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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Everything to Wear Cleanse: Clothing Count

So I have finally gotten around to counting all my clothes. Not that I was overly busy but I know I have a lot and just didn’t want to do it. Pure laziness. I know…..

So I went through literally everything, even my clothes that need to be washed. Sorted, made a donation pile of stuff that I know I never wear, a toss pile for things that are beyond wear but have no idea why I still have them, refolded, and reorganized everything. I ended up having to just toss a lot more than I am able to donate, which is unfortunate but I hate when I go to the thrift/donation store and see kids old camp t-shirts and trash like that. I mean, come on I get beggars can’t be choosers (which is a terrible way to look at things like this) but no one truly wants to wear that. So I just don’t even bother. I’m going to research the best way to get rid of clothing items that are beyond wear because I don’t want to hurt the pretty CA land if there is a better way!

Moving on; here are the final totals:

Coats: 4

Dresses: 30

Bottoms (including jeans and athletic pants/leggings): 26

Tops (knits, tanks, blouses): 42

Sweaters (pull overs, hoodies, cardigans): 40

Skirts: 11

Shoes: 34

Mmmhmm….without shame too. I didn’t add in the clothes I wear to hike/actually workout in because I don’t wear them for any other reason except that so they don’t really count. T-shirts also, I never wear just a t-shirt, only to sleep in and pajamas weren’t making this list. That would just be silly. Now after seeing these numbers I definitely do not need to be shopping. Honestly though, I do wear all of these things! I was good with this and didn’t do the usual “well, I maybe can wear this to this…” Nope, if I couldn’t think of the last time I wore it (within a reasonable time frame) I tossed or donated it. I haven’t gone through my accessories (bags, hats, scarves, etc.) yet but I know I have a lot more to add to my donation pile from there. It’s rather liberating to get rid of stuff and free up some space!

Seeing these numbers also makes me realize that I have tons of options I just need to do a better job of putting my things together into outfits. Along with reorganizing I found that I have tons of tights, socks, and other fun things to add to my outfits to make them seem less drab. I’ve also created a lot more closet space. I freed up a whole drawer, a little rail in my closet (which is in a stupid spot and I’m going to keep clear to make it look less packed), a couple little shelves, and a bin (ya know those fabric ones). I have an insanely small (like not a joke, it’s unreal) closet so it was nice to be able to have some more room so everything isn’t all cramped in there!

xoxoxo Megan

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