organizing the loft

One of my resolutions for the new year was to
Slowly, room by room we have been purging and organizing.
In the end I want everything in this house to have a place.
 If I haven’t used it in a year it goes.
If I haven’t worn it in a year it goes.
If it’s collecting dust it goes.
If I have no need for it and there is no sentimental value it goes.
Needless to say there will be a HUGE garage sale in a few weeks and a big drop to good will.
As I have been redesigning the loft I have gone through every inch of this space and thrown out trashcans full of stuff.
It feels great!
~Here is a peek~
It seems as though anything and everything electronic gets shoved in a drawer or cabinet.
~Grandparents antique suitcase~
The best part, I can close it!

I purchased rolls of paper at  Michael’s a few months back in the dollar bin.

They lined the drawers perfectly and everything has a spot.

Next up was the cabinet, I labeled everything, let’s see how long that lasts.


Lastly I organized the filing drawers. 
  I still had files on cars we sold 10 years ago and appliances that bit the dust long ago.

Oh it feels so good to be organized!
How about you, have you been purging or organizing lately?


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  1. I am doing the exact same thing, Kristin! Every day I try to organize one room, or one area of a room. It is the best feeling ever… I hope I can make it last!

    I got a couple of vintage suitcases recently to store my son's legos. Much more stylish than all of our plastic bins 🙂

  2. Files have NOT been brought over from the old house to the new house yet and I had forgotten about them…until your post. I KNOW that I have files on old autos and old credit cards, furniture long sold or donated. Another thing for my to-do list!! Last Sunday, Mom came over to watch the Houston Texans in the playoffs. We went through all of my sweaters which I had not unpacked from the move. Many still had price tags on them. Too small, wrong color, out of style, scratchy…out they went. I felt like a weight had been lifted!!!

    All of your things are so neat and pretty. The best part is you know where something is when you need it!!

    Hugs, Jan

  3. When we moved last year, we got rid of so. much. stuff. We had our first garage sale ever and made $900 on the morning of New Year's Eve!!! We gave furniture to my daughter/blog partner, sold furniture at a consignment store, donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, and gave things to some refugee families from Africa that we work with. It is great now to be in our new place with plenty of empty drawers and fresh/open/uncluttered rooms.

  4. I love to purge and organize! Yesterday I spent a few hours in my kitchen doing just that (refrig, pantry, and few cabinets). Next week the kids closets! Have a great weekend Kristin!

  5. Yes, yes, I need to do this. And we inherited so much stuff from my MIL, that I have got to get rid of some more things. The house was fine until we inherited stuff, and I didn't keep a lot of things that I could have. But there were so many neat old things that I wanted to keep. But now, you have inspired me to take another look through the house and purge the excess stuff. Besides we are hoping to move to a new city house in a few years and I don't want to move a bunch of junk. And now as you said, I don't know where anything is any more since I shifted things to make way form the MIL stuff. We are still keeping the ranch but need to move close to hubby's job as soon as the youngest graduates from high school.

  6. I'm doing the same thing! It's amazing how stuff truly multiplies. We've only been in this house for 6 years. We got rid of so much stuff when we moved before! I like how you're using the suitcases.

  7. Oh gosh, I just literally sat down in front of my "puter" after cleaning out my pantry and saw your post!!! I, too, love the feeling of organization! Now my goal is to keep it that way past 6 mnonths!!!

    I just discovered your awesome blog! You light up my day!!

  8. I had to do this last year when we were moving, Kristin, and while liberating, it was hard to let some things go. Now that we've downsized, it will be important that I keep things organized. I go through my clothes every year though and if I haven't worn it in two seasons, out it goes.

  9. Hi Kristin~~ I have been purging since I took down the Christmas decor. It is truly a great feeling. I have a lot more to do, but I feel great already:))Drawer organization is next..
    Have a great weekend

  10. Purging is in the air…I've been doing that as well, and reeeeally need to have a garage sale! Thanks for the shout out for the party!!! Oh, and I love that vintage suitcase idea – BRILLIANT!!

  11. I hear ya! We did the major purge last year. And, I am so glad we did. This year we only have a few things to concentrate on, photos, files and school papers. Guess since my oldest will be going off to college in the fall it is about time I get her preschool papers in order! LOL

  12. I started this in my own clothes cupboard and want to keep it up from room to room. But unlike Carolyn, I thought I'd be doing well to do a room every week or two! 😉

  13. Isn't it crazy how much better you feel when you're organized? I need to do that purging again around here. You've definitely inspired me. I love the labeling idea and that suitcase for those electronics that "no one seems to use but need to be kept" what a great idea. Have a great weekend!

  14. YES! I have been doing the same thing all month! It feels good. I also have been stalking organizing on Pinterest and blogs to get ideas. XO, Pinky

  15. Great job, Kristin! You are going to feel so much better when it's all done! Thanks for inspiring us to keep our New Year's organizational goals going! (Love the paper you lined your drawers with, too!)

  16. I have been purging and organizing since I got back from my Christmas vacation (Pittsburgh), so yes, it feels great! Purple Heart and Salvation Army are probably thinking they are visiting a hoarders house!

  17. darling idea with the suitcase! always feels good to get organized (especially when it all looks so cute)! xoxo, tracie

  18. You are so right! It feels good to purge! I did the closets before the end of the year to donate to Goodwill and recently did the file cabinets! I laughed when I read your comment about the appliances that bit the dust long ago. I threw out the same thing and did more shredding than I care to think about. lol
    Have a great weekend!

  19. I am on the same track! It is such a good feeling to clean out, organize and simplify. It is so easy to accumulate so much "stuff". I love the suitcase idea! Happy weekend, Kristin! We've got a storm this weekend with much needed rain. Perfect weather for staying indoors and cleaning out!

  20. Kristin, I have been purging like a maniac too. I love the use of your grandparents' suitcase for the electronics. How sweet and useful!!!!

  21. I just grabbed her button and then linked up! Fun new party. I saw your post on FB or would have missed it, thanks!!! XO,Pinky

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