From diaster to YAY! A closet’s journey

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Rome was not built in a day.”  Well, guess what?  Neither was my closet cleaned and organized in one day!

The first thing I did was take pictures – and I must say that I’m almost too ashamed to post them!  My closet had become a dumping ground for virtually EVERYTHING!  I’ve lived in my rental house for seven years now, and there were boxes I hadn’t unpacked (sad, I know!), clothes that I didn’t wear because I had forgotten about them, etc.  I had made attempts in the past at organizing, but never completed the project(s).  So….. I decided to pull up my big girl panties, take a deep breath, and start in!

 

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First thing on Saturday morning, I pulled everything that was on the floor out – and created a HUGE disaster in my bathroom and bedroom! 

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Gigantic pile covering my bathroom counter – it almost made me quit!       

Then, I brought in the vacuum, and cleaned the carpet to within an inch of its life.  I honestly can’t tell you when the last time was I actually saw the entire floor of my closet, but I amazed at how much larger it seemed. I had a black wire shelf unit I had bought at Target last year (LAST YEAR!), and brought it in from the garage to put in my closet.  Wasn’t quite sure what I would use it for, but I knew I wanted it in my closet….

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I decided I would go through the clothes, and pull out the off-season clothes first, putting into two plastic containers as I went along.  When both containers were full, I pulled out my handy-dandy label maker (that I’ve had since I started teaching nine years ago!), and printed off labels to put on the totes.  This way, I won’t forget what’s in them, and everything’s organized.

With that out of the way, I decided it was time to tackle the mountain of shoes!  After bringing them all in, I mated them up, put them into shoe boxes, and labeled them so I wouldn’t waste 10-15 minutes in the morning looking for a stupid pair of shoes!

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 I would love to say that I was able to get this far in a matter of an hour, or two……. but I’m not going to lie to you.  It took me all morning to get this far!  By 1pm I was hungry, tired, stuffed up from the dust, and ready for a break!  Join me tomorrow as I show you how the closet turns out!

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