West life: A place in the closet

This time of year, when it’s not quite time for spring cleaning, and it’s not warm enough to leave the front door open, I start to get a little itchy for order in the house.

We all have spots in our houses that tend to gather clutter, and one that snuck up on me was the front hall closet.

If you’re familiar with FlyLady (FlyLady.net), a popular organization/managing your home website, you would call it a “hot spot.”

This closet was so hot it was about to spontaneously combust.

The impending avalanche of various water bottles, dog leashes and winter wear threatened to burst forth from the closet every time I dared to slide the doors open. The “hot spot” I faced looked like a discount bin previously rifled through by crazed squirrels.

I’ve never seen my husband wear those free hats from the golf tournament. I had no idea I had that many scarves. And can someone tell me why there are so many poor, unfortunate orphaned gloves in this cruel world?

I find organizing with boxes and cubes convenient and motivating. If there’s a box for something, I fill it. Then that something has a home to come back to if it wanders away.

The solution? Pre-made cubes, provided by an easy-to-assemble shoe organizer, and a scarf hanger.

After deciding what to donate to the thrift store (farewell, golf hats), everything now has its place. The converted shoe organizer works great for water bottles, dog leashes, hats and gloves. I think it also would work great for kids’ stuff.

Now everything has its place and we don’t have to fear opening the closet. Shoe organizers are not just for shoes anymore.

On another topic ...

Hey gardeners, a new garden store will have its grand opening this week.

The family business, operated by Tami Jones and her daughters Amanda Rivera and Alesha Nadeau, is called The Indoor Gardener, located at 3225 Interstate 70 Business Loop, No. A10. It’s next to Cash Advance in the Peach Tree Shopping Center.

Jones says they specialize in hydroponics, nutrients and other supplies for gardeners. They will host a free Hydroponics 101 class at 6 p.m. Thursday with master gardener Joe Bishop. For information, call 434-9999.

Erin McIntyre is a writer, gardener and Grand Valley native in the midst of starting her own gourmet pickle company. You can reach her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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