I recently tweeted that I'm turning more into my mother each day. Not that that's a bad thing; my mom's a pretty rockin' lady. But I feel like I'm on a slippery slope toward Curves, Christian radio, and mom jeans. Take, for example, this list of things that I do on a regular basis:
- clip coupons and organize them alphabetically in my handy coupon box
- stay at home on Friday nights drinking wine and reading Minnesota Monthly
- powerwalk with my dog
- tear recipes from magazines and organize them in my recipe binder
- yell at kids to get off my lawn (okay, I didn't personally do this, but I witnessed it and thought it was justified)
- make sure the kitchen is clean before I go to bed to avoid morning crankiness
- organize closets for fun
And, apparently, blog about organizing closets for fun, because that's what this post is about.
We have a big closet in our guest room that, at some point over the past year, became a dumping ground for all the crap we didn't feel like dealing with. I rarely even opened the doors, because I knew as soon as I did I would start hyperventilating/wanting to kill someone. So today I finally bit the bullet and decided to clean that sucker out.
The pictures don't really even do it justice. It was a HOT MESS. Towels and sheets and random stuff everywhere, with the coats and dresses blocking the attempt at organization in the back.
I am so ashamed.
But...behold the beautiful after!
oh hello sanity. I've missed you.
The cats also love it. Can you spot them in the two after pictures?
I figured some of you might be in similar disorganization situations, so I've compiled a list of my best crazy-lady anal-retentive organization tips.
- It has to get worse before it gets better. Take everything out of the closet and make a giant mess.
- Piles are your friend. Get a loose organization of what you have in there, i.e. towels, winter attire, bedding, beauty products, whatever.
- Once everything is out, make a plan for how you're going to put it back. Organization = strategery. Make sure the things you need or use regularly are easy to reach, and place seasonal items (i.e. winter hats) at the back/bottom.
- Use what you have to meet your needs. For example, the thing on the door with my towels and bedding in it is supposed to hold shoes. I have shoe storage elsewhere (wait for an upcoming post on my shoe closet) so the shoe rack is now a towel holder.
- Don't be afraid to throw or donate items that are just taking up space! If you haven't used it in the last year, you probably don't need it.
- Pay attention to colors and flow. This might be a relic from my retail branding days, but things will look 10x neater if you have, for example, all of the white hangers together.
- And, of course, dance around to Britney Spears (my go-to cleaning music) or something equally awesome while you're organizing, because why shouldn't it be fun?