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Welcome to Week 1 of the 8 week declutter challenge! If you missed it, you can check out all the details in the original post – 8 WEEK DECLUTTER CHALLENGE. Basically I’m tired of having so much stuff. And what better time than a brand new year to get all the junk out? I’m not doing makeovers on these areas – simply cleaning out. I find it’s too easy to get overwhelmed if it’s not cleared out first. Plus I’m in the middle of the $100 room challenge and I’m redoing our playroom. No time for other makeovers right now. But there is time for cleaning out the clutter! This challenge is designed to only take a few hours each week and focus on 8 different spaces in your home that have way too much stuff! This week is the master bedroom closet!
For the first week, I’m focusing on my closet. I’ll admit, it was pretty organized before because I hate to shop and I don’t have a ton of clothes. And what I do have tends to be black, white, or gray. I really should branch out a little more, but it’s just not important to me. Several years ago, we added some additional wire shelving in the closet which helps tremendously. And one of the things I love about this house is that I get my own closet. No sharing!
Master Bedroom Closet Decluttering
Here’s where I started: (and I apologize for the lighting – that’s on my goal list – new light for the closet!!)
See that plastic container on the top shelf? There were actually two more on the floor. And they were full of clothes. Clothes that I haven’t worn in years. Seriously, there are several dresses that I’ve had since college and I am waayyy past college. I can’t for the life of me figure out why I’ve been hanging onto them. I can still wear them which is a plus, but I don’t even like them.
With every room, I’m taking it all out first. Then sorting through and asking myself three questions:
Do I love it, need it, or use it? If it doesn’t fall into one of these categories, it’s gone. Donated, sold, or trashed – outta here. Here’s looking at you college dresses. Bye bye now.
- If you are really wavering on getting rid of something, put in on a hanger turned the wrong way on the rack. If you still see that same hanger 6 months later turned backwards, then it’s probably a safe bet that you aren’t going to wear it.
- Store out of season clothes in a plastic tote like the one below until it’s time to wear them. This keeps less clothes in the closet at one time and it’s easier to see what you have.
- Use inexpensive storage totes like the ones below for shoes that you don’t wear often. Keeps the dust off the shoes and easier to stack or store than shoe boxes. These are some of my favorite investments for my closet and they are $1.99 each!!
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I’m amazed at how much I had stuffed into that closet that I either don’t even like or it doesn’t fit. I had three black suits – and if anyone can tell me why I thought I ever needed three black suits, that would be great. Anyway, all three are too big. Gone. All in all, I got rid of a trunkful of stuff. I take all our donation clothes to a great local facility that provides clothing to needy individuals. The clothes that weren’t in donation condition are either trashed or I use them as rags in the garage. Coats, scarves, shirts, pants, shoes, belts, dresses, and t-shirts. My closet is so much lighter now and only the stuff I wear is in it. I use one of the plastic totes to hold summer things so it doesn’t get too packed in. Every thing has a hanger so it’s so much easier to put away laundry. I’ve got my gym clothes in a bin from the Target dollar spot because it doesn’t need to be folded neatly. No one cares if your clothes are wrinkled at 5:45am anyway.
And here’s what I ended up with to donate. Since I don’t have a ton of clothes in the first place, this one didn’t take very long. I figure if I do this twice a year, it’ll stay this way! I do realize that if you are a clothes lover, it’ll take a bit longer, but seriously consider what you actually wear. If it hasn’t seen the light of day in years, trust me, you won’t miss it.
1st week – done!
Now it’s only stuff I wear regularly. My gym clothes are organized, my paint clothes are sorted and neatly put together, and I only have one plastic container of summer stuff.
I’d love to see if you tackled any closets this week or any other area of your house that just has too much stuff! Email me or comment below!
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Stay tuned for next week – it’s the kids rooms!