So my goal this year is to Lighten My Life in many ways. One of the big goals is to get rid of a lot of the clutter that we have accumulated living here for almost 6 years. Hubby and I started the decluttering in our closet, which was in RIDICULOUS shape. Now this closet is plenty big enough, in fact, it's one of the things I really liked about the house when we bought it. But we had been cramming stuff in there for years, and it was finally about to burst!
I have to apologize for these pictures - I said to Hubby "Take some before pictures of the closet" and this, sigh, is what I got.... (He kicked butt on closet cleaning, so he gets props there for sure!). So here's some before pictures....
View to the left:
View to the right:
View straight ahead (super blurry - sorry):
Step one - everything out! This is the first time since we moved in to the house that the closet has been empty, and it was wonderful! Hubby & I vacuumed every nook, cranny & corner & wiped down all the shelves, bars and baseboards.
Next, we put items back on the shelves (we don't have a linen closet, so towels and sheets, along with my sweaters & sweatshirts live on the shelves.) Since the baby's room is upstairs, we have a makeshift changing table in our closet on top of some drawer units so we don't have to go upstairs all the time to change her. Before we started putting things back in, we thought a lot about what was and wasn't working with the arrangement in there. And we decided to move where that "changing table" was located and how Hubby's clothes were arranged as well.
Here's the AFTER:
View to the left:
And the view to the right:
That's actually 14 (!) trash bags of clothes, shoes and purses, plus 3 boxes to Goodwill. Now THAT'S lighter!