I have been blessed with a large, walk-in bedroom closet. But I have not been utilizing the space in the manner that I should.
So I am embarking on a project to organize it and breathe some life into it.
To gain access to my bedroom closet, you have to walk through my bathroom. This has pros and cons. I like the privacy of that feature when getting ready for the day or winding down at night. But it also prevents whomever is not using the area from being able to get to what they need in the closet.
Anywho, let’s get started…
Preparing for Battle
My bedroom closet has carpet. Something that I would love to replace with tile or hardwood floors in the future. Why? It breeds dust. Our foot traffic doesn’t help matters and a closet is just not a good place for dust. Therefore I invested $1.00 to purchase a pack of face masks from Dollar Tree. Otherwise I am in allergy hell. The masks also come in handy when I am cleaning the ceiling fans and other heavy dust areas in other parts of the house.
Actions To Take
For this project, I am designating specific actions for clearing away the clutter first. I can be a
hoarder, packrat, collector of way too much information at times.
Donate: I utilize Pick Up Please also known as Vietnam Veterans of America to donate items. I can schedule a pick-up online and place the items (clothes, toys, small appliances, etc.) outside my front door. No need to be home when they arrive. They will leave a receipt for you. Check to see if they are in your area. For this project, I am donating the clothes in my closet that no longer fit and those that I have not worn in 2 years or more. I place those directly into the VVA bag that I receive every time I donate to them.
Shred or Trash: Joan Crawford had the right idea. Not beating her kids, but getting rid of those awful wire hangers. I would have nothing but cedar wood hangers in my closet if I could. SOMEDAY! For now, I have a few wooden hangers and some sturdy, all-plastic ones. I started tossing all of the wire hangers. (Hubby brings them home by the dozen after a trip to the cleaners.)
Believe it or not, I absolutely love purging items. I grab a trash bag and start filling it with paper and clutter in the closet that is not suitable for donating. Old financial and confidential documents no longer needed are put in a box for shredding later.
Transfer: Any items that should not be in the closet are moved to another room for sorting. I am designating the closet as an area for clothing, shoes, handbags, and related accessories. All transferred items will be organized according to my Getting Things Done method. You can read about that here.
This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will feature before and after pictures as I master my master bedroom closet.
What methods do you use to organize your closets?
Do you donate clothing or other items to charitable organizations?
Do you think shredding confidential docs is important? Or unnecessary?