I made it my goal to tackle three big organizing projects in 2020. Come see the “before” photos and check out our plans for the spaces!
‘Tis the season for goal setting and organizing, and in this post, you’re getting a little bit of both!
For the past few years, I’ve shared my organizing goals for the year in January as a way of holding myself accountable and to give a little preview of what is to come around here.
We moved into our current house in September of 2016, and since then, we’ve made our mark on nearly every single room. There are really only three rooms that we haven’t done much to yet, and those just happen to be the spaces that are on my list to organize (and decorate) in 2020.
3 Big Organizing Projects for 2020
I’ll start with the smallest of my three “big” projects– the half bath.
The only thing that we’ve done to the half bath at this point is put a plantation shutter on the window. (Mostly because it is in the very front of the house, so if we didn’t have a window covering and the FedEx man came to the door, the view would be more than he bargained for– eek!)
The half bath is to the left of the front door immediately when you enter the house, so it is easily visible. And when people come over, it is the easiest bathroom to access, so it is seen a lot.
The room currently has zero storage, so we have been using the small cabinet in our entry right outside the door to hold extra toilet paper and soap.
It has been working fine, but I would love to find a way to work some additional storage into the space.
Changing the pedestal sink for a storage cabinet would be my first choice, but with it being so close to the window, I don’t know that we’ll have the room to swing it. We shall see!
While we’re adding storage, I would love to paint the room and maybe even add some sort of board and batten treatment for the walls as well. I will probably swap out the mirror too.
Since this room is so small, I don’t think it will be a huge undertaking, and it will be a fun challenge to get creative and make the most of the space.
Playroom/Tween Hangout Room
This is probably the room I will tackle first this year because it is driving me the craziest! 🙂 The playroom has definitely been the victim of “clutter creep” and is in need of a good clean out, first and foremost.
Our boys are getting a little older and are moving away from the toy phase, so I recently posed the idea of turning their playroom into more of a “tween hangout room,” and they seemed to like it!
The LEGOs will probably stay, but they’re done with most of the other toys, so we’ll do a big decluttering soon. We’ll also do a thorough purge of the books and get rid of any that are too young for them.
Our LEGO display closet worked well for a while, but I think we will give the boys a smaller shelf somewhere in the room to display just a few sets and will use the closet to store some of their stuff like board games and craft supplies.
One challenge to work around in this room is the keyboard. We definitely need to keep it because Caleb takes piano lessons, but it’s not the prettiest thing in the world, so I’ve been trying to think of cool ways to camouflage it to make that wall look a little cooler.
Other than putting in the new closet system, this room has just been using whatever leftover storage pieces we had on hand from our last house, so I’m excited to tweak some things and make better use of the space.
I think it will be fun create a “cool” and organized space for the boys that is more age appropriate and can grow with them as they get a little older!
Oh, the laundry room. If you’ve been following along for a little while, you’ll know that the laundry room was on my list of things to tackle in 2019, and we made exactly zero progress.
I’m putting it on the list for 2020 though, because I think we really can manage it in the upcoming year!
My beef with the laundry room is still the same. It’s not incredibly unorganized, but I’m so short that I have trouble reaching the single wire shelf that we have for storage. I also don’t love that all of our items are on display, so I would love to get a cabinet or two to replace it.
We have what I have dubbed “the world’s smallest linen closet” because it is only half the depth of a normal closet, and the shelves can barely hold anything other than towels. Again, it’s not terrible, but I think we can do better than what we have now.
Like the other two rooms, the laundry room could use a coat of paint. I would also love to add a tile backsplash as a fun little detail.
So those are the three big organizing projects I have in mind for 2020! We’ll have a bunch of smaller projects as we go along as well, but I’m excited to finally put our mark on the last three rooms that we haven’t really done anything to yet.
Coming Soon: Impactful Habits, Organized Home!
If you have organizing goals for 2020 as well, I just might have the perfect resource to help! On Tuesday, January 21st, we are launching our very first full-fledged organizing course, Impactful Habits, Organized Home!
The goal of the course its to help build the important habits needed to keep our homes organized for the long haul while working through 6 essential organizing projects:
- Organizing the Entryway
- Organizing the Kitchen
- Organizing Clothing
- Organizing the Bathrooms
- Organizing the Office
- Organizing Storage Spaces
I am naturally pretty scatterbrained, and I used to think that meant that I just wouldn’t ever be organized. But through years of working on organization in my own home, I’ve realized that it’s not something that you either “have” or “don’t have” once and for all.
Organization is a set of skills and habits that can be learned and honed over time. It was so freeing to figure out that I wasn’t stuck with my clutter. There was something I could do about it.
Impactful Habits, Organized Home shares the systems and habits that have helped take our home from cluttered mess to generally organized, and I hope that it will help you experience the peace and calm that comes with cutting the clutter and getting organized as well!
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I realize that this post that was completely devoid of pretty “after” pictures, so if you’d like to see the prettier transformations in the other rooms in our home, you can check them out in the posts below:
What big organizing projects do you have on your list in 2020? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!