Cleaning: Closet

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I moved in my new house in June. I was also working nearly 60 hours a week and I have a lot of junk so moving it alone was a bit rough. Which meant there was a lot of stuff just kind of tossed where ever there was still room and my closet got the brunt of that hit. Just take a little peak:

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I’m low key embarrassed by the state of it but it’s honestly what it looks like. I had both weekend days off and I decided it was finally time to tackle it. First thing to happen; the clothes. Now I love clothes. My life revolves around clothes. I went to school for clothes. I. LOVE. CLOTHES. But my style has recently be changing and even though I did a huge purge a while ago I didn’t get rid of as much as I should have. And, even though I said I wasn’t going to shop for a year that clearly didn’t happen. Sorry bout it.

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I’m the queen of keeping things because I “might” need it. Girl, you know you never actually need it. And, a lot of my stuff I honestly just don’t wear. I never will and I know I never will. Time to let go. I started by going through every hanger and little fabric cube and got rid of everything that I know I won’t wear and haven’t worn (some things, and I’m ashamed to say, I have never worn) in a while. I did one little thing different though; if there was a clothing piece that I at one point loved but it has just been worn out – I added it to my “recreate” pile so I can take it apart and use it as a pattern to make a new version. I did go to school for fashion design, how about we use those skills, huh?

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Next on the list; shoes. I love shoes even more than I love clothes. I do honestly wear all my shoes but there are some that are to the point of not wearing anymore. I hate just throwing them away because I know it’s not good for the environment so I’m going to do some research on how to properly dispose of shoes.

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My mom had sent me this shoe caddie thing awhile ago and it works great for storing a lot of my shoes off the floor and in a kept area. I highly recommend one if you have limited closet space – the only downside is that it’s kind of tall and my clothes tend to get hooked on it. But honestly, not that critical!

Fabric bins are another thing that really help when you don’t have a dresser. I tend to keep my pajamas, workout clothes, shorts, and other things that don’t need to be hung up in them. It keeps everything contained and separated while still looking nice.

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I don’t have very much storage in my room unfortunately. Which means everything goes in the closet. This is why I love the shelves above the hangers. I use that for all my Rubbermaid tubs that house all my sewing stuff, accessories, and anything else that I need but doesn’t necessarily have a to be out all the time. Adding shelving in a closet doesn’t need to be expensive at all and can be done relatively quickly. When the room outside the closet doesn’t have much by way of real-estate it’s important to max it out behind the closed doors.

This long, box, fabric, thing (what is this actually called?) I had gotten from Target, a long time ago but I’m sure they still sell something very similar, is amazing! It’s great for store undergarments, tights, socks, and all the other little things that you just quickly need to grab. It’s nice also for if you don’t have a dresser – which I don’t – but it still keeps all those necessary things at a quick grab.

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The final bit was just overall organization of the closet. This one is actually much larger than the one that I was working with in the previous house, thankfully! I love having the shelves above the hangers and the amount of hanging room is quite nice. The floor space is also great! And, finally after about 3 hours, a lot of sweating (it’s hot in southern CA!), and Beyoncé radio via Pandora I finally have a clean closet that I don’t have to quickly slam stuff and pretend isn’t there.

xoxoxox Megan

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Since being on this shopping cleanse – which I have been sticking too, honestly it’s not really that hard, I truly don’t need anything! – I’ve been cleansing some of the other aspects of my life as well. Most notably my fabric stash. Now I’m not diagnosed or anything like that but I am a self proclaimed fabric hoarder. There, I said it. I am. I save even the tiniest bits of scraps. Now this came in handy when I wanted to sell these bows in my Etsy shop but for the most part, I never use them!

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Like….come on. What am I truly going to do with these? But I feel the need to keep them. Probably because fabric is the foundation of what I do and to throw even the tiniest bit away is really tragic. P.S. I watch a lot of Hoarders so I know all the signs and a lot of those people say things like what I just did all the time!

I keep all my fabric in this box. Which is really unsightly and I usually have it covered with a scarf and then some thing set on top of it. Which is another problem. It’s such a hassle to get into that I never actually use what’s in it! I’ve found more black knit fabric that anyone truly needs simply because I would always just buy new yardage instead of checking to see what I had. Stupid of me, I know. But – no longer! I plan on using everything in my box before buying new. The only time I’ll buy new yardage is if what I’m making calls for more and/or it’s a special item.

Okay, that got a bit long winded for just an intro into what this post is actually about! So while going through my fabric stash and getting rid of all those tiny, itty-bitty scraps I found these lovely fabrics that I had purchased a while back and we used as decor for a couple parties we had. Now, they had been outside but I tossed them in the washer/dryer – twice…you never know! – which is standard protocol for new fabric anyway.

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Aren’t they great?! I love the print on all of them and knew I wanted to wear them. And, the fact that they were being recycled instead of just sitting around is great. If we plan more parties and new more fabric we can get some more. But these beauts aren’t available anymore and I’m all about unique stuff! I’ve made two items with the fabrics thus far and have plans for the others as well.

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I found a pattern that I really loved one day while wasting a night in JoAnn’s – so much more satisfying that going clubbing! I don’t tribal4commonly buy commercial patterns because the sizing is always a bit weird but this one I really liked and they were having a sale, plus I knew I would get a ton of use out of. I like basic patterns that I can build off! Similar to the skirt I’m about to talk about this dress used pleats in the front and then gathers on the sides. Much more flattering! I had the most yardage of this yellow printed fabric so I whipped this dress up! I really love it and it’s perfect for summer. I haven’t made the belt yet but I plan on it. I really love the dress as is, but I feel like it’s “missing” something.I think the belt will set it off.

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The second item I made with the fabrics is this skirt. It’s pretty basic – no pattern needed. Just a box pleated skirt with waistband and side zipper! I think I’m going to make a tutorial on this because it’s so easy. A couple cuts, a couple seams, and a zipper. I needed something to wear to an event that wasn’t super dressy but still was funky. I whipped this up in about 3 hours – there was a lot of breaks taken to check on the puppies (read what happened to our baby here) – and was super easy. It’s doubled up so that it isn’t see through or too thing. The weight in the hem helps it to stay down too which is nice. The only thing I wish I had done was interface the waistband because it is a little flimsy and the fabric does get a bit wrinkly. But my mind was wondering a little and at least now I know for next time! I know I definitely want to make another skirt out of the other fabric. I love the fit of this one! I love skirts like this but gathered waistbands aren’t always the best look on my body type but it seems like pleats are! Perhaps I’ll write the tutorial with the next one I make!

xoxoxox Megan

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