Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
2014 Deep Cleaning/Decluttering/ Organizing/Redecorating - Hall Closet
I should say here that I have a reputation for being very organized, so I was tempted not to share these before photos. However, to keep myself accountable and to hopefully encourage those of you who are also on a decluttering/organizing mission this year, I'm just going for it.
DEEP CLEANING: I started by completing emptying the closet, wiping down the shelves and walls and baseboards, and vacuuming the carpet.
DECLUTTERING: I had three containers with craft supplies (markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue) from my teaching days that I went through and combined into one container to use when I'm crafting with kids. I checked all the markers and glue sticks and threw out those that no longer worked. The extra containers went out on the container shelf in the garage. Then I sorted through everything else and found several items that could be donated to our local community outreach center.
ORGANIZING: This was meant to be a coat closet, but when we moved in I knew I was going to just use it for storage. We had an extra bookcase that we didn't need, but it was too long for this small closet. Luckily, I am married to a very handy man who cut it down so it fits perfectly!
I began putting things back in the closet, this time stacking them neatly and taking advantage of the vertical space. (Yes, I did go through every container before returning it to the closet!)
Robbie had the brilliant idea to hang the step stool on the door so it wouldn't take up any of the limited floor space. Here's the final result with everything back in the closet.