Have you ever bought an item you thought you needed, only to find it hiding in a corner when you got home? Organization lets you create an inventory of your possessions, which allows you to purchase items you know you truly need.
This week's challenge is to tackle a closet. Chances are, you'll already be rooting around one as you pack away your Christmas decorations.
This project provides an opportunity to purge unwanted items and create new space for ones that need a place to park their butt. Nothing like an empty shelf to get stuff off the floor!
Items you will need:
- The bravery to tackle a closet
- Time set aside for the task (an hour, an evening, spaced out each day...)
- A container for items to donate
- 2 bags -- one for recycling, one for trash
- A dusting rag, potentially a broom or vacuum
1) Start by completely removing all the items. Seriously, give yourself a fresh space to work with.
2) As you clear out the space, make sure to give everything a little clean. This may be as simple as wiping off bottles, folding clothes, or throwing comforters in the dryer for a fluff. Dust off shelves, vacuum/sweep the floor, wipe off box tops.
3) Evaluate all the items you have, always asking:
- Do I need this?
- If no, can I donate or recycle it?
- If yes, is this closet a good home for this item?
4) After you've gone through everything, assess whether the closet needs any organizational accessories. There are tons of inexpensive containers, hampers, boxes, totes, hooks, and racks that you can add without a big price ticket. In our book, any item that gets you organized is always justified.
My designated closet is our office walk-in.
It's our only walk-in and medium sized, but it's our main storage area.
As you can see, it's fairly organized but it holds a lot. It's easy to forget what we've stashed in there. The Christmas decorations also need to be returned to this closet so it's a good one to work on.
Check back this weekend to see how we did!