Closet Cleaning

For the next stage of my organizational frenzy, I decided to clean out our (mostly my) closet for once and for all!  I have clothes in there from high school, which haven’t fit me in a very long time.  Some from college and some I bought on a whim, which is not how I usually buy clothes and every time I do it, I regret it.   I also figured it was time our closet had some rhyme and reason.  We don’t have a door on the closet, just curtains.  I removed the door a few years ago and never got around to putting  a new one up. I’d like a slider door, but they all seem to be covered in mirrors or look really cheap. Neither of those options are going to work for me.

After a really enjoyable Spring Break, I decided that I had to clean out the closet RIGHT THEN and we had to go to Sam’s to buy a closet organizer so I could make the closet shiny and pretty.

I should stop listening to myself.

This is the view of the closet before doing anything. Yes, I know it’s a disaster.  Let  me comment on a few items.  The box in the top left corner of the first picture is full of cable wires, computer cords and other technical miscellanea. In the top right corner of the last picture, that’s a big container of cat toys that I’ve completely forgotten about.  Poor Billy and Nina are so deprived.  The stack of clothes next to the Poor, Forgotten Cat Toys are some of Jose’s old clothes that are too big for him.

Now onto the fun part  — identifying and sorting what’s in the closet and figuring out what to keep, what to trash and what to donate to Goodwill.

One of the first things I found was my Painting shirt.  This shirt, as you can tell, is covered with all the colors of my house.  I can look at it and see which rooms I painted in this shirt.  The big yellowish hand is The Pumpkin-colored Hand of Jason – ala the White Hand of Saruman from Lord of the Rings.

Of course this was a Keep.

This is a close up look at Jose’s Far Side t-shirt collection. They don’t fit anymore, so after years and years they are finally leaving the house.   Goodwill pile.

In the picture on the right, my donate pile is in the center and my keep pile is on the far right, almost everything else on the bed is either donate or trash.  Not bad.


Views of the sad, empty closet.  It’s also ugly.

Finally, after 1 hour of sorting and 45 minutes of building THIS is my new, organized closet!  What do you think?  I have some more things to put in here that will clean out my dresser drawers a bit, but I’m very happy.

Took a car load (2 giant bags and a box) of clothes to Goodwill and threw away some things that really needed to be tossed.  I put the old clothes that I wanted to keep but no longer fit into a storage bin in the attic.

Feels good. Looks better.

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One Response to Closet Cleaning

  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh I LOVE it!!!! Your unpacking skills just went up 100 points. You know, (too late…) I could have made a quilt out of Jose’s far side t shirts if he really wanted to keep them in a useful form. Then again, i made a scarf for you like what, 5 months ago and havent mailed it, so perhaps my crafty abilities are not proven!

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