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Organizing Your Closet Results in Saved Time, Improved Mental Health, and Learning About Yourself.

Updated on December 3, 2014
A well organized space
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What do you have in your bedroom closet?

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First steps :

I decided just to organize the clutter in the bedroom but finally concluded the closet must come first; otherwise, the room itself would become messy again when cleaning the closet.

We have three sliding doors to the closet, two at each end and one in the middle that is not used except during times like this. I started at one end and no one would believe what I found in total.

  • one Gibbs Quilting hoop with stand (in the original box)
  • two banana boxes of bedspreads (thought they would be useful one day)
  • twenty plus year old shoes and their boxes (planned to wear them again)
  • fourteen boxes of miscellaneous stemware, tumblers, and dishes. (just loved them)
  • several games and puzzles (we love games and puzzles too)
  • the last twenty years of income tax records and returns
  • two boxes of cancelled checks
  • one large box of photographs
  • three hat boxes (with hats)
  • one pair of moon boots
  • a 1950 set of vinyl luggage (with keys)
  • a foot locker full of pictures and other odd items
  • a set of vintage kitchen cannisters
  • one mouton fur coat from 1956
  • one wonderful parka (outgrew 25 years ago)
  • three men's suits (also outgrown)
  • two boxes of holiday paper
  • two boxes of holiday bags
  • four pieces of modern luggage (we use these)
  • one box of an unfinished dresser scarf along with the embroidery thread, frame, and needle
  • a banana basket with an unfinished bedspread along with the unused yarn
  • And what clothes that were crammed onto hangers!

One would think, after reading the above list, that we have an enormous closet. We don't! Those items, with the exception of my husband's clothes and a vehicle part???, are all things I wanted to keep!

You are probably wondering about the vehicle part ... we don't have a garage or a basement.

What will I do with these items?

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Finish, or ???
Finish, or ???
eBay or donation
eBay or donation
Keep, eBay, or donate
Keep, eBay, or donate

Where do the items go

For children to choose
Sell on eBay
Put in the trash
Family 'treasures'
Miscellaneous dishes (no one interested in these)
Good items that will not sell
Worn out clothes
Records prior to 2000 for sure
Items they have indicated they would like to have
Miscellaneous glassware (no one interested in these)
Good clothing that will not sell
Broken or cracked dishes
Old documents and letters found in various boxes
Any of their documents and pictures
Cross country skis (no one wears that size now)
Possibly the unfinished bedspread if no one can complete it
Broken or chipped glassware
Other shoes and boots no longer worn (due to foot issues, not worn any longer)
Miscellaneous yarn and thread that will not be used
Unused clothing (i.e.: fur coat, hats, sweaters) (either no one interested or the wrong size)
My Moon Boots :( (small, no one in the family can wear them)
The quilting hoop and stand (no one is interested in quilting at this time anyway)

Conclusions about this project

In the beginning, I planned to reduce clutter but during the process I learned what really needed to be accomplished.

  • clutter did need to be reduced (notice that the sell column is by far the longest)
  • the closet did need to be cleaner
  • organization did need to be improved

But, most of all, we needed to do this so that our children and grandchildren would not have to!



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    • wabash annie profile image

      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Appreciate your comments. I still have another bedroom closet (the room also) to work on soon. Good luck to both of us.

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      This was so relatable that you kept me smiling all the way through, and horrors of horror .... may have just inspired me to tackle the beast that has become my closet :)

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Anna: I do appreciate your comments. You can see that I am a bit of a hoarder but am making every effort to change my ways!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I smiled through your article. Your wardrobe must be much bigger than mine or like a Tardis. I have a cupboard with my hoarded 'treasures'... I should take your advice.

      Voted up useful and interesting.

      Anna :)