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My favorite spaces in my old home

One of the areas in my home that I love is the bathroom closet. My home was built in 1908, at a time when closets didn’t seem to be much of a priority. But each of our bathrooms has a fairly large closet, which we use to store towels, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

One of the reasons I love closets like this is because they can be so easy to organize. Each shelf has its own purpose. I use bins on the toiletry shelf to keep them separated by category. (See my blog post, Six Steps to an Organized Bathroom for a picture of my first-aid bin). I put all my towels on the top shelf, using dividers to separate bath towels from hand towels from wash cloths. We have a pedestal sink and no drawers in our bathroom, but thanks to the closet, everything’s organized and accessible.

Another space in the house I love is the built-in cabinet in the kitchen. This glass-doored cabinet is original to the house and is large enough to store all our dishes. In addition to four shelves in the main part of the cabinet, there are two drawers separating the main area from a two-shelf cupboard at the bottom.

I love that this cabinet is over 100 years old and still incredibly functional. If we ever remodel our kitchen, I will fight to retain it. It’s large enough to hold all the  dishes we use with any frequency (plus our china) but it’s not cavernous. I use one of the drawers for medications and supplements, so they’re right where I use them and they don’t get lost in the shuffle in the bathroom. The shelf allows to line up my glasses and mugs, which makes me happy.

Sometimes organizing an old house can be challenging. But these original features in my house add some pleasure to the process.


Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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