Empty Nester Organization Tips (Part 1)

Hello Dolls and Divas!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. That’s because I’ve been so busy getting my Daughter off to the #1 HBCU College in America.  Spelman College that is!  #ProudSpelMom.  Once I got my daughter off to school, I decided to start getting my life back, and the first step was getting back my organization!!!!

For the past 3 years, my life has been really hectic! I had to take care of my terminally ill father, who later died of Cancer, my job of 13 years was surplused, I ended a 5 year relationship, I started a new business, and on top of all of that, I was getting my daughter through High School and prepared for College.  Needless to say organization was put on the back burner, and what was once my Dad’s room turned into my storage room AKA  “Hoarder Central”.  However, while getting my daughter packed for college, I decided that I would began a Purge and start my organization process.

The Purge: So I started in My Father’s old room “Hoarder Central”  I separated all of the junk from things that I would keep. I actually went through each room in my home and did a mass purging. I then called a local (Metro Atlanta) Junk Removal Company called Good Riddance Junk Removal.  I would absolutely recommend this Company to anyone who’s looking to haul away a large amount of stuff!  They came in and took all of my unwanted items, such as clothes and furniture.  I did not have to lift a finger!  This company also goes through the unwanted items to determine what can be donated or what needed to be trashed!  When I tell you I got rid of a whole lot of stuff!  I mean it! They hauled off Couches, Beds. TV’s, tables, clothes, shoes, toys, junk, and the list goes on and on! Over 10 years worth of accumulation in a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom home with an attack. The Owner  of Good Riddance, even came back to spray and kill a huge Wasp Nest that I had in hedges as a courtesy.  Very nice Young Man!  Most of what was left in my Fathers old room (after the Purge) was Christmas type items, boxes of my daughters old elementary art work and Misc. household items.

Before Pics My Dad's old room became the storage room...

Before Pics
My Dad’s old room became the storage room…
“Hoarder Central”

Before Pics My Dad's old room became the storage room

Before Pics
My Dad’s old room became the storage room
“Hoarder Central”

Before Pics My Dad's old room became the storage room

Before Pics
My Dad’s old room became the storage room
“Hoarder Central”

                Storage Solutions (Below)

Organized Christmas Décor in Remixed and New Large Plastic Bins in Dad's old room (now storage room)

Organized Christmas Décor in Large Plastic Bins in Dad’s old room (now storage room)

Organized Dad's old room (now storage room) with Lots of Plastic Storage Bins!

Organized Dad’s old room (now storage room) with Lots of Plastic Storage Bins!

kept sentimental keepsakes such as my dad old records neatly tucked away in his old closet (now storage room)

kept sentimental keepsakes such as my dad old records neatly tucked away in his old closet (now storage room)

The Recycle: I recycled my daughters old toy box and used it as a Christmas Decoration Storage Bin and I purchased a few other large plastic containers to store away other Christmas decorations and items.  I also recycled several of my daughter’s Steralite Plastic Containers (previously used to store hair bows, crayons, dolls, and toys) placed them in my bedroom closets and labeled each drawer.  Great for storing office supplies, craft supplies, and little odds and ends.  Although I purchased a few new  over the door shoe pocket “thingy-poohs”  I also reused my daughter’s over the door shoe pockets  “thingy-Poohs” as jewelry holders.

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

Turned over the door shoe storage bags into accessory storage bags

Turned “Over the Door Shoe Storage Bags”  into accessory storage bags

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