A couple of years ago, I read, digested, and put into action Marie Kondo’s words from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. This book, along with a new favorite read, Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, has given me the courage to clear the clutter! Below is my journey (and an update) on how I’m doing keeping my closet clutter free!
But first, let’s get honest!
Have you scrolled through Pinterest and admired all the beautiful homes and think to yourself, “does anyone really live here?!”
A couple of years ago, I purged my closet and went to Pinterest for inspiration on a closet makeover. What I came across were gorgeous closets that looked like no one used them (who only has 10 items hanging in their closet?). So, today you won’t get Pinterest pretty pictures, but you will get a real before/after closet reveal (and an update) of a real person who goes in her closet daily!
But, before we get started, here’s what I started with…
Y’all, I can’t even!!! My closet was terrible! There was absolutely no joy coming from this space and I dreaded the thought of getting dressed each day. Thanks to Marie Kondo’s book, I had the courage to tackle this chaos!
Let me be completely honest. This was NOT easy! It took me 4 times, yes FOUR times, to finally get it right! And, your math is correct, I completely emptied this closet four times before I could get it right – but I can tell you it was absolutely worth it!!!
*TRUTH STATEMENT – I have WAY too much stuff. I know this and have known this but working through this method has exposed this on a grand scale. I don’t share this with you to show how much I have but merely to show you how much stuff accumulates if you don’t deal with it. I’m sharing in hopes that someone will be encouraged and begin taking back their life from their stuff. We all deserve to be surrounded by only things that we love and bring us joy!
Here’s the before/after pics you have to see to believe!
Here are a few more after pictures that I wanted to share!
Discarding things that don’t spark joy has no adverse effects – it is a strong reminder that we have been living all this time surrounded by things that we don’t need. – Marie Kondo
But my journey wasn’t over just because I had cleaned out my closet. I knew the key was maintenance. The holidays hit my closet hard (this is where I stored all the gifts) and combined with the lack of time to properly put stuff away (the #1 reason clutter takes over!), I started to see the chaos returning. Yikes! No way was I going back to where I started from! Here’s an update on my journey to keep my master closet clutter free!
See?! Even my bad closet doesn’t look near as bad as the original picture. But, I could definitely tell a change in my mood. No longer was I enjoying the view, instead I was dreading opening the door.
I made a few small changes and purged nearly 50 items from my closet. It’s still full but so much more manageable! I keep both winter and summer clothes in my closet at all times. #Texasweather No longer do I “flip” my closet from season to season. I only keep what fits. If it doesn’t fit, it has to go!
My desk has more items on it than it did but this space still brings me immense joy!!! (And I just relized the arrow is pointing in the wrong direction! We recentely renovated our bathroom and this wall took a beating! I’m changing the direction of that arrow right now!)
A couple of changes I made from my original makeover – 1) I added two more baskets for additional scarves and for tank tops and 2) I moved my boots behind my jeans and added a shelf for shoes.
Magazine holders are perfect to store clutches and small bags. I found these hot pink ones in the Target dollar spot.
Utilize “wasted” space. I love bags but they can take up a lot of storage space. Mike installed these hooks just below the ceiling line and they are perfect for keeping my items visual yet out of the way until I need them.
Mike also installed a hook more accessible for my robe and blardigan.
I added a shoe rack under my long hanging clothes to store my work shoes and was able to slide my sneakers under them so that they are out of the way yet still have a place to return to when I’m not wearing them.
While I have greatly reduced what was in my closet, I still have to get creative with storage. The space between the shelf and the shoe storage was the perfect place to store my sweatshirts.
And last but not least, scarves and belts are rolled and tank tops are folded and kept in baskets.
Earlier I shared a few tried and true tips that I have learned over my journey to make our house more of a home by ensuring that we live in a clutter-free, organized space. Do you have any tips, secrets, or tricks on how you keep your closet clutter free? I would love to hear from you!
I’m joining up with Jaclyn, Keri, and Kate for their Clear the Clutter Challenge. Hop over and check out their spaces! So much inspiration and encouragement to continue clearing the clutter! Don’t give up! It’s so worth it!!!
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