I am about to go somewhere that I have never gone before on this blog. Please feel free to offer up some suggestions. Taking everything out into the front yard and burning it is not a valid suggestion. It was my original inclination, but I checked our HOA book and they are kind of against that sort of thing. Sheesh.
Let me also say that the number 1 and 2 reasons why we bought this house were...
1. The size of the bedrooms. Super big.
2. The size of the closets. Super big.
So really, space should not be a problem for me. But it is. Ugh. In that I (clearly) don't know how to use it properly and effectively. And like Mr. Dyson, I just want things to work properly.
So, here we go....
This is the closet in Chris's office. The room started as a guest bedroom and the closet was for storage. But then Casey moved into this room. So half of the "storage" stuff was then spread to other areas. And then we moved the girls back in together and made this room an office for Chris. And now the closet looks like this...
Oh, Lord, right? My wedding dress is in there. Along with my 1996 prom dress. And the posters from my bedroom in high school. And some stuffed animals and God only knows what else. And something you can't see is that on the wall that the door opens up to is a dresser. With things shoved in it.
Here's Quinn's closet. His room started out as his, then it became Chan's, then it was his again.
Oh, look, its another wedding dress. Its vintage, from the 1940's, that I bought and intended to wear, but it didn't have the dance-ability that I knew I was going to need, so I bought a different dress. And I don't have the heart to get rid of this one. Can we say, "hoarder"? My letter jacket is in this closet, along with my doll cradle that my grandfather made for me that the girls have out grown, and all the girls American Girl stuff.
Really? Are you kidding me? This is the girls' closet. I don't even know where to start in here. No idea. And they can't keep it clean to save their lives. On the wall that you can't see, there is a window, hence the really good lighting in there.
And then there is this...the linen closet. Enough said. Linens for five beds - two fulls, two twins, one king. And towels. And lots of blankets to build forts with and make movie night pallets.
And now for the grand finale. I cringe that I am even showing you this. This is probably the worst place in my house. Seriously. The closet in the master bedroom.
Out of control. And I don't even know where to begin. I feel like I just want to drag everything out of there and burn it all. A good half of the clothes that are in there don't fit me anymore, but I am still holding out hope. That pile by the door? That's the Goodwill pile.
So, that's that. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives...I promise I won't decline. :)
Perhaps next time I'll share with you the coat closet downstairs and the garage. We don't have a basement. I'm not sure if a basement would make things better or worse for us.
You should try californiaclosets.com for some ideas. They're kind of expensive, but you can get a general idea of what might help. :) My closets were horrific, and I went to Target/Home Depot for some shelving & whatnot. Here's a link:
OK, you asked for it...so here goes:
First ditch all the clothes that don't fit. Even when you can wear them again, you won't want to and right now they are just making you feel bad because you can't wear them. For your sanity, get them out of your way.
Old stuffed animals and posters are great but they just complicate things especially when there are FIVE people sharing your living space. Choose your two favorites of both types to keep and take pictures of the rest, then give them to Goodwill. You'll find you don't miss them after a while and happy that you aren't cringing every time you open the closet door.
The old wedding dress and prom dress, give them to your girls for dress up. The girls will get much more use out of them this way than you hanging on to them in hopes of 1) them wearing either when they go to prom/get married, or 2) taking up space in the closet never to see the light of day again, much less a dance floor.
I have other suggestions, but I think that's enough to get you started...
love the comments so far! I happen to have a problem...I organize my closet for fun! Weird, I know, but it makes me happy. I went to Lowes and got some cloth baskets and organized my linen closet. They have some very cute designs! Small one for wash clothes, larger ones for sheets (organized by size). I don't have a place to store extra toilet tissue, so I have a medium sized basket that holds tissue, as well as a medium size for hand towels. I do not have my towels in baskets, however I tri fold them the same way (it drives my husband crazy) and stack them neatly. It makes it so much easier to find things and to put them away when there is a system. Hope this helps some!
i'm new to your blog, nice to meet you!
i am a neat freak but sometimes i do get stuck on what to do with things i'm not ready to give away yet - especially when it comes to my closet.
i definitely agree with getting rid of things that don't fit/you haven't worn in over a year. that is the first step with clearing space and honestly, if you haven't touched it in a year, chances are you aren't going to!
the mementos you want to keep, i suggest finding a box and only keep the things with real meaning.
toys the kids don't use anymore, donate, they won't even miss them - especially if they don't even know they are gone.
the linen closet is hard when you have a ton of different size beds. i suggest each shelf have a theme. everything king, everything twin and double, everything towel, then all blankets and quilts at the bottom for easy access. this way you know where everything goes and it is easy to find.
hope this helps and i look forward to reading more of your blog :)
Oh this makes me feel so much better. I thought I was the only one. :)
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