January’s New Thing #2: Organize Our Closet

Each month, I choose 3 new things to do! It keeps me from flaking out on year-long goals and makes the start of each month pretty exciting and fresh! One of my things to do in January was to organize our closet! It’s a pretty large closet compared to ones we’ve had in old apartments (plus we have a whole OTHER closet that still needs tackling on the other side of the room).

BeforeCloset

Here are some shots of it BEFORE. Off season clothing thrown into milk crates, a huge cardboard box of shoes that we used when we moved into this place, and a random assortment of crappy hangers (hanging clothes we never wear).

I had a few goals in mind as I was heading to Marshall’s:

  • Buy felt hangers and only use those from now on (not only are they extremely thin but clothing won’t slip off or crease)
  • Get some type of storage system for shoes and off-season clothing
  • Find an ottoman that also can be used for storing Adam’s shoes (he has a lot!)
  • GET RID OF STUFF!

AfterCloset

Four hours later, I think I did pretty well! We don’t own our townhouse so I’m never going to invest in building additional storage or knocking down any walls. The simple fixes that I aimed for really made a huge difference! I used those cloth bins to store bathing suits, shoes, lingerie, and summer-y stuff on the floor and up above. I also snagged a REALLY cheap white ottoman for about $40 and we now store a lot of Adam’s dressier shoes in there since he rarely wears them day-to-day. I got rid of so many clothes I never wear and all those cheap hangers that were creasing my silk shirts!

It’s not my dream closet but it’s MY closet and I’m pretty impressed with the improvement! What about you? Have you organized or simplified this year at all?

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Comments (7)

  • My goal for 2013 was to get better organized. I guess I better start with my closet.

  • I finally just organized our pantry – it had been a wreck since we threw everything in there when we bought the house. IN MAY! As much as I cook, it’s pathetic that I’ve just organized it. I would get so embarrassed when people would see inside it. I’ll be posting about it shortly.
    Up next – my walk in closet. We need to add some shelves to make better use out of the space.

  • i need to do this to my entire house…so overwhelming. we don’t have a lot of stuff, but i just am not sure just how i want it organized! i’m afraid i’ll spend $$ on organizational stuff and then hate the way it looks!

    harumph!

    • I hear ya. I spent like $150 on stuff for my closet. I have to wait til next month to tackle our office closet. I figure I can close the door even if I don’t love the way it looks.

  • This looks great! Andy and I did the same thing a couple weekends ago, and it was hard work, but SO worth it. I couldn’t decide if I was proud of us, or just sad that we threw away trash bag after trash bag of ‘STUFF’, but I’m so happy with the result, I don’t care. And the best testament to it all, the closets are STILL clean!

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