I am cursed with a very small master closet in this house. Seriously, it’s so small it’s almost laughable. Except I’m not laughing. I love clothes and I have a whole lot of them. I also have quite the love affair with shoes…and scarves….and bags. See my problem?
A few years ago we had to redo our master closet system when the old one fell off the wall. Literally, it just fell off the wall. So we took the “opportunity” to install a closet organizer that allowed us to change the configuration whenever we needed to. I think I’ve re-configured the closet at least 25 times now, trying my best to pack as much stuff in there as I can! When we did the big house clean out this summer I purged the master closet with a vengeance.
I gave myself a few rules when going through the closet:
1. If I hadn’t worn it in a year, it went to the donate pile.
2. If it doesn’t fit me now, it went to the donate pile.
3. If I don’t have anything it matches, it went to the donate pile.
You wouldn’t believe how much that I purged just by following those 3 simple rules. I had to be realistic. If I haven’t worn it in a year then it probably is not going to get worn again. The exception to that rule were a few party dresses that I need for fundraisers and things. They cost too much to replace! I also got rid of almost everything that doesn’t fit me right now. No more hanging on to clothes that are either 2 sizes too small or 2 sizes too big. I kept a small stack of jeans that I love even though I’m not wearing them right now. But all those skinny clothes? Gone. All the fat clothes? Gone. Also gone are all those items that I bought on sale but have never found anything that matches them. If I loved it enough I would have found something to wear with it by now.
I was shocked at how much space those items in the donate pile were taking up in my closet. I even found a brand new pair of boots that I bought last year on sale at the end of the season. They were hidden by piles of stuff I never wear. It was like Christmas, y’all. After I purged I sorted and organized everything. I’m not one of those people who organize their closets by color. I organize in order of what I wear on a regular basis. I’m not a morning person so being able to grab something to wear quickly without hassle is what matters to me.
I brought the cube organizer that used to be in Mase’s bedroom into the closet and used it for accessories, shoes, jeans, etc. It made such a difference. Things are lying all over the floor and I can find what I need without a search party. I was able to get the majority of my fall/winter and spring/summer clothes and accessories into the closet this time. Normally I have tubs of off season clothes stored under the bed.
In an effort to try and maintain this organization I have made myself a new rule. For every one thing I buy I have to get rid of at least one item. I’ve been pretty good so far about sticking to it. As I get older I realize I don’t need 14 pairs of the same style jeans or 9 white tees. I’d rather wait and spend my money on a few good, quality, items that will last awhile than grab the trendy sale items that will out of style next year. Oh geez….I sound like my mother. I feel the need to buy something inappropriate right now. Ha!
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