Organizing the Closet
I’m still working on cleaning out the house. Dan says it’s all the benefits of moving without all the work. It’s true. I’ve cleaned out and organized so many little areas in the house. I’ve taken so many loads to Goodwill. I feel like it’s so much easier to find stuff in the house now.
My latest conquest was my clothes closet. Well, the shoes area of my closet, to be exact.
My closet before the reorganization. Yikes! That mound of stuff at the bottom, I don’t even know what’s in there. And, the plastic shelves at the back are broken. The area scared me so much that I didn’t even want to go in there.
The first step of any organization project is to access what you have. That means I had to pull out all the stuff. All the shoes, all the boxes, all the broken crates. I even found some shirts that had fallen onto the floor. All that stuff had to come out of the closet.
Some of the shoes went directly into the trash (well, the recycle any way; I’m lucky that my city recycles shoes and fabrics as well as the normal stuff). Some of the shoes went to Goodwill. I think I got rid of 10 pairs of shoes. All of the boxes went into the recycle bin.
First, you have to make a bigger mess in order to clean it up. This is really the hard part. Be brutal – throw stuff away (or give it to Goodwill) if you aren’t going to wear it anymore! Be honest with yourself too. And, why do I have 3 empty shoe boxes?
Clean everything well. Scrub and clean.
Here’s the empty closet after pulling everything out. I vacuumed it and then wiped it out. I’d like to paint it, but that wasn’t on my action plan for this project. Maybe soon.
Next, I bought shelves. What you see at the bottom of my reorganized closet are two stacked shelves. They’re made to stack neatly. I had to put them together, but they were really easy. Originally I thought I wanted to install one of those closet organizer systems. But, after looking at them I decided that the simple white shelf was easier and much cheaper to do.
I used a bin from the dollar store to collect the flip-flops all in one place. This bin sits on the top shelf now. It makes it so easy to keep them together and to find them quickly.
Hanging the belts from a belt hanger on the side of the closet. I’ve had this for years, and I bet it would be pretty easy to make something like this.
The shelves are installed. The belts are hung. The area is clean. And, you’ll see some wire baskets hanging on the right side. Those came from the dollar section at Target. I hung them with 3M Command Hooks.
I’m so happy with how this project looks. I can find my shoes. I know what I have. And, it looks nice if anyone comes over and sees it.
And, here’s a Bonus organizing tip for all those plastic grocery sacks.
Then I mounted them on the inside of a high closet door (over my stove) in the kitchen. And, I mounted them with 3M Command Strips (easy to remove once I’m done with them!). I love how easy it is to find a bag now!
What projects have you tackled? Don’t you feel great making progress in your house?