is SO much great information there!  You can find how to organizing your bills, organize your meals, and how to organize your cleaning schedule.  




Hope these ideas will help get your started on organizing your home!  I will be sharing my “mostly” organized office on Thursday instead of tomorrow. :)  I’ve still got a LOT to do in there!

Have a blessed day!


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Organize Your Heart – Part 3 (video)


Happy Hump Day!

I pray you are having a wonderful week!

Today is Part 3 of my video series on Organizing Your Heart!

I am sharing how I use a prayer journal during my quiet time.  I learned this method when I was a teenager, and I have used it ever since.  Thank you for letting me share this with you!

If you missed the first two videos, you can click on the link below.

Organize Your Heart – Part 1

Organize Your Heart – Part 2

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Organizing the Hall Closet


Hey, y’all!

Well, I started organizing my closet last night, but didn’t get it finished until today.  I took some pictures this evening before Adam and Luke’s basketball games, and now I am finally editing my photos and writing my post.  Whew!

Even though it has been a hectic 24 hours, I am SO glad to be getting ORGANIZED!!!

closet organization

This is the second little organization project on this closet in the past two years.  I have to show you the other one first. 

It cracks me up.

Closet Makeover

Dude.  Look at my closet before.  It was a sad situation.  You can read about how I organized it HERE.

I also shared THIS POST about how I changed the bifold doors on the closet to these beautiful bead board paneled doors.

diy closet door makeover

This used to be a small closet in one of the bedrooms before we tore the walls down and turned this area into a hallway.  You can see where this closet is in respect to my den in the photo below.

hall closet

I LOVE these doors!  :)

Unfortunately, over the past year, I haven’t been to nice to my closet, and yesterday, it looked like this…



The drawers in the closet needed organizing too!

closet organization

I followed my organizing system, and Dumped, Ditched, and Divided.

3-d's of organizing

I dumped everything in the closet out in the hallway floor.


This step is messy, but necessary.

Then I ditched the junk, and put the rest in a large bag to take to Goodwill this week. 

That part feels so good!

Lastly, I divided all of the remaining items back into the closet where I wanted them. 
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The top two hanging rods hold mine and Cy’s summer clothes.

The bottom hanging rod holds my tablecloths.

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I also found three cloth laundry baskets to fill up the floor space and create more storage.

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Notice how organizing this closet has created some empty storage spaces for me to use?

I’m still trying to decide what I want to put in those spaces.

I decided to use the middle laundry basket to store extra bed sheets…

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The basket on the left holds some extra pictures that I haven’t hung up in our house yet.   And the basket on the right is empty!  Yay!   More storage space!  :)

I added one belt hanger on the right side door last year, but I decided to add another one above it for ties.  This is the easiest area to keep track of all of my boys’ belts and ties.

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They have a lot more ties and belts that I will be adding to this space.

On the left door, I added a “wrapping station.”  I took all of the stuff I had in the drawers and created storage for it on the door.

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I used this letter tray from Walmart to create storage for my tissue paper and gift bags.  But I didn’t use it in the way it was made for!


I attached it flat to the door to create a “pocket” to store things in.

To do this, I simply placed the letter tray where I wanted it on the door, traced the outline with a pencil, attached 3M mounting tape on top of the pencil line, and then attached the letter tray.


I chose to do this because the letter trays were only $5.00 and the best deal I could find to save some money. 


When I peeled the red layer off of the tape, I pushed the letter tray onto the door to stick.  Since these baskets will be holding very light items, I knew the tape would be able to hold everything just perfectly!

I loved that the letter tray had a little wire on the bottom of the tray that I could hang my tissue paper on!

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I also used an “S hook” that I already had and hung it on my letter tray to hold my tape.

I found these silver metal baskets at Walmart for $10 a piece.  I wish I could find them cheaper, but I couldn’t. 

Most “over the door” hanging baskets have metal hooks on top that cannot be removed.  I liked these baskets because you didn’t have to use the hooks if you didn’t want to.


I attached the baskets to the wall with 3M mounting tape…


I used the top wire basket to hold more gift bags, and the lower wire basket to hold wrapping paper.  

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I also attached the “over the door” hooks to the sides of my basket to hold my scissors.  Perfect!

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Do you see that small “open” gift bag at the bottom of the door?   I attached it to the door with some more 3M mounting tape and filled it with all of my self-sticking bows.  

I am SO pleased with how my closet looks now. 
Most of my drawers are empty now, so I am looking forward to filling them up too and adding some cute handles.  I will share that with you when I do.
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Do you see that small gap on the right side of the closet with nothing in it?

I am going to get a hanging rod to go in that space and hang my off season dresses in that space.  

There you have it!  I am so glad to get this project checked off my “to do” list!  :)

Come back tomorrow for my Organize Your Heart video post!

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