Purged Organized Home Decor Storage Room Tour
Whew! Well, that took a few days. But my home decor storage room has been successfully purged, and I organized everything too! I promised to give you an “after” tour, so here it is. This is not a fancy show-room, I don’t have all new storage bins or matching shelves… it’s a hard working room, that is now super clean and organized! Hopefully you’ll find an idea or two that will work for you if your home decor isn’t as organized as you’d like.
Welcome to my home decor storage room.
If you are new here, HELLO! I’m Shannon. I live in a very modestly sized 1920’s cottage. I don’t have attic or basement storage, but I am very fortunate to have an extra room that I can use to house my overly large home decor collection. Being a full-time blogger who works from home, and focuses on DIY projects and home decorating, I might have more decorating items to manage than the average person, but I know so many of us find ideas from what others share, so here I am!
As I share the reveal of my freshly purged and organized space, my hope is that you are encouraged to do a little purging and organizing in your space, and that you might see an idea that will work for you in your home in some capacity.
I’ve “cleaned” this room many times before, and even done a considerable amount of purging over the years. But this time, I cut deeper than ever and parted with so much! In fact, when I boxed it all up it looked like we were moving. I should have taken more still images of this process, but frankly, I was so focused on just getting this done, all my energy was going towards completing the project.
MY PURGING TIPS
Easy Ways To Part With Items:
If you haven’t used it in a year, or a full seasonal cycle, you can part with it.
If it’s a “project” item that needs attention you can not give to it, you can part with it.
If it’s outlived it’s lifespan and is looking tired and worn, you can part with it. (does not apply to vintage chippy goodness items)
And my MOST important purging tip… if you would not buy that item again today, you can part with it.
That last one really works! Our tastes change, and there is no reason to hang on to things we will not use. Pass them on to friends/family, donate, sell on Facebook Marketplace, similar or online. Or if you have enough volume, and the time, have a garage sale! That is what I am planning.
MY ORGANIZING TIPS:
ALWAYS PURGE FIRST — It’s so important to purge, so you aren’t “organizing” things you don’t need.
Access your space for the best storage options — built-in shelves, free standing shelves, totes, bins, boxes, etc…
Dollar Store tubs are great for corralling smaller items, and work super on wire shelves.
Gather “like items” together — you can see in my images that I’ve got trays, baskets and enamelware on one shelf, and kitchen type items on the next, and so on.
Be fluid — I wasn’t able to follow my own “like items” together suggestion every time, as some items didn’t all fit on my kitchen items shelf like I wanted them too. But I kept the overflow neatly stacked, and close by.
My place mats are neatly stacked together on the adjoining shelf.
My overflowing dish towel basket was seriously thinned out, and my cloth napkins fit perfectly in a wood crate. Both slide under one of my shelves and are easy to get to.
After cleaning my home decor storage room many times, and purging it several others, this is the best result I’ve ever had!
The difference this time, is that instead of just clearing things out and cleaning up, I spent a day and half after “the purge”… organizing everything.
This will help tremendously, most especially with my lanterns. Previously they were put away wherever I could find room. Which often meant on the floor… and that led to my pathways becoming blocked. A very vicious cycle.
I love that this wall is so organized now, it’s my favorite part of the whole project.
PURGING MADE IT POSSIBLE.
If I hadn’t thinned things out I wasn’t using or in love with, I wouldn’t have been able to gather all my lanterns, candles and candle sticks together.
I even have room for my steamer & lint roller. Right where I can find them and grab em’ quick!
Circling back to the entry wall, that’s where I’ve got all my arts and crafts supplies.
And two easy-to-shimmy around rolling bins with craft and painting supplies.
They are perfect in front of the closet with my faux florals.
And slide right out of the way for easy access.
Jim was a sweetheart and popped two extra shelves in the open closet for me. Made all the difference to be able to utilize all this space! And again, it’s getting (almost) all my faux flowers in one spot. I didn’t have anyplace for my longer stems before, and now I do.
I don’t cover most of my fake flowers, but I do cover my real touch florals. Those are the type with the very lifelike, kind of sueded finish. You can’t really dust that type, so I’ve got my Peonies covered with saran wrap, and the Tulips got a storage bag. Just a suggestion if you invest in real touch flowers.
For the first time, I was also able to keep the chunky shelf in the center of the room EMPTY! I’ll be able to us this to set what I’m taking down on, as I pull out fresh decor, and then put things away into the empty spots.
[I’m hoping to get those red overflow Christmas wreath totes out of the room soon]
I didn’t take any before photos, but I did have some before video, so I put together a real life walk-thru before & after for you!