If you’ve read the About Us section of the blog, you know how we got started. Part of my presentation at the women’s conference was about purging your wardrobe. And that means (da, da, da)…
CLEANING OUT THE CLOTHES CLOSET!
I confess. I’m not a very good example. I’m blessed with a lovelywalk-in closet all to myself. And I have abused this luxury by letting it get out of control. I mean insanely. So I decided today to commit to remedying this problem by showing a picture of my closet in its current state to the entire Free World. There you have it.
Now that it’s out, don’t expect miracles in a few hours. My compromise is to do a little each week until it’s finished. Today, I tackled the two shelves and the shoe pile on the floor. Here’s my checklist to making this job as painless as possible.
1. Move Everything Out
I designated the guest bedroom as my staging site, and I moved the piles on both shelves and the shoes on the floor out of the closet
2. Separate it.
This is the hard part. I created 3 piles: throw away, donate to charity and keep/put away. You really need to do some very quick soul searching, and be ready to try things on. If you haven’t worn it in a while, if it has stains or holes, if it doesn’t fit, GET RID OF IT!
3. Organize and Put Away the “Keepers”
I had kept my shoe boxes, but they were piled up in yet another closet. So I got them out, put the shoes back into them, and I marked each box with a Sharpie to make it easy to find them on the shelf. (My casual, flat shoes are on a shoe hanger on the closet door. This doesn’t work well with heels, because the hanger can distort the shoe.)
I do have one dilemma. That’s how to make my nice (and sometimes expensive) leather purses stand up so they keep their shape. I thought I might try cutting a large piece of foam rubber the shape of each purse and stuff it inside. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Done! (at least for this week) Next week I think I will work on the mystery boxes on the floor and my mountain of scarves.
So have I inspired you to organize? I challenge everyone to do one thing this week. Try cleaning out a drawer, organizing your purse or wallet, rearrange that pesky Tupperware cabinet – the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve completed your challenge, let us know what you accomplished.
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