I Organized My Messy Closet In Three Easy Steps
This is my closet. It is what I avoid at all cost every morning when I wake up. As I am walking to the bathroom every morning, I make a real effort to remove my eyeglasses so that the whole thing is a blur and I make sure to keep the door shut if someone is coming over. Yes, it embarrasses me but I am a super busy mom, my family gets home cooked meals several days a week, I work and volunteer which keep me sane, and frankly the idea of going in that closet to make some organized magic only appeals to me if I think I might have lost 5 pounds and my skinny jeans are calling my name.
This is the back of the closet. It is by far the most embarrassing part of my house. This corner is where I was frantically searching for black dress pants three months ago and is also the corner where I throw clothes that I feel make me look too plump that day. This photo reflects my scary un-organized closet and I was excited that I carved out time to get it organized. The process really lifted my spirits.
The first thing I did to get this crazy, messy closet organized was to empty it completely. I should have taken more photos of the empty because our bedroom was completely full of stuff. About half-way through I started getting a bit cranky and was thinking of abandoning the whole mess and going to the local Jamba Juice for some kind of fruity happiness.
2. Remove Clutter
I texted my husband this photo and said, could we sleep in the studio tonight? His reply was that there looked like a room for one, but for me to enjoy the studio and our snoring Jack Russel Terrier. HAH! So I moved to step two of the closet organizing. I decluttered and created several bags of donations and one large bag of trash. I inspected each and every item that came out of the messy closet, even down to cleaning out handbags. Once I got into the swing of letting go of things I no longer need or loved it became almost instinctual to just get rid of clutter. I was amazed at the space remaining! (Space – the joy of turning a messy closet into an organized closet)
3. Organize Remaining Items – Group Like Items Together
Yes, this is my real closet and that is our real dirty laundry. 🙂 I probably should have edited the laundry out or just filled it with towels, but I had promised to keep it real. But oh my, look at all the space. In step 3 I added back all my stuff. I took my time and grouped like things together and carefully hung up all the clothes that I had decided to keep. The best part is that I did not spend one dime on the closet makeover.
Look at this amazing empty space in the back of the closet! I am going to shop for a little stool to use to put on shoes and my add a hanger-on the wall for a couple of cute outfits for summer or make it a MOMMY secret hideout and bring in a bowl of chocolates and a good book! 🙂
I so glad I organized my messy closet. I used organizing tools I already had on hand and utilized a three-step process and IT WORKED! 1. Remove All Items. 2. Get Rid of All Clutter and be honest about what you need and what you don’t. 3. Put items back in an organized manner by grouping like items together.