When life is getting more stressful for ‘no reason.’ I can often link it back to an area of disorganization that I’ve let slip.
- If the kids toys are suddenly spread all over the house, it’s usually time for a toy purge or re-organization.
- If our clothes seem to be taking over, it probably means I’ve left out some of last seasons’ clothes making our closets too small to hold everything.
- If the kitchen seems to never stay clean, it’s time to evaluate what is in the kitchen cupboards that I’m not using yet is taking up all the space of everything I am using – and then leaving on the counters because there is nowhere else to put it!
Similarly, it was time to deal with the linen closet.
- Space: As you can see our space was limited. I had to think carefully about what was most important and pitch the rest.
- Usefulness: I also realized that clearing out some beauty products were emotional. I had to admit, that I didn’t have time to look as beautiful and put together as I used to, but clearing out the french manicure set would clear up room to find things that would help me stay as polished as possible – like mascara.
- Daily Decision Making Minimizing: Although jewelry is an area many minimalists go all-out on, I chose to keep only sentimental pieces and match-everything pieces.
In the end, all make-up went into the bathroom instead of the linen closet. (Except for ONE whole make-up set [mascara, foundation, eye shadow] that stays in the car at all times because I seem to do my make-up there a lot. It’s the only place I have 5 minutes with all 3 kids strapped down and quiet!)
The little jar is for guests with travel items they may have forgotten. It’s easy to keep stocked because I see it every time I open the door, and it’s small enough to set on a side table in whatever room I have set up for guests at the time.
Thinking outside the Box: Clearing the space allowed me a place to put my husband’s carving tools in the closet. He’ll often hand carve when we watch a movie in the living room together which is right off the hallway with the linen closet. It also created a great spot to put my son’s confiscated toys when he is irresponsible with them.