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BIG BOYS CLOSET REDO

I’m on a roll. And it feels good. This past week I tackled the big boys closet. It was scary. Ty had 3 seasons worth of clothes in there and they were all mixed in together. Which made getting him ready for school in the morning fun….really fun.
Here’s the before:

Scary, isn’t it? I hope you all realize how hard it was to post that picture. I had to visit my inner well of deep courage. I started by taking every single thing out of that closet. I enlisted the help of the short people. They can destroy anything in 5 seconds flat, time to put some of that chaos to work for me. Then I reconfigured the closet organizer system. It just didn’t work. The kids clothes got all mixed in together and quite honestly, putting the laundry away in a closet that looks like that is a real chore. Which is why their clean laundry ended up stacked in the laundry basket for the entire week, unfolded and mixed up from trying to find clothes to wear every day. Chaos.
Here is the after:

Isn’t is purty? I gave each boy his own side of the closet. We are right in between seasons in our state and it’s 82 degrees one day, 45 degrees the next. Drives me insane, pick a damn season already why dontcha. So I had to be able to fit both winter and summer clothes in the closet. But they have so. much. stuff. I had to sort it all out. I made 3 piles for each boy: donate, storage, closet. Anything they have outgrown that I don’t want to sell next season, I donated. I ended up with a huge garbage bag of donate clothes and shoes. Anything that they wouldn’t wear again this season, like sweaters and thicker pants, I put in Large Rubbermaid tubs labeled Boys Winter. Then I separated the rest of the clothes into seasons. The long sleeved shirts got hung up. The shorts and tshirts got folded on the upper shelves. Ty’s pants got folded on the bottom shelf and Cam’s pants got hung up. I gave each boy one drawer to hold their undies, socks and PJ’s. The bottom drawer holds their dress up costumes- all 500 of them. I bought the red bins at Tar-jay and used them to separate and sort their smaller toys. I’m forever stepping on legos, Star Wars action figures and transformers. Now they are all separated and sorted.

It’s official. I’m an organizing addict. Where’s the nearest 12 step program?