Confessions of an Organizer: Closet Clean Out – The Final Results – Peggy W Barnes

Confessions of an Organizer: Closet Clean Out – The Final Results

This is the last post about my epic closet clean out.  

I don’t post any before and after pictures on my website because I think they are unrealistic.  Anyone can get an area cleaned out for a period of time, but the most important thing about organizing any area is not to make it clean but to make it organized and functional.  If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times – we don’t live in magazines.  We live in houses where real people live, doing real life, so organize your closets, your home, and your life accordingly. 

With all that being said, I am posting my before and after of my closet clean out because I actually cleaned it out and organized it in a way that makes sense for me. 

I have never been a person that wanted or needed matching hangers.  For some reason, I was ready to have my hangers look more cohesive.  I did not change them all but I changed most of my pants, dresses, jackets and coats.  The blouses and skirts are still on basic hangers with a few nice plastic hangers mixed in – not the hard plastic, white hangers, but the hangers that are found in department store hangers.  

I will say I don’t love the hangers that have the “velvet” feel to them because I am one that will quickly pull something off a hanger and the “velvet” hangers won’t allow for that.  

All the “stuff” is off the top of the closet shelf.  I realized it had just become a dumping ground because it was available, out of the way space.  
When you/I have an area that is a dumping ground it is usually because you/I don’t want to make a decision about something so you just put it aside to deal with later and later never comes. 

I actually did the whole closet clean out about 1 month ago and it still looks just like this.  There may be one piece of clothing on the floor today, but that is it.  
When you have things organized in a way that makes sense to you and you have less to deal with, it makes it easier to maintain your space.  

There you have it.  My closet clean out.  

What questions do you have? 
What is keeping you from doing your closet clean out? 

I would love to hear how it is going and what problems or successes you are having! 

Did you miss the beginning of this process?  Here are the links to blogs showing how this whole thing transpired! 

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