Thursday, August 02, 2012

Organizing- The Bedroom Closet

When we built our house a few years ago, at the top of my short list of requests was my very own closet, I didn't want to share a bedroom closet with my husband. Our house plan showed a walk-in closet but I knew that would never work! I wanted my own space for my clothes and so did my husband. For some reason I can remain organized in all rooms of our house except for my closet. I have no idea what the problem is, but if you ask my mom, she would tell you I've always been that way. Well mom, I have finally conquered my messy closet syndrome! It's been 5 days - all is clean and tidy in the closet area!
For the past 4 years, I have wasted my money on purchased several organizing bins, space bags, shelves, totes, baskets, hanging bins, shoe organizers, etc., and still nothing worked, nothing was organized the way I envisioned it in my head. But over the weekend I had a revelation and decided that maybe I had too much stuff! So I revisited my Peter Walsh organizing book and started with 3 piles - keep, give away, and throw. And then the 3 important questions for each item, 1. does it fit me? 2. does it look good on me? 3. do I love it?  And you know how this goes, the answer has to be "yes" to  all 3 questions, then you can keep the item.
At the end of this I could lie and say 3 grueling 5 hour process I had 2 huge, somewhat overflowing, garbage bags of shoes and clothes for donating, 1 small bag for the trash, and I kept only the items (shoes, clothes, and jewelry) that I currently wear, hopefully look good on me, and that I love.
I removed 2 entire shelves from my closet, a hanging shoe bin, and 40 clothes hangers! And guess what? It felt great! I attached a hook behind the door for my robe, (yes I did say 1 robe no longer 3 robes). I kept my fabric bins and labeled them with recipe cards attached with a plastic clothes pin - thanks for that idea Angie, this is so I can switch the labels without ruining the fabric on the bins. Now I don't have to keep dragging out a stool to take the bins off the top shelf to see what's in them. They are still on the top shelf because they are seasonal items or things I don't use on a regular basis. I decided to limit my number of shoes to 1 basket, this was not easy because I love love love shoes! I chose my favorite shoes to place in the basket first and decided that any shoes left over were off to the donate pile. I tucked my huge glass change jar (fun money) in the corner so it's out of the way and moved my standing mirror to the other corner (rather than in our bedroom). As I stood in the doorway of my "new" closet I took a deep breath and finally felt free from all of that "stuff".

Happy organizing!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi