We're just one organizing project away from completing all 10 of the Top 10 Organizing Challenges that I set out for myself in January. And good thing, since we're already in March! I didn't want these organization projects to drag into March, but I've realized it takes time to get to everything and to do it well, especially with tasks like the pantry and playroom.
My closet needed a good clean-out (seems like it needs it yearly) and that's no small task when it involves trying on everything and letting many things go. I had been holding onto lots of my "lawyer" clothing like blouses, dresses and suits that I have not worn since I worked in an office and even then those things might not have been my favorite. Now that I'm going on two years sans office job, I figured I could get these never worn items out of my closet and not miss them. The Everygirl has a good "7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet" that I followed. "Do I feel confident when I wear this?" is my favorite question to ask yourself as you try things on, and if the answer is no, maybe that item goes in the "donate/sell" pile. Why wear something you don't feel fantastic in? That's probably why we wear 10% of our closet 90% of the time! I heard that statistic at a church fashion show and it stuck with me that it's probably pretty accurate.
via The Everygirl
I didn't get a good "before" picture of my closet, but here's what I pulled out, although you can't see the socks, old pjs, scarves, and jewelry. I went through those too. I also emptied all the drawers and gave them a good vacuuming.
Going through this process is time consuming if you really give your things a thorough questioning about whether to keep. If you haven't worn, carried, used an item for two years (even though the EG list says 12 months), then I'd seriously consider letting it go.
With some of the suits I was holding onto, they were really old (some I'd had nearly 10 years!) and actually didn't fit that well anymore. I still have lots of things I can wear that are business/professional so it's not like I'd need a whole new wardrobe if I went back to work in an office. Instead of just donating all these things this time, I'm trying my hand at selling them online via a neighborhood Facebook group I'm a member of. If you want to sell some items online, I'd check to see if your area has a similar group you could join. So far I've had a little luck, but some things I've gotten no interest in. I can do a post about how to sell your things online if you're interested, let me know.
But, on the other hand, I put other items out of my closet on a "wait and see" basis. Those pink heels and grey boots in the picture above made it back in.
Ah! I know I still have lots of clothes, but I can tell a big different when I walk into my closet now. I have room to breathe!
I moved all my jewelry to the left side of my closet, and the casual shirts I wear most often are on that side too, arranged from tanks to short sleeve tops to long sleeve. These thin velvet hangers are perfect for keeping the shirts on without slipping and give you more room.
On the right side of the closet are thin sweaters (hanging), blouses (below) short sleeve to long, dresses, and cardigans and vests.
Dresses are hung based on style (tank, short sleeve, then long sleeve).
The cardigans and jackets are hung on wooden hangers to support their heavier weight.
On the back wall, I can now fit all my jeans, shorts and skirts.
I use the small felt hangers for jeans.
And the pinch hangers for shorts/skirts.
I still love using this tie/belt hanger for scarves. It's really strong so it holds a lot of scarves without bending.
In the cubbies are tank tops, shorts, and heavier sweaters.
Shoes are still fitting inside my built-in shoe shelves, but I had to put a couple behind its mate to make more room.
And I tidied up my dresser top to make it less cluttered. You can read how to clean your makeup brushes here.
I can't believe my son just turned 5! He's just 2 months old in this picture.
While I'm going for calming, neutral, serene and soothing in our master bedroom, my closet got a high dose of energy and pizazz with a splash of bright pink and orange accents. Pink and orange is a favorite color combo of mine, so why not go bold in a place like a closet?! I figured if I get tired of it, it's just paint and can be easily painted over.
I'll share with you later this week the details on the new pink paint and how I framed and hung those Tory Burch bags. It's a super easy, inexpensive project and I'm crazy over the pattern and pop of color they add! They are also practical as they diffuse the sunlight in the room.
Yay! Only one more organizing project to go!!!!
You can see the organizing challenges I've completed so far here:
FRIDGE | PANTRY | TOYS | MEDICINE/BATH DRAWERS | PAPERWORK | MUDROOM/CLEANING SUPPLIES | KID CLOTHES/CLOSET
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