This year is detox year. Not for me. It’s detox time for the house!
My Mom, sister, and I decided that we were going declutter the entire house. As you can see, it’s big. The decluttering will probably take a year. At least.
Thankfully, we started our big project a couple months ago and we’ve donated bags and bags of items to Salvation Army. We’ve thrown out tons of stuff. We have organized and sorted, and yet, we still feel we have lots to do!
We’re tidy people. We don’t like messes or clutter, but somehow…in a house as big as ours, things get stowed away in corners and you forget about it. My Grandparents stored their things here when they downsized their place. Things get old and not used. Suddenly, you realize how much stuff you really do have!
More stuff = more stress.
I HATE extra things. I hate clutter. If you don’t use it in such and such a time, it has to go. That’s my philosophy. Then I got to my closet. Wow. I didn’t realize.
I realize it’s not perfect. I still need to get rid of some extra clothes. I would like to get pretty baskets for the top shelf…maybe figure out a better system…but I think it’s a lot better!
I also like to organize my clothes in a rainbow style. Whites to greys – greys to browns – browns to orange – oranges to yellows…and so on. It keeps me feeling organized anyway and helps me put together outfits.
My shelves were horrendous. If any of you have a brilliant idea for my shelves, please let me know…it gets messy so quickly!
Thankfully, after sorting through more clothes and donating, I had a tad more room. A tad. If I get any new clothes, I try to get rid of one item in my closet at the same time. I store sleeveless tops on the top shelf, workout wear on the second, and tee-shirts on the third.
I even went through my jewelry collection. I gave away a lot of it and just kept the stuff I liked.
I store it in a craft organization box according to colour. It’s easy to find what matches what that way.
My challenge to you is to organize your closet this month…maybe donate some clothes you never wear…buy a shoe rack…organize your jewelry.
If you’re really serious about decluttering your life, you might want to try a serious challenge! I found this calendar (pdf format) on My Simpler Life and it gives you a small, doable challenge every day of the year (except Sunday) to declutter the house! It’s amaaazing! One of the recent projects it “told” us to do was to organize our spice drawer and throw away the old ones. So it’s little projects like that, throughout the whole year, that add up to a big difference! You totally need to check it out (or you can buy a pretty calendar for it here!)
P.S. I will be having a little mini-series on organizing in the next month or two…the next one focuses on the fridge! Let me know if you have any great ideas for that one…and I’ll include your thoughts in that post!
How do you organize your closet? Do you have any decluttering projects on the go?
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