I finally tackled cleaning out my closet. Ivan, his brother and Ethan went to a local professional soccer game last night (they were playing against a Mexican team!), and I stayed home with Asher. He had swim practice (carpool- so I didn’t have to drive), so I decided to seize the moment of an empty house.
My closet is probably #1 on the list of “Things I Don’t Like About my House”.
I like (LOVE) many, many things about my house. But it’s an older house, and sprawling master suites with ginormous walk in closets weren’t really “a thing” back then. (Or maybe they were, for higher price points. I don’t know. But I feel like this is a more recent development.)
This is basically what I have to work with:
(The cleared out space is all mine. Plus the floor, plus the basket which was overflowing with shoes and sandals.) The messy bottom two shelves are Ivan’s….
Anyway, this is not a lot of space. I have a decent amount of drawer space in dressers, which helps. But it’s not awesome.
I decided to just pull it ALL out. My clothes were just a mess. (Things double hung, everything out of order, etc.)
I am not sure how everything in Photo B fit inside Photo A, but, it did.
Here are my tips (haha…I’m not actually qualified to give out closet organizing tips) for living with a smaller closet:
1- SEASON rotate.
Living in Wisconsin, this is definitely something I think many people do. In summer, pull out the big heavy cardigans, sweaters, etc. They get stored in bins in the basement until fall. Then in the fall, I yank out the shorts, tanks and sandals to make room for the winter stuff.
2. Store dress clothes elsewhere. (Works for me since I don’t dress up daily…).
I rarely wear my dresses or other dressy clothes, so I have these hanging in a closet in the basement (and a few items hiding in the back of Ethan’s closet. 13 year old boys don’t need a full closet of hanging space.) Dressy shoes are also in a bin downstairs. It’s a mild inconvenience to have to go to another room to get these items, but I just don’t wear them that often.
3. Under the bed box!
I use an under the bed box to store items that I want access to, but don’t need often. (Example- Swim team shirts. I only wear these to swim meets maybe 1-2x/ month, if that, so I don’t really need them taking up prime real estate every day.)
4. Weed clothes out
This one is more of wishful thinking, for me. I am terrible about weeding out clothes. I am indecisive by nature, and constantly play the “Well, what if someday I NEED this random grey sweater that I never actually wear….” game.
I also have a bazillion pair of jeans, even though I wear like, 2 of them. I have way too many items in there that I don’t love– and they definitely don’t “spark joy” as Marie Kondo says, but they fit, are in good shape, and are functional. And might be cute/ desirable in the right moments. These are the things I have the hardest time parting with. 😩 I’m hopeless.
5. Don’t shop too much! Be choosy about what goes IN the closet.
I’m not a big shopper at all. I really don’t enjoy shopping. (I like having new things, but I don’t like actually doing the shopping….so I generally just…. don’t. If beautiful new items (that fit me perfectly) could somehow just magically appear in my closet, that’d be fantastic.)
I bet like 80%+ of the things in my closet are at least several years old, if not WAY older. Most things I have have held up well over time- even basic items like my Loft or Eddie Bauer tank tops.
That being said, I would like to update/ upgrade some items. Not because I don’t have things to wear, technically, but I’m just getting really sick of some things! I’m hoping to make sure to remove old items when I bring in new ones.
(Ex. When I finally buy myself the Lululemon leggings I want to try, I will (hopefully) remove one of my old pairs!)
Here’s how it ended up:
I have a mild obsession, apparently, with items that either zip or have a hood. 🙂 There are WAY too many workout gear/hoodie sweatshirts in there, but this is a category that I’m actually itching to upgrade!! I live in these in the winter (and even in the summer air conditioning, really) and I’m just sick of so many of mine. I left them, for now, though.
And in other news…..the BUCKS are NBA Champs!!! Woo!!! This was exciting!
I am grateful for a fun Bucks win! I’ve lived in Wisconsin all my life, and this is the first time the Bucks have really done anything too noteworthy. 🙂