Next on the uncluttered agenda: my clothes and the bathroom. For the clothes, five steps:
- Move off season items to the back of closet
- Eliminate what doesn’t fit and what I don’t wear
- Get other people’s clothes out of my closet (winter coats, old bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, etc.)
- Try to eliminate more: look for duplicates and eliminate
- Turn all hangers backward. As I wear the clothes, hang them up with the hangers turned forward.
Because I know we will revisit our wardrobes later during the uncluttered course, these first steps were a good start for me. The first thing I noticed, and it was a bit funny, was that almost all of the clothes I wear regularly were hung up inside out. I guess they go in the laundry that way, and I don’t bother to fix it until I wear them again. I’m changing that habit now. Next, I noticed that my clothes are mostly pink, purple, blue, green, and black. My burnt orange Texas Parents t-shirt really stands out. Knowing the colors I love will help me when and if I need to replace something.
Taking the steps above resulted in airy, spacious rods of clothing in my closet. I can see everything since it is not packed in so tightly.
My other goal for the closet was to get as much as possible off of the floor. In particular, no shoes on the floor! After eliminating some shoes, I have 19 pairs left. Is that too many? I moved boxes of photos to my now empty wardrobe to make more room on the shelves in my closet, and bought these shelf organizers so I could stack things:
While I decluttering, I thoroughly vacuumed and dusted everything. The end result is clean, light, airy, and organized, especially compared to before.
Happily, after all that work on the closet, the bathroom went pretty quickly. My makeup is already pretty minimal:
The last problem area in my bathroom is the linen closet. I removed some towels, decided one extra set of sheets per bed size is enough, and I donated unopened toiletries to a friend who is collecting for a homeless ministry. One last organizational trick: I got tired of unfolding white sheets to see what size they were, so I put sheet sets in jumbo ziploc bags and labeled them.
Less stuff makes it easy to see what is there!