Closet Porn

by Kim on January 22, 2013

Hey guys! It’s week 2 of the Salute to Simple challenge, and I’m here to work on getting myself us motivated to attack some closets!

Which closet are you targeting? I’ve been eyeing up our linen closet, and will probably also give our pantry a good makeover while I’m at it (that one shouldn’t be as big of a project, and it’s one that needs to be done more regularly so it’s just due for a cleaning anyway).

First, some inspiration.

Aka “closet porn.”

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*Ahhhhh*

The way I see it, there are two approaches to closet cleaning: organizational and minimalist. Is your goal mostly to clean and organize, or do you want to weed out anything you aren’t using enough to justify keeping it around? Probably some combination of the two, but what exactly IS the balance you’re going for?

Then, are you going to go all Martha Stewart and coordinate your spice jars, strategically distribute perfect piles of things on shelves, and leave exactly 2 inches of space between every clothes hanger? Or do you just want to clean up that year-old molasses spill on the pantry shelf, way in the back? (By the way, molasses is possibly The Worst Thing you can ever spill. Speaking from experience.)

My plan is:

–Take EVERYTHING out. Seems obvious, but I usually try to cheat on this step. Not this time. Once I have everything out and I see how massive and pristine the empty closet looks, I’m hoping it’ll be much more difficult to blindly cram all the same crap back in.

–Scrub. CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!

–Toss. If we have not touched it since, say, our wedding (over 3 years ago), it’s gone. This time, I’m only sending things to Goodwill, the food pantry, or the trash, since I’m a little burnt out on eBay/Craigs after last week (and old cans of soup don’t sell as well on there). If something is “still in perfectly good shape!” well, the person who buys it from Goodwill will appreciate that.

–Categorize what’s left. Group items together outside the closet, and then pick a spot for them in the closet based on how much there is.

–Put it back in. I don’t get too crazy about how everything looks in closets, as long as there isn’t too much in there and I can find things. Don’t you love doors?

Nothing revolutionary there, but it’s nice to break it into steps so you feel like you’re making progress as you go.

Now, another quick closet porn break:

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Haha, right?? You could tell your kids it’s a playhouse and watch them voluntarily shut themselves in there. (Trust me, kids love empty closets. When I was a kid and we moved into a new house, I remember sleeping in the closet the first night just because I thought it looked cool in there.)

Now, if you’re actually looking for revolutionary organizational ideas, here are some places to start…

org ideas Yes, I just wanted to mess around with the new Valentine’s Day stuff on PicMonkey.
What do you think? Too much??? haha.

Young House Love

(First of all, I freaking love this blog. I wish I had 2% of their DIY talent and house-reno motivation.)

Check out this amazingly inspirational tour of the official YHL bedroom closet. They’ve also written a bunch of other posts with general organization tips, and this one about how Sherry keeps her wardrobe under control (and affordable).

One of my favorite closet tips (from the wardrobe post) is this:

“Don’t water down your wardrobe. I like to look at it as an “overall closet average.” Say I have ten outfits I love love love in my closet. I’d call them all favorites and on a scale of 1-10 I’d score them all a ten. That makes my overall closet average a ten. Then say that I see a sweater I kind of like (let’s say I’d give it a seven). And it’s on sale, so it’s tempting. The way I completely resist grabbing that sweater – which I’m guaranteed to like less than everything else in my closet – is to think of my closet average. Right now my overall closet average is a ten. If I get that sweater and it’s a seven, it’ll bring my entire closet average down, and I can just picture myself choosing other things on my hanging bar over and over again since it wasn’t something that I love love loved from the start.”

Aspiring Minimalist

“I have a Rubbermaid box that I keep next to my closet  (let’s call it the Toss Box). I would toss an item in there every so often, if it fell into the above categories.  Then wait a few months to check if the item was missed. Usually it’s not, and life moves on. I am going to go an ‘inventory’ of my closet every month to see if any items can be added to the ‘toss box.’”

Becoming Minimalist

1. Wear fewer colors. (This blew my mind. If I’m being honest with myself, I pretty much always wear about 4 colors. Why force myself to branch out if the clothes never get worn??)

2. Embrace the idea of one. (One black dress, one black cardigan. If I later find one that’s better, it should replace the old one.)

3. Avoid the sales racks. (I know, WHAT? But the idea is that they can inspire us to buy things we otherwise might not.)

 

What’s an organizational tip you live by?

 

P.S. Do yourself a favor and read this: 50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World. I know you’ve seen things like this, but you haven’t seen THIS ONE. I mean, numbers 10, 11, 15, and 27 WHAAAT????

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