I have a large, walk-in closet that is mine – all mine. Most women would be doing backflips with a large closet all to themselves, but it makes me a little sad. That’s because the only reason the closet is mine, all mine is due to my husband’s death two years ago. But it is what it is.
So I decided this weekend that I need to clean out the closet and make it “more my own.” It’s time.
We went through and sorted out all my husband’s stuff shortly after the memorial service. The girls both took things of his that have special meaning to them, and the rest we either boxed up (his Marine Corps stuff) to save or donated (his clothes) to charity. So that left a big hole in the closet. And that hole has been filled over the past two years with stuff. My closet has become a storage room. It’s where the Christmas decorations spend 10 months of the year, where all my husband’s Marine Corps stuff resides, etc.
All that is well and good – we have no basement and no attic, so there is no other storage place in our home – but I need to organize things better, and make sure that there is enough space to keep my clothes organized.
So here we begin – I started sorting through and cleaning out the closet. There has been one trip to Goodwill already, and I feel there will be more in the near future.
Here are a few tips I came across when reading a book about organizing your home, from the chapter on organizing closets:
- At the beginning of the season, take all your clothes on hangers and hang them up with the open side of the hanger facing toward you. (I know this may sound funny, but bear with me.) Then as you wear your clothes throughout the season, hang them back up with open side of the hanger facing toward the wall (the normal way that we usually hang up clothes.) At the end of the season you can see which clothes you have worn and which you haven’t, based on which way the hangers are facing. Then you know which clothes need to find a new home.
- This one is kinda common sense, but here you are anyway; when you take an item off a hanger make sure that you put the hanger on one end of the rod, and all the empty hangers stay together. This way it’s easier to find a hanger when you need one, instead of searching through the clothes that are hanging up for an empty hanger.
- The book gave a hint about storing nylons/pantyhose (do we even call them that anymore?) in a clear plastic shoe holder. Now honestly, how many of us still wear nylons/pantyhose? BUT we all wear socks – and this would be a great way to organize socks. You could find the pair you want without having to paw through a drawer. And it’s a great way to help kids organize their clothes as well – they can see the pair they want, and when they put the socks away they don’t even have to fold them.
Hope this has helped a little. Next week – more culling of unwanted clothes and items from the closet. Stay tuned!
(Here’s how it turned out – Closet Redux Part 2