This week, we tackled our master bedroom closet. Honestly and thankfully, this area wasn't too shabby. Our biggest issues were effectively using our space (which was a problem the previous week as well) and deciding once and for all (at least this time around) which clothes to donate.
I don't know about you all, but this is seriously one of my biggest hurdles. I always think, "But what if this shirt is the perfect item to wear later on for an unforeseen occasion?" This is my downfall. Since the new year, I have been paying attention to which clothes I wear and more importantly, which clothes I never, ever reach for in the mornings. That made things easy this time around.
I recruited Jason for his help in determining which of his clothes should go in the to-donate pile, and his help was crucial in organizing this closet as the top shelf is too high for me to reach, and I knew he would want to organize the middle shelf all on his own.
But before I get too far into that, here's the before pictures:
|Part of the closet's top shelf|
|Other part of the closet's top shelf|
|Top of dresser|
|Middle shelf and clothes|
Tip!: If you sell any of your items, use that money to purchase items you need to organize your home. I used the $15 I gained from selling the cosmetics to buy organizational tools for our office area.
More horror: Because we work from home, we wear very basic clothing for most of the week, such as white t-shirts, boxers, sweat pants, hoodies, etc. Most of these items are in the dresser. The clothes hanging up are seldom used, and in going through them, we quickly pulled a lot of the items. At the end of organizing the closet, we had many bags full of clothes, pictured below, to donate to Salvation Army:
The good news is that the closet was quick to organize. We made quick decisions. We wanted big, bulky items on the top shelf. The middle shelf would be just for games and puzzles. And the top of my dresser became much more organized after I threw away some items I didn't like and didn't think I could sell or donate (lotions, etc.). Items that could be donated were put in the to-donate pile.
Here's our after pictures!
|Left side of the closet - air mattress and luggage up top, games and puzzles in the middle, and clothes hanging|
|Right side of the closet - Christmas tree up top, jewelry case, perfume and other odds and ends on dresser, and the dresser|
Tip!: Make sure items you use often are within easy reach. Items like a Christmas tree can be put in harder-to-reach areas since you're really only using this box twice a year (to put the tree up and to take the tree down).
Next week, we're tackling our office/second bedroom/crafting space. And I promise that the name of this gives you an accurate idea of how disorganized and all over the place this space is.