Part Two: What’s in Your Closet?
Okay, I need to come clean. Last week, I wasn’t being completely honest (click here for Part One: What’s in Your Closet?). I showed you these “before” pictures of my disheveled closet.
But I actually have a double closet and obviously a LOT more stuff because this is what happened when I pulled everything out!
I was too afraid to be totally transparent because I wasn’t sure I had the stamina to organize ALL my stuff. Turns out I still have a little pride. Who knew?! Hey, I’m just as shocked as anyone.
I’m not going to tell you how old I am but let’s just say I might have been able to be a Red Hat Lady for four years 😉. My point is, at the ripe ol’ age of Red Hat Lady + 4, this is the first time in my adult life that I am organizing my closet just for me. Why? Because I can!
This is how I tackled the project
Step 1: Take everything out of the closet and I do mean EVERYTHING!
Step 2: Paint. I chose Pirouette, a barely-pink from Target I was going for a light blush color but this soft coral is so cheery.
Step 3: Sort clothes
Pile I: Keep
Pile II: Donate
Pile III: Keep but put in out of season closet
This step was by far the most cumbersome. My mess got waaaaay bigger before it got better. I had to sleep in the guest room for most of the week because my bedroom was uninhabitable. Seriously, you saw the pictures.
Step 4: Take closet doors off. By removing the doors, I gained twenty inches of viewing space that I didn’t have with the doors on. Also, I can actually use the shelves in the center that were inaccessible before. Later I plan on adding curtains, I saw the idea on Pinterest.
Step 5: Decide how to set up new closet space. I used the following guide to determine what went back in:
“Make your clothes earn the right to be in your closet. There should be nothing in there that you don’t love, use, or would buy again.
I am entering a new phase in my life. I recently left the corporate world to go on maternity leave, I’m “giving birth” to new ideas, LOL. Because of this new phase I needed to reassess my wardrobe. Most days I wear yoga pants so I don’t need to keep so many dress clothes around. I ‘d really like to move toward having a capsulated wardrobe but that’s a post for another day.
Step 6: I wanted to give my closet that boutique feel by adding a bit of whimsy. I found baskets and labels at Target on the clearance aisle and display my scarves loud and proud!
Now that my closet is done I’ve realized some unexpected benefits. I found this blog post, Creating the Closet You Love, by Kathi Lipp. I wholeheartedly agree with everything she talks about in this post.
“At it’s heart clutter Is a lack of peace.”
This past week was exhausting! I moved out of my bedroom for most of the week, but I was downsizing for a greater good/peace. By the third day I was convinced I had bitten off more than I could chew and wanted to abort the mission, but I had already posted my before pictures. On day six I enlisted the help of a non-biased third party to help me go through my clothing as I modeled each piece.
Now that my room and closet are put back together, It’s true that I feel a sense of calm.
I realize that the “stuff” I was hanging onto was holding me back and keeping me from my peace. I feel free! I feel light! I feel excited to greet each day! You know that feeling you get when you have new underwear on and nobody knows?
I now have time to smell the roses, or at least sip some bean. It makes me wonder, “What if I purged and organized every room in my house.”
It just so happens I ran across this little honey of a site to help us do just that. Back to Basics: Clutter Free Book Club (launching June 18 on Facebook). For other great ideas check out our resource page
Those of you who accepted the closet challenge last week, I’d love to hear your story. If you haven’t started, what’s holding you back?
Until next time my Sweets,
P.S. Wheels up Buttercup