Closet Attack

My closet needs help!
Overwhelmed. That's how I generally feel when I open two doors in my home: my bedroom closet, and my (supposed) guest room. Both are filled to the brim and just plain out of control. 

For now, I'm going to concentrate on my closet. Why? Because when I say "I can't find anything to wear" it's because it's buried in a sea of disarray. 

It really is my fault. I have no one else to blame. The dogs are not allowed in there, so I know they are not the cause, and if they were, I would not have any dogs to blame...anymore. I've tried (and succeeded) in attempting to organize and declutter my bedroom closet. In the past, I've successfully maintained a warm weather and cold weather wardrobe over the years (except the past year). I've even successfully whittled down my wardrobe to something manageable at one point or another. 

But...somewhere in the chaos of my days, I've lost control.

I can lay some blame on my widening girth of late (which, with the help of Weight Watchers, will be the topic of future blog). I'm willing to lay a bet that the majority of items hanging in my closet doesn't fit. If, oops...I mean WHEN I lose the weight, I have an entire wardrobe waiting on me. 

But the how? There are several methods and ways to tackle the closet scare. The last time I successfully decluttered my closet, I tried on everything in front of a full length mirror. What I still liked, but didn't fit, went into a box. What didn't fit and I didn't like went into a to-go box. If I didn't like it, but it was in good condition, went to consignment shops. The rest was organized into type and color, which meant that my pants and tops were separated and then organized by color. I also separated out my winter from my summer clothes to make even more room. To me, this was the quick and dirty way of cleaning out the closet. 

Another method, or challenge, I'm considering is Project 333. This challenges you to choose only 33 items to wear or use for 3 months at a time. It includes jewelry, accessories and shoes in the number of items, except for wedding rings, sentimental pieces that are worn all the time, underwear, workout gear, sleep wear, and in-home lounge wear. You basically box up the things you don't wear and put them away until the next 3 months where you will chose another 33 items to wear or use. I'm highly considering it, but am honestly a bit frightened by it. You see, I own 25 pairs of shoes alone. 

There is also the one year rule. If you have not worn it in a year, it has to go. No ifs, ands, or buts. I've done this before only to turn around and search frantically for an item a few weeks later. This winter was one of those times after ditching all of my sweaters last year. Not one of my best moments. 

There are benefits to keeping a well organized closet. You can clearly see all of your options and don't have to iron as much are just two of those benefits. 

So, my next step is to actually stop writing about what I want to do, or how I'm planning on doing it, and just do it. I'll let you know how it turns out. Maybe I'll be a little more willing to post a photo of my entire closet next time.


  1. For 5 years (the length of time I've been single) my room has been used as nothing but storage until recently. I kept my clothes in the closet but that's about as far as any organizational attempts went.

    The past few months have seen me tackle the room. I threw out an old entertainment center and television that had gotten wet before I could get the roof stopped leaking. I threw away books from my childhood that I had kept that were torn to shreds basically and any clothes, other than dress shirts, that didn't fit were put away in boxes.

    I drug the gazelle out of the middle of the floor, set it up and WD-40'd it and hence the weight loss. I'm debating getting the Ab Lounge from the garage and putting it in there also. My dumbbells that I really never use are now organized thanks to Jonathan.

    My closet is now organized. Khakis, blue jeans (including a few pair I'm intend to lose down to wearing), dress shirts for work, casual long sleeve, casual short sleeve, mocknecks/turtlenecks, and a few sweaters.

    There are still a few things to organize in the room of course and once I lose more weight I will have a tough chore to face. A box full (a huge box) of clothes I bought on clearance when I was working at Penney's several years ago. I figure some are out of style and I can donate but it will be a tough chore figuring out what to keep and what not to.

    Brenda, keep up the good work!!! You're an inspiration to me to keep going on lol!!! Oh, we won't talk about my 800+ LP albums.......


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