Week 4 of our conquering clutter challenge was closets and backyard! If you are new to our challenge check out the following posts:
I originally had the closets and the back yard, but I wanted to focus a little more time on the closets instead of rushing through them so hopefully, I will get to the backyard before the end of the challenge.
Ok, so the closets are obviously another problem area because I normally throw stuff in there and shut the door. You know…out of sight out of mind. Well, I tell you what.. it really bit me in the butt when I had to go through all the closets…sheesh
Because I made so much progress in Dustin and I’s closet last week, I went ahead and posted it here.
Problem Area #1: Elise’s Closet
As a typical 4.5-year-old girl Elise loves to go in her closet and change several times. We are working with her to pick up her clothes after she changes the
two 50 times. Also, Elise’s room is pretty popular amongst the boys. They LOVE going to her room to play and pretty much take everything off the shelves in the closet. She also has a lot of toys in the closet that could be hand down to Luke and/or the twins. As soon as I took these out of her closet it immediately begin to look better. Elise also has 10 costumes and this literally took half the hanger space in her closet.
Below are Luke and the twin’s closets. as you can see I’m not a big fan of hanging clothes. And I got rid of stuff that wasn’t needed. In Luke’s closet, I had some extra covers and the air mattress, that I took out that will be stored upstairs when needed.
Problem Area #2: Storage Closets
I’ve said several times throughout this challenge that we are very blessed to have a larger home, but I don’t want to keep stuff we aren’t going to use or cram every single space with things just because we have the space available.
This closet is another pantry that is located underneath the stairs. I like to keep the larger items in here like bottled water and the large quantity of apple juice I have to buy at one time. We also have the cleaning supplies on the top shelf to still keep it accessible in the kitchen, but it is out of the reach of the kids. We have extra flashlights here as well as candles. Lastly, we also have some outside items like Elise’s helmet, goggles, and some planting tools I prefer to keep inside.
This closet is located in the hall and I normally keep my bulk items like toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex. (It looks like I have to stock up again!) I also keep any extra items like toothpaste, body wash etc in here. So, if we are running low on something everyone will know where to go look and I can see what we need more of by taking a quick peak. Lastly, we keep our extra sheets in here. After keeping an extra set of sheets for each bed somehow we still had like 4 old extra sets that I’m getting rid of. Another huge problem of annoyance in here were gift bags. I normally keep all the gift bags we receive at baby showers and birthday. I went through all of them and kept the gender neutral baby shower bags as well as Happy Birthday bags. I would say I narrowed it for like 40 to 20. I threw away any gender specific bags because the likelihood of me using these bags are not very high.
This closet wasn’t too bad. I pulled some items that were hanging, but we normally keep winter coats and rain gear in here as well. We store our luggage at the bottom and games up top.
Phew! There you have it! All the closets in our home. It’s tough to keep disciplined to purge each section of our home, but I’m so glad y’all are keeping me accountable to do it. After I start, I just get on a roll! At the end of the day, our home is beginning to not stress me out as much and we don’t have junk just sitting in places it shouldn’t. I cannot wait until our April 1st garage sale in 2 short weeks so I can get all of this stuff out of my house for good!
What about you? Which closet in your home is the most unorganized and what is keeping you from tackling it?