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Creating Space in Your Home

We have a very small kitchen.

Our kitchen is functional but it’s lacking storage space. All of the cabinets hold our dishes, cups, pots, pans and bowls and there is little room for food storage. All of our food was being stored in a small cabinet in the kitchen that we call the pantry.

Existing Pantry

We’ve made this space work for the past 4 years we’ve lived in our home but as our children are growing, we’re needing to purchase more food.  We’ve been cramming the small cabinet full but didn’t have enough space to truly ‘stock the pantry’.

We needed pantry space in our home.

Of course, we could remodel our kitchen or purchase a large cabinet that would take up more floor space to serve as a larger pantry but both of these options would cost money that we don’t want to spend right now.

We decide to turn one of our hall closets into a pantry.

Our 1970s home is small but we do have 2 small closets in our hall.

One of the closets was considered mine and the other was my husband’s. My closet contained my sewing machine, art supplies, scrapbooks, yearbooks and other crafty things. My husband’s closet held his tech gear – cameras, tripods, cds, hard-drives and such.

We decided that the best thing for our family was for us combine the contents of these two closets into one and use the other closet for our pantry.

While our boys were visiting grandparents for a week, we emptied the contents of both closets into their bedroom and went through the contents.

Closet Contents

I went through pictures and old scrapbooks, purging items that had no real sentimental value. I moved art and craft supplies into our school cabinet that’s in our dining room. After I put my items back into the closet, there were 3 free shelves and half of the floor space available for John David’s things.

John David purged boxes (he’s always kept tech boxes), papers, cds, videotapes and cables. He ended up with a small pile of things to sell and a pile of items to bring to church to use (he does work in church production so these things will be useful there) as well as a lot of papers and boxes to recycle. And, we ended up with 2 bags of trash between us.


In the end, we merged the contents of our two closets into one and only put one small tote (that contains cables and other miscellaneous tech stuff) in the floor of the second closet which is now our storage pantry.

New Pantry

We now have a real pantry in our home. We didn’t spend any money or knock out any walls. We just spent a few hours clearing our home of items that were no longer useful to our family and created the space we needed.

Do you have a need for more space in your home? Could you create the space you need by clearing clutter?

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Do you feel like you’re always behind on laundry?

Is it a struggle to keep the kitchen clean?

Do you dread dinner time because you never know what to make?

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Pile of Laundry

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Room by Room Laundry

When I was expecting my third baby, I had so many people tell me that having a third child seems to make the laundry explode.

They were right.

Somehow our tiny baby girl seemed to double our laundry load and laundry was getting harder to manage.

I wasn’t sorting laundry into whites, colors or delicates. Instead, I was using the time saving method of unsorted loads. (And, I have had great results with unsorted washing!)

Mixed Load of Laundry

I was washing a mixed load (everybody’s clothes, linens and towels) almost every day and was managing to get it dried and folded but then it would just sit where I folded it or in the basket.

I knew I had to revise my system and figure out a way to make putting laundry away easier. 

Instead of having a mixed load every day, I decided to wash by room. I placed a hamper in each bedroom and wash a load when the hamper is full.

Here are my loads:

1. Master (my clothes and my husbands clothes)

2. Boy’s Room (the boys clothes)

3. Cecilia’s Room (Cecilia’s clothes, towels, napkins and cleaning cloths)

Once I get the clothes out of the dryer, I go to the room they belong in and fold the laundry in that room.This makes putting laundry away so much easier!

Other laundry

I regularly wash our sheets but I don’t consider them part of my daily laundry. They’re either washed when a diaper leaks, a child wets the bed, throws up, spits up, gets snot everywhere, etc. or on Tuesdays which is my bedroom cleaning day.

I also wash cloth diapers every other day but they’re easy to put away because they all go to Cecilia’s room.

Room by room laundry makes laundry manageable for our family of 5.

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Toy Library

We have organized a toy library to help keep the toys in our home manageable.

For a while, we had a toy rotation but they still had too many choices. When our kids have too many toy choices, they just drag everything out but don’t really play with anything – too many choices can overwhelm young children.

Our children tend to play better if their toys are not all out at once. Allowing them to choose a toy or two to play with at a time helps them to engage more deeply in their play. Plus, there are fewer toys out so our house is not over run with toys.

Cooking Drawer

All of their toys are not always stored in the library. We currently have 3 drawers in the end of their bunk bed that contain imaginative play things. One drawer holds their play dishes and two drawers hold their dress up things. These are always accessible.

The rest of the toys are organized in the toy library in their closet.

To organize our toy library, we evaluated each of their toys.

Toys that Stayed:

  • Sparked creative play
  • Building toys
  • Musical Instruments

Toys that Went:

  • Battery operated
  • Close ended toys
  • Low quality toys

After culling toys, we sorted the remaining toys into categories like trains, farm animals, cars, blocks, etc. We then grouped like toys together into bins to store on the shelves.


At the beginning of the day, they choose the toys they want to play with. If one boy wants to play with the farm animals, he gets the bin that holds the farm animals as well as the play barn and tractors. Another boy may choose to play trains so he gets the bin that contains all of the trains and train tracks.

They can play with these toys individually or together, it’s up to them. We just ask that they pick up those toys and put them away before choosing another toy or toy bin to play with.

At 3 and 4, they’ve not quite mastered putting the toys away before choosing another but they’re learning. I often encourage them and help them with the pick up process.

With this toy library set up, the amount of toys throughout our home during the day has been greatly reduced. There still are toys all over their room and in our living room but every toy they own has not been pulled out.

Another benefit of this toy library, clean up is simple. At the end of the day, we put the toys back into the bins or drawers they belong in. It only takes a few minutes to pick up and all tripping hazards have been removed for the night.

Related posts:

Toy Rotation

Gifts to Encourage Creativity in Young Children

How do you organize your children’s toys? 

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