How to Organize your Closet!
Day 1 of 5 days of Organizing

Monday

 

Welcome to day 1 of the 5 days of organizing series!  I’m getting the biggest, baddest, most intimidating one out of the way first.  Closets.

Just how intimidating is going through your closet and organizing it?  Well … let’s see … the fella ran away from home around 8 or 9 months ago and I still haven’t moved the things from my closet into his.  (his closet was the smaller one in the bedroom, while mine was the larger walk in closet in the hall)

I’ve been wanting to/meaning to/hoping to/avoiding to move my seasonal clothes into the bedroom closet, while leaving the out of season clothes in the walk in.  3 seasons have passed without me doing this.  I’m pretty much a great closet organizer avoider.

So while you read all of these posts this week, know that we’re all the same.  We all want to have an organized, perfect life and home, but we don’t.  But if you follow each of my 5 organizing posts this week we CAN be.  For a little while, until the mess builds up again, anyway.  Which in my book is better than nothing.

Organizing your closet isn’t what you’d call brain surgery with a butter knife.  It’s pretty simple and we all know what has to be done. It’s just that it’s sometimes easier to do it when there’s a list telling you exactly what to do.  And a person you’ve never met before looking at you sternly from behind her computer screen.

So here is that list.

1.  Identify what to do with each item.

  • Keep
  • Garbage
  • Donate
  • Reuse/recycle

Put everything into separate piles and deal with them immediately.  Throw the garbage clothes in the garbage, wash and fold the donate pile and put it in a box (at the very least put it in a box and in the laundry room to wash and fold later), set aside things you know you can use for crafts and or projects later.  More on things you should save and the things you can use them for later on in the post.

The clothes you keep are the ones you wear THAT a) look good on you b) are comfortable c) aren’t hideously out of date or inappropriate.  No matter how much you loved the dress you wore when you were 25 and how good it looked at the time, chances are 20 years later you look like a lunatic wearing it.  Sorry.  But, someone had to tell you.

2.  Clean and decide how to categorize your clothing.

  • Clean your closet.
  • Buy or make shoe organizers.
  • Decide whether to group your clothing by colour or season.  (I do a combination of colour and season)
  • Don’t forget to use the back of your closet door for storage.  Hanging hooks can hold purses, belts, jewellery or your housecoat.
  • I *also* have a work category.  Clothes that I can get paint, grease or goo on without worrying.  These clothes go in their own drawer.

3.  Put it all back.

  • Hang pants and shirts.
  • Fold sweaters and put on shelf or in drawers.
  • Organize shoes.  Do NOT keep them in their boxes.  Out of site, out of mind. Even if you do that super-organized thing and take a picture of the shoes and paste it on the outside of the box, you’ll wear them less than if you can just see and grab the shoes.  We’re all pretty lazy at heart.

 

A shot of my larger closet “before” …

Closet Before

 

A shot of my larger closet “after” …
Closet After

Tips from my Closet

* Try EVERYTHING on.  It’ll remind you of how much you love or hate something. Looking at it doesn’t work.  Put it on!

(to make it less overwhelming, grab an armful of hangers and go through that pile.  Try on, separate into piles, put keepers aside, repeat.)

* Put a pair of neutral heels on and try all of your dresses on at once.  It’s just easier.  To clarify, I don’t mean put one dress on top of the other until you’re wearing all of your dresses.

* If you’re iffy on something put it in your keep pile.  Then when you put everything back in your closet, go through everything again.  After trying everything on you might decide that thing you were iffy on is actually a throw away.

There are a few ways you can recycle old clothing into new crap!

SWEATERS!

Sweaters that don’t fit, have holes or you don’t like anymore?

Turn them into grocery bags …

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Sweater Grocery Bag tutorial 

… or pillows! (like Centsational Girl did)

 

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Sweater Pillow tutorial

 Jeans

Jeans too tight?  Jeans too ugly?

Turn them into a hanging pencil holder.

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Jean Pencil Holder tutorial

 

Old shirts

Cruddy old shirts?

Turn them into MORE grocery bags!

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Lumberjack Sack tutorial

Or cut the fabric out and use them as embroidery hoop wall hangings.

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Hanging Embroidery Hoop Hanging tutorial

Approximate time for project:  Well for me it took a whole day. But you’re much better at keeping an organized closet than I am so I’m sure it’ll only take you a few hours.  If your closet is exactly as big a disaster as mine is … give yourself the weekend.

On a side note, it’ll take you a lot less time if you make a real effort to stay focused.

I made no such effort.  You might say as I went through my closet I got a bit distracted going through all the stuff I found in there. Mind you … I was just sticking to my rule of trying everything on.

Black Wig
Crazy Wig

Consider yourselves warned.

Have your own tips? Tricks? Let everyone know.


99 Comments

  1. Ella says:

    I quite like the black hair look!

  2. Marti says:

    Oh thank you for buying those wigs! I don’t know when you bought them… I don’t care. Please just put them in the back of your closet until the next time we all need another good laugh!

    If I thought I’d find anything as fun as those wigs to try on, I’d head to the closet immediately. Instead, I’m going to go brush my teeth and think about this again tomorrow.

    Maybe by then I won’t bust out laughing every time I think of you with dark frosted curly short hair!

    And there’s a whole week of this??
    HURRAY!!!!

    • Marti says:

      PS: Maybe you could give us a heads’ up on how you’ve divvied up the excitement for the week? As in what are the five areas you’re assigning?

      I just don’t want to get ahead of myself on the excitement level here. I have to pace myself for thrills relative to cleaning…

      • Karen says:

        Well that would take all the fun out of it. If I let you know one of the days was organizing your wig drawer, that would take all the fun out of it. ~ karen!

  3. SK Farm Girl says:

    K – just burst out laughing and woke up the dogs ‘n my fella! That last photo cracked me up; now I have to go try on clean underwear! LOL!!! Bahahahahahaha!

  4. Patricia Gibson says:

    Well if I had closets this would motivate me to clean them. No, I don’t live in a dream house (no closets, dirty dishes, clutter, dirty laundry, and where every pencil is the same length and perfectly sharpened – my definition of a dream house. My mother wanted a house that you could clean the interior by spraying everything down with a hose. I’m beginning to see her wisdom.) Anyway my husband and I have large wardrobes so they stay fairly well pared down. But I have clothes stacked and folded that just defy going into a drawer or need to be on a shelf. My beloved, the museum director, believes in compact storage. We live in a huge Victorian with a huge attic. Do you think items that should be put away for storage should be on top of bookcases, kitchen cabinets, tall pieces? No! They go to the attic. Let me rephrase that. They SHOULD go to the attic. But they don’t. I guess my response is to stack stuff at my level. Hmmm. I think I’ve discovered the crux of the matter.
    Oh dear. I’ve written an essay. What were you talking about? Cleaning closets? Yes you were. I may have just cleaned my mental closets, so thanks for that.

  5. Agnes says:

    Old t-shirts are great to turn into t-shirt yarn! So long as they’re a solid colour http://www.relevedesign.com/how-to-cut-continuous-t-shirt-yarn/

  6. sky says:

    Thanks for the lol

  7. Stephanie Hobson says:

    I read this somewhere recently about helping to purge your clothes. Turn all of the hangers around backwards, and as you wear something hang it back up properly. Then you can easily see at the end of that season what you did and did not wear.

  8. Karen says:

    Better keep the black wig in case you ever are hired as a spy.

  9. Amie Mason says:

    Oh Yes! I’m ahead – I did this a week ago! I go through my closet every 6 months…. although I still need to put the items I don’t want up on ebay…. so maybe I’m not that ahead!

    Also, you are a little weird Karen. I noticed you place your shoes on your shelf with the heal facing out….

    • kathryn says:

      umm, for most of us, they then get pulled off the shelf the same way that we are going to put them on… no? (trying to remember a vaguely recalled push-me pull-you type cartoon character whose feet are the “wrong” way around. but mind keeps returning to Eugene Levy’s Best In Show character who has two left feet.) Amie, maybe you have so many pairs you can’t recognise them from behind and want to save yourself the embarrassment of slipping your toes somewhere unintentional? “so sorry! i thought you were a different red patent ballet pump…!” heheh.
      x

  10. Tigersmom says:

    Taking over the fella’s old closet may have been one of the first things I would have done. Reclaiming my turf. But I am just bitchy that way.

    I love that you added the fourth category of reuse/recycle. I always used the first three, but the last time I organized my closet I realized that I was maybe getting rid of some things that I could put to good/alternate use. I turned the sleeves of three sweaters into boot cuffs for when I tuck in my jeans.

    And thank you, thank you, thank you for the wig selfies. Please don’t get rid of those. That short and curly one nearly had me waking up the whole house.

  11. Helana says:

    My two cents?

    One more thing to think about is whether it matches anything else you’ve got. Ideally separates should mix and match. (Yes, it’s a grand shirt. Yes, it’s neon pink and green, but it really fits well, looks amazing on you, and you just know it’ll be perfect for … well, it’ll be perfect for something, someday. That Q&A about your book, maybe. Hey, it could happen. You’ve got chapter one written. And half of chapter ten.)

    But if you’ve been hanging on to it for the past five years hoping you’ll find something, anything to wear with it, if you’re keeping three skirts and two pairs of pants that kinda work with it, well, it may be time to donate it and let someone else have the joy of trying to match the silly thing.)

    • Pam'a says:

      You reminded me of the Skirt That Nothing (and I mean NOTHING) Goes With. It was magenta-and-cream print fabric, and I’m convinced no other piece of fabric on the planet matched that cream shade. God knows I tried. So it festered, untouched, in the depths of my closet for oh, a decade or so. By then I truly despised it, and it was a distinct pleasure to banish it.

  12. magali says:

    I am halfway there with my spare bedroom closet, which contains the craft and building supplies. Thanks to this post I have the motivation to finish the other half! Everything is out of the closet and on the spare bed and I bought a cube bookshelf this weekend (thank you Martha Stewart, as there is no Ikea where I live) that is built and ready to go. Now I must sort and put in all back!

  13. Heather says:

    Oh good grief! You expect me to clean and organize my closet all in an evening? I need an entire day to do it properly, if not a weekend!

    And we have to try everything on?? Girl, it’s January!! As in “post holiday”, “yoga pant-wearing” month. And you expect me to try on all my jeans??!!

  14. Zoe says:

    If you didn’t have a walk in closet to store your out of season clothing what would be your preferred method of storing it – vacuum bags or storage bins or………..*insert amazing solution here*

    • Karen says:

      Tupperware bins in a fairly easy to find location. I’ve also put sweaters and jackets in my vintage luggage I use as decoration in the house. That way they aren’t just wasting space. You could put out of season clothing in your regular luggage if you own some too. ~ karen!

    • Adrienne in Atlanta says:

      The vacuum bags are amazing. I highly recommend them!

  15. I could just see you blasting…”Walk This Way” by Aerosmith as you modeled those wigs…

  16. Mary Werner says:

    The thought of a clean closet makes me feel so good, the idea of finding clothes lets me dream of going somewhere to where them, the neatness makes me all warm and fuzzy, but the last picture? I FEEL WONDERFUL after laughing at that one. Can’t wait to see how good I feel tomorrow at the thought of a clean closet.

  17. Meg says:

    Love this! I go through my closet in the spring and fall because I also put away summer/winter clothes then as well. I’ve been using the “put everything back with the hanger backwards” tip and it works. The next time I’m cleaning the closet and something is still in there with the hanger backwards means I haven’t worn it in at least 6 months, so likely time to toss.

  18. Sandy says:

    The last wig pic made me laugh!! You are so full of personality.

  19. jainegayer says:

    Maybe I’ll tackle the closet tomorrow when it’s raining. It’s getting to 54 degrees today and I want to ride my fat mare. But I promise I will get to it the day after tomorrow. Promise. Next week for sure.

  20. marilyn says:

    bahahahahaha that wig!

  21. Susan S says:

    When I do the big closet reorganization which doesn’t happen often, I hang the organized clothes back up with the hangar turned around. When I take clothes out to wear I re-hang them the regular way. When it’s time to decide what to keep or not, I can then see which clothes I’ve never worn in a year. That helps make the decision to get rid of them a wee bit easier. Also, my closet was pretty dark so I took the light cover off to brighten it up. Makes it a whole lot easier to see stuff.

  22. karen says:

    uh-oh…speaking of upcycled t-shirts, in which pile did that el mismo sol dress end up?? I see it in the “before” photo!

  23. Julie says:

    In US towns you’ll frequently see boxes marked, “Clothes and Shoes” in grocery parking lots. These are a great option instead of throwing out your clothes! Most people think, “I don’t want to give my crappy clothes away. They aren’t even good enough for Goodwill.” BUT these bins are for recycling clothes so it doesn’t matter how funky they are! And it keeps stuff out of the landfill!

  24. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Thanks for the great laugh…love you in those wigs! Looking forward to the rest of the story…

  25. Sally A. says:

    What a great winter-time project! I still have failed halloween costume ideas strewn about the floor in my closet (one of my cats has made a bed out of one of my tulle petticoats…he has no respect for my things.) Thank you for the inspiration!

  26. Deb J says:

    Like that tidy closet! And those shorty boots at the front in the first shot – yum! One tip I have for keeping my closets under control is to go through about twice a year (spring & fall usually) but not to call it ‘organizing’. I call it ‘playing in my closet’ and use the time to create new outfits out of the stuff I have in there. Stuff that doesn’t work in any outfits either leaves or gets put on a ‘what do I need to make it work’ list. And I keep a box in my front door closet (the one nobody, not even guests use – they throw their coats on the chair) and I add to it whenever I come across something that should be someone else’s treasure. Things still get out of control but ….

  27. mia pratt says:

    Thanks for the reminder, I needed to face a closet-cleaning and you gave me just the nudge I needed, Karen. Four times a year is my general rule, unless it gets too cold or I have too much company or I gain or lose weight and my pants are too big or too small. Luckily for me, now I can combine the post-Christmas and before-spring reorg into one day. I like to put a marathon of a favorite TV show on the telly, since I don’t get to watch much telly here, and let it ride while I conquer and divide… Thanks for a great and inspiring post…

  28. AngieC says:

    I was thinking on Friday I should clean my closet out but I got sidetracked by my disaster of an office/library. Glad I waited, now I can organize along with the rest of the class.

  29. kelliblue says:

    OMG. You would be totally incognito on those wigs! But um…no. Just NO. (esp. the second one – hello Maude!) So I’m thinkin you forgot one very important bullet point on your first list, what with the fella taking off and having to (re)move his stuff and all:

    Identify what to do with each item.
    Keep
    Garbage
    Donate
    Reuse/recycle
    BURN.

    Just sayin.

  30. Cheryl says:

    Great post! I’ve began my house organizing a couple of weeks ago. Started with my food pantry, refrigerator, freezer, drawers and cabinets in the kitchen. Then made a list of all the meals I could make with what I had on hand (about 20!)–so now it’s on to the bedroom. I have one EXCELLENT clothes closet organization tip that I would like to share:

    Once you get all your clothes back in the closet (all the ones you just know you will wear)–then put the hangers on the rod facing backwards. Every time you wear something, after laundering, put it back on the hanger on the rod the correct direction. After a year (mark the date on your calendar) go to your calendar and ruthlessly grab all those hangers that are still backwards and throw all the clothes in a bag and get them out of there immediately. If you haven’t worn something in a year you will never, ever, wear it.

    The first year I did this I eliminated 1/2 of my clothes. Some of them had never been worn and still had tags. Donated all of them. So this week I’m going at it a second time and from the look of the hangers–1/2 more of my clothes will be toast. Then it will be on to the coats!

  31. BGrigg says:

    The “overly attached girlfriend” pic at the end is hilarious!

  32. Jodi T. says:

    My closet looks about like yours… My husband had the flu last week, and I quarantined him in our bedroom for 4 days… He got so stir crazy that he (semi) organized my shoes along the bottom of the closet… I can’t walk in now. LOL… I seriously need to take your advice about throw away, keep, and donate…

    PS. Love the wigs. 🙂

  33. Lynne says:

    Thanks so much for the inspiration Karen…I so need to get 4 kids and 2 adults worth of clothes/footwear in closets/basement cleaned through! I have to ask though…are those black Y3 boots/shoes sitting rightmost on the top of the bottom white shelf unit ? They look so funky…profile picture please?

  34. toekneetoni says:

    well done. I adore that straw satchel on the top shoe shelf.

  35. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I think you kinda look like Betty in that second wig..Oh yeah..the closet..two more cups of coffee and I’ll be ready to rock it..

  36. Leslie says:

    When I’m reorganizing a closet I like to use good, sturdy, matching hangers that slide nicely across the rods and don’t let the clothes slip off. That way all the work I put into it isn’t destroyed the first time I reach in there to grab something.

    No wire hangers EVER!

    • Debbie says:

      Only wire hangers (unless the fabric is more delicate and needs the width of a plastic hanger)! Wire hangers slide beautifully and are perfect for our shirts. I wear mostly natural materials, so nothing slides off. Wire hangers take up less room and don’t easily break when the boys grab them from their closets (they bend back into shape). I love the pants hangers from the dry cleaner that have the sticky cardboard. I threaten the family not to break those (jk). Wooden hangers are good for suits. I’m not fond of the hangers that have fuzz on them as I just know that fuzz will come off on my clothes and stain them. (They won’t do that to anyone else’s clothes, just mine.)

  37. Love this post! All of the comments that followed are funny too and want me to come play at your house. I have my own way to organize. Needs some improvement, but mostly works for me. My closet has a shelf with a hanging bar along the back wall. Dresses to the left (I only have a few. In fact I can count them on one hand!) short sleeve tops fill out the rest. One side wall has five shelves that I use from top to bottom: sweaters, jeans, two rows of shoes. The other side wall has two rows of hanging bars for my long sleeve tops and jackets. And yes, you guessed it – everything is grouped by color. Sad, isn’t it? It’s hard to be ocd in today’s world! But there is hope. The closet floor is horrible and proves I have no good aim!
    Oh, BTW, I never thought about turning my shoes out toe first instead of heel first. Great tip!

  38. Barbie says:

    I’ve never done the “seasonal” closet thingy…..you got me thinking now….and that can be scary!

  39. Barbie says:

    OH! and those WIGS! HAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

  40. Did I spy a VCR in your before closet photo?

  41. I see someone else with an old house beat me to the “no closet” joke. My reluctance to organize my clothes is a concern as to where my poor cats will sleep if I actually get the clothes out of the Ikea bags, and laundry baskets in which clothes often reside. I’m trying to turn the basement into a huge walk in closet with rolling racks of shoes and clothes, but I have to clean the basement first… ;/

    • Karen says:

      Well the nice little rack with shelves on the bottom you see in the before picture is on my front porch and up for grabs right now if you want to start your basement now! ~ karen

  42. Wendy says:

    I don’t want to toot my own horn . . . but I am already really good at closet organizing. I purge every other season. I get rid of things that are pilled, pulled, annoying or depress me. I never regret, and I always figure it costs more emotionally to hold on to something than it does to keep it because I spent a lot on it. We all make clothing purchase mistakes . . . do we have to keep them too!?

    The rest of my house is pretty crazy. Too many toys. Too much weird stuff in my basement.

    I am very good with my things . . . not so good with my husband’s or my kids’.

  43. Erika says:

    I just picked up one of those hanging shoe organizers (you know, the one with 24 pockets) and hung it on the inside of my closet door. I put my scarfs each in a pocket, and then did the same with my tights (separated by color), ped socks, knee-highs (yes, apparently I am an 80 year old woman), etc. each in their own pockets. Much better than jammed into my sock and underwear drawers!

  44. Noelle says:

    On my way! Packing stuff for value village as I type ( sort of) so i’ll do that and come grab it. Thx!

  45. Thank you for showing the before picture. I didn’t know other people lived like I do. It gives me hope.

  46. jamie says:

    Oh yay! I adore an organized closet…for fun I went to to my sister’s and organized 2 of hers a couple weeks ago. My closet, my purse and my silverware drawer are my tidy organized spots. The rest of my world is a mess. I can’t wait for the rest of the posts. 🙂

  47. Pati Gulat says:

    Karen, would you believe that before I read READ this, I cleaned my closet out today ???? You and I are so in tune !! Wanna go out for coffee ?? Since I live in LA….I’ll make it easy on ya & meet cha halfway…I’ll be the one sitting on the side of I-95, waving ! Lol

  48. jenny says:

    When storing shoes on shelves, you can get more room by turning one shoe the opposite direction (like they would be in the box) instead of having both shoes facing the same direction.

  49. Jamieson says:

    The lighter wig somehow makes you look like Nurse Jackie! The world does not need to find out how many wigs are in my tickle trunks. Every house should have at least one wig per guest!

  50. Denna says:

    I saw two empty spots on your shoe racks, that means shoe shopping

  51. Melody says:

    Well, here’s what I did. We have a 3-bedroom house and only really use 1 (one is for guests, theoretically). I took the one we had been using as a ‘junk room’ and made it into a closet. I should note that we have an older house and only a couple of dinky reach in closets otherwise. I spent a week at it, but I got rid of 10 (TEN) bags of clothes and organized everything. One year later, it still is working great. Bonus – I can see everything and now put together combinations I hadn’t tried before. Having enough space for everything really changed my ability to keep it neat and tidy.

  52. Maryanne says:

    Great tips Karen!!!
    My favorite tip is using pool noodles as inserts in your boots. Cut to fit.
    Dollar store finds in the summer.

  53. Kristin says:

    I heard a good tip (may be redundant–you have too many damn readers who comment and I can’t read them all!)

    After you organize your closet to your satisfaction, hang all your clothes back up with the hangers facing to the front. Over the course of the year, every time you wear something, put it back in the closet facing back again. At the end of the year, you will see which clothes you actually wore (the ones with hangers facing the usual way, towards the back), and can then decide to get rid of the things you never wear. Of foolishly hang on to them for sentimental reasons.

  54. Laura Bee says:

    So, now I know what I am doing on my day off tomorrow. Ack. Awesome.

    Thanks for the laugh & the inspiration & guidance through this journey I am about to embark on.

  55. Jennifer says:

    Well I guess I’m just anal. I have taken photos of my shoes and taped them to the end of the shoe boxes. I don’t forget what I have because they’re right in front of me, on the shelves below my sweaters. Since I keep good shoes and boots for many years, the boxes prevent the leather from drying out. To add insult to injury, I also stuff the toes with tissue and use paper to separate the shoes inside the box. It cuts down on scuffs. Sorry, you had to know there’s one of us in every crowd. Love your wigs:-))

  56. Debbie says:

    I, too, confess to being a closet neatnik (yup, you can take that two ways).
    I wear hats and every hat is in a hat box on the top shelf , two boxes high(yeah, the closet is a nice size). I have one of those small stepstools that fold right up when you pick up the handle to reach them and it stores away with a slim footprint. There is a photo of every hat on the front of the box. Just in case I want to switch boxes, each photo is in a plastic sleeve that is velcroed to each box. I can switch photos or switch plastic sleeves.

  57. Carolyn says:

    I love the black wig on you, the second one. You look like Betty. Scarey…. I noticed your favorite color is blue.
    And I love all the ideas of what to do with old clothes. thank you…
    You need to go shopping…. You are so pretty. Get something sexy, or fresh. It will make you feel good.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! People HAVE to stop saying that second picture looks like Betty! It looks nothing like Betty! She’d be mortified. Betty wouldn’t be caught dead looking like that, lol! Oh! And thank you. Off to buy something new soon. ~ karen!

  58. Katie says:

    So good! Six hours later and I have been through three closets and two dressers! Excited about the rest of the week!

  59. This is too ambitious for me today. (dentist appointment) In fact I think I will do this next week as I have to leave for a few days to dog-sit. (this is not an excuse…honest)

  60. NikiDee says:

    I was bemusedly reading then…….YIKES! I thought for a second that you dyed your hair black. But on a second look I thought WOW that’s an amazing look for you. Your eyes POP! (in a good way). Glad it’s a wig but you sure can pull it off. I do keep my shoes in boxed (nothing comes between me and a change of shoes. Most of my shoes are boots (hiking, snow, knee length) and the boxes make it simple for me to choose from. I am fortunate to also have a hall closet to stack them in and stand in front of my boot booty – so to speak – and just sigh 😉 Thanks for the wonderful series. Off to clean my closet or maybe just stare at my booty.

  61. Sera says:

    Karen, it’s as if you’re reading my mind. But of course, I’m already late. It’s Tuesday and I’m just now reading the assignment for Monday. I did a huge reorganize in April, but I needed to get a standing clothes rack for some extra stuff. (Seasonal coats, wedding dress, etc.) and I never ended up doing it. I didn’t want to spend the money. So yes, my wedding dress is draped in a lump in my back closet area. I have extra storage carved into the eaves of our roof off the closet. It’s weird and pointy storage and mostly contains boxes of books, fabric, yarn, and artwork to be rotated into the general collection. It needs reorganizing, but I’m not sure I want to bury myself in my closet all afternoon again. I feel like I need to tackle some easily seeable projects that I can continue to look on in pride. But I concede, as long as you give me until the weekend, I promise to tackle the closet again. Do you want before and after pics again?

  62. elaine says:

    Instead of tossing any clothes that are too ragged to donate, give them to a pet shelter to use as animal bedding. or drop them at any H&M. http://about.hm.com/en/About/Sustainability/Commitments/Reduce-Reuse-Recycle/Garment-Collecting.html

  63. Amanda says:

    I have a platinum blonde bob wig and an electric blue wig. No one would ever guess. And I lurve your shoes. You really are a fashionista! I’m waiting for a fashion post….

    • Karen says:

      Hah! It’s coming. Although I”m not sure how to tackle it. I’m not one of those “this is what I”m wearing today” kind of bloggers. 🙂 ~ karen!

  64. viveka says:

    I would love to have you coming over .. and organizing my closet, even if it’s that bad …
    Love reuse of the clothing items – brilliant idea.

  65. Regina says:

    Years ago while cleaning out my closet I found my tiara from being a beef queen. So I put it on my head whilst wearing mismatched pj’s and robe. It was such a hysterical combination that my bestie had to come over and see what I had on. Now everytime I clean out my closet I wear my tiara. I’m bizarre that way… 🙂

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