Math = Love: (Non-Math Post) One Step Towards Organizing My House

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

(Non-Math Post) One Step Towards Organizing My House

Today's post has nothing to do with math, but it's something I want to share because I'm proud of it.  One of the goals I've been working toward this school year is to get more organized both at school and at home.  I've written several posts about my efforts to get organized at school, but I really haven't blogged about my efforts at home.  

The book that is helping me to reshape my thinking is The House that Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark (affiliate link). The premise of the book is to focus on why your house (or classroom) gets messy. If we makes things easier for ourselves to keep clean and organized, we have a much better chance of staying clean and organized.

Today I just want to share a couple of small changes that have resulted in our house staying much more organized.  The topic is hangers.  Here's what my hanger storage used to look like:

This basket sat on the floor of the laundry room.  Everyday, I had a decision to make as I was getting dressed and ready for the day.  I could take my hangers and walk across the house to the laundry room to put them away, or I could take the hangers and hang them off one of the knobs on the cabinets above the closet.  Once I made the latter decision once, I would continue doing so.  Except, soon I would have to hang the new hangers off of other hangers to make room.  Eventually, these would end up tumbling to the floor and laying there until I went through the house in a cleaning frenzy.

I went looking on Pinterest for a solution.

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I do have to admit that my husband did all the work after this point.  I told him what to buy and showed him the picture, but he did the actual purchasing and hanging of the brackets.

Here's the finished product:

This only solved part of my hanger problem.  The hangers in my laundry room now looked much more organized.  In a way, it was almost fun to put a hanger on the brackets.  This still didn't cure the fact that often I was too lazy to walk all the way to the laundry room each time I needed to put away a hanger.

Enter the hanger hamper (affiliate link).  I purchased two of these - one for each of our closets.

These hampers sit on the floor right inside (or outside - it depends on the closet!) the door.  When I put on an article of clothing, the hanger goes straight into the hanger hamper.  No excuses.  This means that my hangers are now so easy to put away that I don't dread doing it.

When the hanger hamper gets full or we run out of hangers in the laundry room, it's easy to transport the hangers to the laundry room and hang them off the shelf brackets.

Does my house stay magically clean now?  No.  I definitely have a long way to go.  But, hangers are no longer a source of clutter and mess.  Now, I just need to find solutions for all my other problems.

Thanks for putting up with a post that has zero to do with math or education!  Don't worry.  I'll be back to posting about teaching tomorrow!


  1. I love your Maths blog posts but this was a lovely little insight into the woman behind the teacher. Keep them coming 😆

  2. Interesting organizational method...but I'm confused about why hangers need to go from your closet to the laundry room each day? Don't they just stay in your closet until you've done the laundry and are ready to hang up the clean clothes?

  3. Our hangers stay in the closet until I run out in the utility room. I then grab the empties, bring them down and hang them up. Any tips for getting clean folded clothes out of the laundry basket and into the drawers?

  4. Marie Kondo teaches a very easy way to declutter and fold clothes in drawers.