Simplify! Master Bedroom Closet

Posted by Jennifer on March 10, 2011 – 9:14 pm

Master Bedroom Closet Before

Participating in the first challenge of Project: Simplify! I tackled my master bedroom closet.

The Details:

My husband and I share a walk in closet, about 8’x5’ I’d say. The back half contains boxes that can’t go anywhere else. Sad, but a fact that I accept and work with. For the purpose of this Simplify! project, I simply tackled my half of the closet. I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant so my maternity clothing is hanging up, my regular winter clothing is in the red bin and my regular summer clothing is in the green bin; with whatever didn’t fit in the bins strewn about in other random places. At least that is what was going on before I began to simplify…

Master Closet in Progress

The Progress:

Empty & Clean

First, I completely emptied the area then vacuumed and wiped down.{Sadly, this made my freshly painted, de-cluttered and clean bedroom a temporary disaster!}

What Doesn’t Belong

I quickly went through with a laundry basket and pulled out all the things that don’t really belong in my closet. What do I want in there? Clothing and shoes that fit. Things like my hunting knife, ear plugs, books etc. were picked up and put in the basket. I’ll find their proper homes or create homes for those items.

The Biggest Job First

I knew the trunk  was the biggest job of the closet so  I decided to tackle it first. In it was a lifetime of memories: letters from pen-pals, school friends, boyfriends, yearbooks, photos, airline tickets, postcards and a variety of other things. Remember my Vision and Inspiration for Spring Cleaning? It inspired me to be ruthless. But a tempered ruthless because I want no regrets! I want to have freedom and less clutter but at the same time,  I don’t want to be sorry about getting rid of something later on!

Reflection Questions:

  • Why am I keeping this?
  • What value does this add to my life now?
  • Is it something that will benefit my children in the future? Is it something I want them to see (i.e. old boyfriend letters that aren’t from daddy)?
  • What kind of memories does this invoke? Can I keep the memory without keeping the physical item?

IMG_6388Pinky, daddy’s gift the day I was born.

These are some of the questions I asked myself as I recycled years’ worth of letters and birthday cards. I donated a pair of black, heeled glittery shoes that were my mothers as well as a pink lace heart-shaped pillow that my mother had made me out of the same material as my grade 8 grad dress. One of the harder decisions was about Pinky. Pinky is a pink and white stuffed poodle that my dad gave to me the day I was born. The thing about Pinky is the material is rotting and the holes in his neck  just can’t be fixed which means he can’t do anything other than sit in a box. I took a picture of him. When DH gets home, I’ll have him take a picture of Pinky and I together and then, with a little sadness, I am throwing him in the trash.

I kept one small box with cards from my husband and a few other little momentos. Pictures of past boyfriends, zoo animals etc. went in the recycling bag while pictures of family went into a box to be sorted out later this week. Out went the science fair trophy from grade 7 but I did keep the cheerleading medal from our NORWASSA win!

Clothing:

Whoever said that you wear 20% of your clothing 80% of the time was pretty much bang on when it comes to me! Being pregnant, I have maternity clothing in my closet along with summer and winter clothing in various sizes. Simple Mom suggested trying everything on and getting rid of things that don’t fit, you don’t like etc. Though that wasn’t practical for me, I did sort through each batch of clothing.

Maternity Clothing – there are some pieces that I just don’t wear, haven’t worn and don’t plan to. I have my favorites (20%) and wear them (80%) most of the time. This is our last baby and once he arrives, the maternity clothing goes. I decided that since I am only wearing a portion of it, the stuff I don’t wear may as well go now!

Winter/Summer Clothing – since I can’t try stuff on and see how it fits, this was a little more of a challenge but you know, if we are honest, we know which pieces of clothing we don’t wear a lot. When I worked outside the home, I wore a blouse or something dressy every day. I still wear dressy outfits to church obviously, but don’t need quite so many. My daily clothing consists more of jean skirts and tees. That is the season of life I am in. I looked at each piece of clothing and kept all the “yes” and “maybe” items. Those “maybe” items can be tried on after the baby and a decision made then. But I had a fair amount of “no” items that filled up a garbage bag. I’ll take a few sweaters to mom and the rest of the items to the thrift shop. There isn’t anything wrong with them but I know that I avoid wearing them {size, color, feel of fabric, cut, style etc.} so they may as well go.

MB Finished Product

The Finished Product:

I packed my regular winter items in my freshly emptied trunk, hung up what I had kept of my maternity clothing and spring/summer clothing and felt a huge sense of freedom in seeing a closet that isn’t overflowing. OK, so it looks a little bare but what I parted with wasn’t worn anyway so I won’t miss it!

I had a lot of clothing that, as a stay-at-home mom I just no longer wear. I had a lot of “clutter from my past that is no longer useful to me. Now I have a closet that holds only the things I like and wear. What a delicious feeling!

 

What does your closet look like? Is it bursting at the seams, though you don’t wear much of what’s in there or are you someone who purges regularly. {Which is my goal form now on!}.

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  1. 1. Threaded Together Said:

    Beautiful closet! I went through my non maternity clothes when I was about 8m pregnant with my daughter and I found that I was much more honest with myself as to whether or not I would ever wear it/fit in it again when there was no way I could try it on and talk myself into keeping it!

  2. 2. MonicaB Said:

    Wow! Your closet looks wonderful. Great job. It’s amazing what you can find when you clean out places. ;)

  3. 3. Kate{Starr Family} Said:

    Your progress photos made my head hurt for you… the project always seems do-able and you know the finish will be great! But… the progress is daunting (and required our Lord & chocolate!) Fantastic!

  4. 4. Kristi Schneider Said:

    Great Job!! You’ve got to make a really big mess to clean and organize cluttered closet. Off Season clothing storage is always a great idea for anyone’s closet. Children especially benefit from it. No more stubborn 3 year olds wanting to wear a sundress in the middle of the winter!!

  5. 5. Jennifer Said:

    Amen to the Lord and to the chocolate! :)

  6. 6. Allysgrandma Said:

    Great job! I considered doing mine and participating, but I had a rough week. Maybe next week!

  7. 7. Courtney Said:

    Awesome job!

    My closet is a total disaster…. this is good motivation! Maybe I’ll get a start on mine this weekend. I know I probably have 3-4 bag loads of clothes to give away to Goodwill!

  8. 8. Sue B Said:

    Thank you for your thought process about getting rid of mementos. I’ve been avoiding those spots, not quite sure how to deal with them. Thanks again.

  9. 9. Jennifer Said:

    @Sue,
    I have to admit, the momentos were the toughest part of it all but you know what? I feel so free and happy knowing that my closet is free and clear; containing only clothing that I love and wear and not decades of the past!

    I read a blog post tonight called How to Clutter Your Home. It made me smile since some of these ring far too true for me. You might enjoy it.

  10. 10. Marci@OvercomingBusy Said:

    Your closet looks great! I love the feel of empty space! To me, that is very motivating to keep it maintained.

  11. 11. Deanne Said:

    Very nicely done! I love the job you did there! Looks fresh and easy to find what you want to wear. I still need to do my closet but it’s on my list of things to do this spring.

  12. 12. Tricia Said:

    Your closet looks amazing. A clean closet always makes me energized and ready to move on to the next area.

  13. 13. Jolene Said:

    Wow! Great job with the closet.

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