Cleaning out my closets

I’m sure much to the dismay of many reading this post I’m not really talking about the Eminem song and airing out all of my dirty laundry on my blog today. And while the drama in my family and subsequent life may often seem like the theme to a Jerry Springer episode, I do try hard to keep the negativity out of these writings.

No I really mean I’ve had cause recently to declutter my living arrangements and managed not only to organize and clean out my closet but my half of the dresser as well. Well not including the obligatory junk drawer – we don’t talk about that drawer…..ever. It’s like the first rule of Fight Club – Don’t talk about the Junk Drawer.

Sadly we have a small house, not really we have an average house and would be the perfect sized house if there were only two of us living there. But since I can’t seem to ship off my teenagers for another few years, we’re all a little cramped for space. Add in that the house was built in 59 and while the rooms were oh so very spacious at the time, my husband and I can figure out how we would put a king size bed in our room and have space for anything else. It wouldn’t have been so bad for us really except for the fact that the previous two places we lived had ginormous master bedrooms that gave us not only ample space for a bed and dresser, but for a sitting area and desk. I honestly never thought I would ever need any space outside of my bedroom until we moved here, and now I really only wish to have a little more space in my room and I would never leave.

So obviously with small rooms come even smaller closets (built-in closets) when we sell the house if we don’t change them before we’ll call them “custom” closets in cozy rooms. Which reads tiny bedrooms with weird closets you can’t hang dresses in. I have had to be very creative with how I store my clothes and still have room for Steve’s stuff, mind you, not much room but enough for the very few hanging items I’ve forced on him over the years.

I read somewhere on Pinterest that you should group your clothing by color not season so I figured I’d try that out this go round in my closet, not that I have a ton of clothes or a variety of colors but it does make for ease of use/picking when I’m deciding what to wear.

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Another post mentioned you should put your folded shirts vertically in your drawers instead of horizontally, that way you can see what items you have to chose from. Although as you can see I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my tank tops.

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But I think my favorite part of the organizing process over the last few weeks has to be this corner hanging system my husband made for me. It allows me to put my clothes out for the week (not on the closet doors) and if I’m really on top of things, even accessorize so I all I have to do in the morning is grab and get dressed. As you can see in this pic it does double as a drying rack on laundry night (sorry) but if you look on the left I have my favorite scarves and jewelry easily at hand and on the right – you can see I’ve got a bracelet and necklace hanging off the top of my dress. (sorry about the dark shot, cell phone pics are the pits sometimes).

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All in all, it’s been a great start, I still have a long way to go….like the junk drawer, I hope Pinterest has good ideas for that too.

How do you keep your closet organized?

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3 Comments

  1. Every time I clean out a closet, I find that there’s tons of stuff that I’ll never ever use or wear again. I’m definitely scaling down and leaving less clutter in my house. It feels better, too. :-0

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