The Closet – our New Year’s project…

We rang in the New Year by cleaning out and cleaning up our closet.  I like that 2014 has started out with a bit of organization around here.  Woo hoo!

It started with Tad’s new socks.  I gave him 12 pairs of crazy socks for Christmas.  So, Tad’s sock drawer needed to be cleared out to make room for his new socks.

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I also got a few clothing items for Christmas. I am of the camp that lives by the rule “if you get something new, you get rid of something old.”  So, I did just that – and a little more.  A few years ago, I decided that I would only wear (and keep) comfortable, well fitting clothes.  I got rid of everything uncomfortable, too small, too big, ugly, tattered, sentimental, stained, etc.  This left me with a small amount of clothes.  At first, it was a little funny living with such a limited amount of options – but I have adjusted – and I like it.   What this means for me is now I don’t buy clothes unless it fits perfectly and is the perfect color and style – it has to look good and feel good – or I don’t buy it.   This saves me serious closet space and, of course, money.  I like having a little extra of both – space and cash.

I don’t really have any before and after pictures because I keep the closet pretty organized most of the time – the pictures wouldn’t be that dramatic.  Also, I suspect nobody wants to see a picture of me dusting rods and hangers or wiping down shelves – again not very dramatic.  What is exciting about this is that I – just – got – it – done!  You might ask exactly how I got it done – because  you are trying to get motivated yourself, or you might be having a slow day and need something to read/do, or you are just the curious sort?  Here goes…

One of Tad’s favorite sayings is “How do you eat an elephant?”  I say “I don’t eat elephants”.  His answer is “one bite at a time”.  So, there you have it – I tackled this cleaning/organizing project one bite at a time (or one area at a time).  I picked an area.  I sorted, tossed/donated, dusted/wiped down, and folded/rehung.  Then, I moved on to the next area.

My folded t-shirts, tops, shorts, tights and such were first.

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On to the hanging clothes next.  I have the bottom rack.  I arranged my clothes by skirts, pants, sweaters, long sleeves, and then short sleeves.  The top rack is Tad’s – his are always pretty organized so I didn’t have to do any organizing or sorting there.  I then dusted the rods and hanger tops.

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I have a small area where I hang longer items – sweaters, wraps, dresses.  I keep my cocktail dresses in the dress bag since I don’t wear these very often.  I dusted the bag off,  and dusted the rod and hanger tops here, as well.

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On the opposite wall is Tad’s work clothes.  A few sweaters on the top shelf got refolded.  Again, Tad keeps his hanging clothes pretty organized already so all I needed to do here was dust the rods and hanger tops.

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Next, the long top shelf got cleared off and wiped down. The clothes – jeans, Tad’s shorts and sweat shirts – all got refolded and placed back in their assigned spots.

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Nearly finished!  I had Tad go through two shelves of  t-shirts.  Tad loves his t shirts.  I am going to guess that he’s got several hundred scattered around the place.  Anyway, he got rid of 7 or 8 – yay!  He reorganized them by color.  I wiped down the shoe shelves and dusted off a few shoes that don’t get worn very often.

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I don’t debate or waiver about when I last wore something or whether or not I will ever wear it again – none of that business.  I just decide by asking myself if it is comfortable and well fitting. If the answer is yes to both questions, then I keep it.  If the answer is no to either question, I get rid of it.  Really simple.  Life is too short for uncomfortable, bad fitting clothes.

To wrap everything up, I vacuumed the floor and wiped it clean with floor cleaner.  I stood back and admired my work.  I stopped back by a few times over the next few hours just to soak up my success…

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Time it took to do this little New Year’s project?   Only about 1.5 hours.  Seriously.  It was quick, easy, and left me with a sense of accomplishment.  It’s the small things…

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