cleaning house

Hallway Closet Cleanup

Homeowner's Journal

This is one of two hallway closets in the house, and it was the one I tackled in Project: Hallway Closet Cleanup (super creative, I know).

Hallway Closet CleanupIn this closet, we keep first aid supplies, extra toiletries and other bulk household items. This also happens to include an overflowing supply of bandaids in all sizes, feminine hygiene products, many tubes of toothpaste, Ryan’s deodorant subscription that he forgot to turn off, and two Costco packs of razors because I couldn’t find the first pack I bought and so another was purchased.

While those are all pictured, I’m proud to say that the hallway closet is in the best condition since we moved in! I finally took the time to organize it this past weekend.

On Friday, I picked up two stackable drawers at Target and didn’t do anything with them until two evenings later. After clearing out one shelf and organizing personal care items into and next to the two drawers, I realized that I could easily apply what I had done for the first shelf to the others. So I made another run to Target!

Since the top shelf extends higher, and it would be difficult to open up drawers on the top shelf, I opted for two plastic bins. One holds our light bulb supply, while the other is currently empty. There’s a Costco toilet paper run in the works.

Hallway Closet CleanupFor an idea of what it was like before, here is one of the shelves before the cleanup. My subconscious must have been embarrassed by the clutter because I completely forgot to take photos before I started on the project! Notice the plastic baskets? Ryan attempted to organize the closet a while back… Hopefully this time it sticks!

With “Back to School” sales in effect, I was able to get some nice deals on storage/organization. It probably would have cost slightly less because the four subsequent drawers that I purchased were not offered at the sales price I found on Friday.

Hallway Closet Cleanup Project

6 – Sterilite Small White Drawer (16 Qt)
2 – Sterilite Clearview Latch Box (27 Qt)

Total Cost: ~$65 (6 stackable drawers and 2 plastic bins)

How do you keep your hallway closets organized? Any tips to share?


Love for yet another machine…

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Yesterday, I was on a mission. I’m not really sure how it came to be, but I couldn’t sleep most of Friday morning. In my somewhat delirious state, I declared that I would not be satisfied until I had a Dyson in my home.

Dyson Vacuum

After a little bit of research, I was determined to bring home a Dyson DC25 Animal. While not the latest Dyson model [the DC41 is], it was what I thought would solve my “everyone in this house sheds” issue [AND IT DOES]!

For Black Friday, the Dyson DC25 Animal was on sale at I could have placed the order online, but instead, I went on a physical hunt for one. I wanted to bring one home and use it right away! Sometimes instant gratification really does trump all.

Long story short, we ran around the Bay Area in search of the vacuum, took a dim sum break and ended up successful. Bellies were full of dim sum, and there was a Dyson DC25 Animal sitting in the trunk. It was quite the investment, considering money is rather tight these days, but how much it improves the quality of life makes it worth eating cheaply and cutting spending in other areas. I’m also justifying it by comparing the amount I paid to the price of the newer DC41. MUCH cheaper.

It’s one powerful machine, picking up dust, dirt, fur, and hair! I LOVE IT.

Best of all, it’s purple.


Mellow Weekend


Chinese New Year is a few weeks away. In preparation, we dedicated our Sunday to cleaning and organizing the house. If you walked into the house today, you wouldn’t even believe this. The place is STILL a mess! It is, however, an improvement from last week!

I also spent the weekend tackling handmade gifts, but I didn’t get very far. My knitting and crocheting skills are minimal and need a lot of practice. I do love that if you mess up, you can just unravel the yarn and start over. It was really frustrating, however, to start over 20+ times though.

Thankfully I have an entire year to get these five gifts out.

“Eating in” continued over the weekend in the form of family dinners. We were at RV’s mom’s house on Saturday so that he could help her pack up for the big move. Sunday, we went over to my uncle’s house for an early tuen neen fan. It is supposed to take place the eve of New Year’s, but we have another one of these dinners to attend then.

I can’t remember every dish consumed over the weekend, so I’m just going to skip that portion of the recap! Eating in hasn’t been particularly difficult for us, but it does make us more aware of meal planning. PLUS, we’re saving money in one area of our lives to spend on another!