Finally, slipped the hamper right under my hanging clothes! That was a perfect little spot for it!
By nature, I'm a slob. In all seriousness--I'm naturally a messy person. This is not news to my mother, husband, or any other person who knows me well. I usually work in chaos in my office. And my closet.
But I had had enough. It was time to force a change upon myself. And maybe have access to clothes that I couldn't get to through the madness.
So I spent about 4 hours one Saturday sorting through and donating clothes & other accessories in my closet & my drawers. And it felt really good to purge.
The whole idea came to me when I saw these hangers at Costco.
Each box was $10.00! I could have a neat and organized closet for only $20.00? I'll take it. (of course I didn't NEED new hangers. But I love these flocked hangers, and my sad white plastic ones were snapping in half.)
So here is what I began with:
Yes, it's true. My poor husband only uses 1/4 of the closet. I'm so generous with space.
He's so lucky to have me.
The first thing I did was transfer all the hanging clothes to the new hangers, and in the process I filtered through what I wanted to keep and what I should donate.
The following photo is a perfect example of how I am naturally a messy person. Wouldn't it have made sense to just keep the old hangers on the bar, instead of throwing them into a hanger pile of tangled disaster? Yes. What did I do? I threw them over my head from the closet and let them fall into a mess.
Work out clothes and bathing suits were removed from the hanging storage next to the hanging shoe storage.
Shoes and a pair of slippers went to the donation pile.
I believe I donated approximately 15 pairs of pants/jeans. Some I have had for 4+ years.
And then the rearranging began. We don't have a linen closet, so we keep a few toiletries in our closet. I had to keep that wire storage in there for those. Plus, we have a darks, lights and "special" hamper. The "special" hamper is for my clothes that need to be washed and hung, or washed a certain way. *Lights/Darks Hamper came from Target!
Mainly, my goal was to be able to see the hanging clothes that I have. So I wanted those to be placed first.
Can I point out how small the color section is? And how large the grey section is? :) I used baskets that I already owned to sort smaller items above the clothes.
I moved shoe storage down and gave my husband some space.
And slipped the hamper in right under the hanging clothes. A perfect space!
Are you proud of me? I'm so thrilled with the result. I really believe it has taken some element of stress away from me in the morning since it isn't a battle to try to find a shirt!
I mentioned earlier this week on Facebook that I discovered something profound about myself. Here is how it happened.
I had coffee with a friend, and brought her a bag of clothes to see if she wanted to snag anything before it was donated. As we were rifling through it (in the trunk of my station wagon in the rain--how about that visual?), she pointed something out to me.
All of my clothes were inside out. These were clothes taken directly from my drawers, and placed into the donation bag. So that means, they were folded and put away inside out. And I had absolutely no idea that I did that. I mean, it's a sickness people! Who doesn't turn their clothes right side out?
We were laughing so hard at the fact that I just learned this fact about myself.
So my second goal, along with the one about keeping my new closet orderly, is to turn my clothes right side IN when I put them away! Like a normal person!
*So I meant "right side out". . .but there is a right side that goes in too, right?
Wish me luck.