Closet Cleanout and Declutter!

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In the words of the Teeny Tot “Oh my goodness!” For those of you who know me by now, you know that I’m so NOT A CLUTTER person.

For those of you who don’t know me…I’m not a clutter person.

Clutter and homeschooling seems to go hand in hand, and apparently girls and clothes clutter also go hand in hand.

Just not my hand.

Because I’m not a clutter person.

So when I walked into my girls room and saw this mess…”OH MY GOODNESS!” Something had to be done. And fast. Like right now.

So the first thing we did was remove anything that didn’t fit anymore. Since there are 3 little girlies in this house the old clothes usually get stored in a Rubbermaid bin for the next lucky girl:

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Then we removed all those pesky shoes that lost their match, along with clothing that was damaged beyond repair and not fit for the next lucky girl.

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Finally, and this is a pet-peeve of mine, we got rid of all those hangers. Those stray-non-matching-hangers. You know the one’s, the kind you get to take home from the store, that don’t match the size of any of the other hangers, that have those “handy tabs” on top that actually rip holes in the clothes when little girls pull them off the hangers. The ones you find all over the floor, half hooked, hanging off, stuck in the laundry. I hate those pesky hangers! It’s okay…just let them go. You’ll thank me.

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Next, we re-folded clothes, grabbed a few canvas closet totes for socks and undergarments, and sorted hanging clothes by t-shirts and dresses (we got all these organizers at Babies R US). And this my clutter-despising friends is the result:

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Be still my heart.

Here it is again, the beast….and the beauty.

 

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Before……………………………………………………….After

 

I applied this same cleanout to the other side of this closet where Tinker Bell lives and voila:

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Before horror……………………………………………After Bliss

There now, isn’t that so much better? Now…no one gets to wear anything but what they’ve got on their bodies. I’m going to put plexi-glass up on the closet so you can look but not touch ;o) I’m kidding. Kind of.

 

Happy Organizing!

28 Comments

  • Michelle August 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Bravo… Bravo… 😉
    Ah it looks refreshing and love the look but don’t touch lol… 😉

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  • Rachel E. August 11, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I’m laughing…okay, smiling. You sound like me. Clutter and homeschooling..messiness. I like the end result. It makes me happy and I don’t even know you. 😉

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  • Eddie August 11, 2011 at 4:17 am

    That looks great! I really need to do this with my own closet. Maybe I’d find some pants I can still do up!

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  • Kristen August 11, 2011 at 4:21 am

    That looks great!!!

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  • Dana August 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I’m a clutter-hater too! We have the exact same hanging items in the closet! But since we keep shoes by the front door, I take all the outfits my 2 year old has and pair them up then I stick one or two outfits in each of the shoe holder spots. Now neither of us have to think about what outfits to wear and hopefully nothing extra gets pulled out. I then give her the choice of two outfits and on we go. The non-selected item goes back in it’s spot and we test it out the next time we need a new outfit. Now if only I could get my husband to understand the system we’ve had in place for 2 years 😉

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  • Catie August 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Oh, the pink hurts my eyes! There is just so much of it. I have two boys. Clothing is not an issue around here, but I fear my day will come. The closets look great!

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    • Jana August 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Catie, I was thinking the same thing! “That’s a LOT of pink!!” I have three boys, and hence, we have dressers for their clothing. I wash, dry, put their clothes in their own laundry basket, and they “stuff.” If it’s church clothes, I iron on Saturday night. Otherwise, I’m okay with a “few” wrinkles. Those closets look great though!!

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  • More Than A Mom August 11, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Definitely motivating me to do my daughter’s closet. We inherited a garbage bag full of clothes from her older cousin and I’ve been dreading sorting it. I guess no time like today though!

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  • Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy August 11, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Erica,

    I know you feel so much better. The areas look great. I need something similar for storing toys in the closet. I despise clutter, but then there is the other side…cleaning. Neither is fun, but I would prefer cleaning then the clutter. I’ve got one room that desperately needs my attention. I’m afraid to go into it because I don’t know where to start. You have given me the motivation. I guess I know what I am doing today.

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  • PrairieJenn August 11, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Just found your blog today as we work to declutter and remodel our century old farmhouse. Thanks for sharing…I might be ready to tackle my girls’ closets now:)

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  • Nicole (Mama to 4 Blessings) August 11, 2011 at 6:50 am

    great job – ready to do mine? 🙂

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