My MESSY closet.
My Closet Got a Makeover...and I Did Too :)
This post is a little exposing for me, but I am VERY excited to share with you what I have learned and how this process has changed me. Truely changed me, in a way I thought I would be hopeless forever. That sounds slightly draumatic...par for the course I guess.
I know I have gifts, primarily on the creative side of the spectrum. I love and understand people, music, art, color, nature, dance, fashion, home decorating, food...pretty much the "fun" things life has to offer. I think we all appreciate these things. Now there are some areas I know are not my gifts and I do not understand, like organizing.
I have never been organized, especially when it comes to my home. I could fake it in an office setting, but home, forget about it. I was this way as a kid, toys and clothes all over my room driving my mom absolutely insane I'm sure ;) My mom is very organized and values it. I felt like I couldn't keep up with the expectation, and got more discouraged about being orderly.
You can bet nothing had changed as a young adult. I feel bad for my first roommate. Clothes were EVERYWHERE. I really did try, but it was so against my nature and I seemed to always be in a hurry which made it worse. One thing I had going for me was a photographic memory, I knew where each item was, even how deep in the pile it was. That probably didn't help the others around me...
Fast forward a bit, my hubby Joe is naturally organized. So you can imagine what an adjustment married life was for both of us. I have learned how to keep our main living area tidy to keep him from feeling like the walls are closing in, but I have a few things hiding in our closets, literally. My biggest challenge EVER has been our bedroom closet. When this 5' 1" (me) tornado whips through there, you can bet there is no way to keep up with the disaster she leaves behind. So my poor Joe has just accepted this as his new hell...I mean "normal". I have made many attempts to organize during our marriage, but within a few weeks, the system would fail. I would feel overwhelmed and ashamed and the cycle would start all over again.
Through a mutual friend, I was able to meet Jill Annis of Simply Organized LLC. I needed some guidance, big time. The first thing to tackle was our bedroom closet. It might sound silly to you, but it's close to how some people feel about climbing Mt. Everest. I wanted to conquer this mountain in my life.
Jill came over ready to help equipped with a black sharpie and paper bags :) Here is what our closet looked like when she got there.
The very first step with Jill was to pull all of my clothes out, go through them and decide if they were to keep, donate, or try to sell at Rethreads or Plato's Closet. She got out her paper bags and labeled them as needed. Knowing that I won't be in my "normal" size for another year and a half since I am due in March 2013, it made it a lot easier to let items go. Also trying to remember the last time I wore something, if it was a summer item and I didn't wear it all summer, I knew I could let it go...etc. Check out how much I got rid of!
Eight bags!!! What a great start ;) Now I had some other homework to do on the closet. So I set out to Target for a few items to help me.
Jill thought maybe hanging my all of my clothes would be more helpful than folding them. I was more than willing to give it a try since folding them was getting me to dump my clothes in a pile on the shelf. I bought wooden pant hangers for both Joe and I. 3M hooks for hanging up Joe's hats and the velvet belt/scarf hanger. Later, I bought some clear plastic bins after measuring for the size that would fit above our closet on the shelf.
Now I have my belts and scarves hanging up with my clothes. It has really helped to take the clutter out of the hook rack and I don't have to worry about them falling down all the time. LOVE these hangers!
Check out our closet again before...
Compared to now...
I really can't believe it! I always thought there was a "right" way to organize, but Jill taught me it was more about finding what works for me and that was the key in discovering a system I could stick to. To simplify organizing. Do I have my clothes organized by color? No. Do I have them organized by clothing item? No. Is that wrong...NO :) It's just my way and it helped me to get rid of the clutter and pick my clothes up off the floor. HORAAYYYY!!! This picture above is a picture of freedom, and for that I am forever grateful. And I bet Joe is too...
Jill Annis of Simply Oranized LLC and I are doing a class together on November 14th! I am SUPER excited about it, you can learn about wardrobe basics from me and get some great closet organizing tips from Jill. For sign up/class information Click Here.
I hope you enjoyed this journey. I certainly learned a lot. I hope you all are having a fantastic week!
P.S. How do you like to organize your closet? I would love to hear what works for you! XOXO