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Cleaning out the Closets

Author: Melissa Lahti ~ January 7, 2014

Week 1 ~ Challenge

This week I want to start off easy, well somewhat easy. I have decided to organize all the closets in my house. I am a fairly organized person and my closets are starting to get a little out of hand, especially one main walk-in closet I have in my hall. It has become a catch all for anything that can be thrown in and shut away. Getting rid of clutter is a great way to free a person’s mind. Clutter in the home is clutter in the mind. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year but with a clean, clutter free mind.

When cleaning out the closets, don’t forget to toss, recycle, and give away everything you don’t use or haven’t used in the past year. You have 7 days; spreading the chore over about an hour a day will make it seem less overwhelming. Good Luck! Remember, it's never too late to begin.


messy walk-in closet before cleaning

donation pile If there is one thing I learned this week, it’s that it is really hard to take a picture of the inside of your closet. I live in a somewhat small apartment so I don’t have too many closets but I do have one major walk-in, pain in the butt, catch all hall closet. For many years that I have lived here the closet has stayed nice and organized for quite some time until one day, something happened and it became the catch all pit to hell. Somehow it became my go to place for when I didn’t know what to do with something I would just open the door and place, *cough* throw *cough*, it inside. Soon it grew to be such a jungle it was no longer a walk-in closet but a crawl-in or rather a don’t-dare-go-in closet. For at least a year and a half, this closet has been out of control like this and it has been bothering me beyond imagine.

It is well known that any clutter around a person’s house will greatly clutter a person’s mind. Think about it, when you have too much clutter lying around you will constantly be thinking about how much you hate it and want to clean it up one day. Even when you are busy thinking about other things, this clutter is still in the back of your mind creeping up and trying to get your attention as much as it can. This clutter is taking up much needed space in your mind that can be put to good use for other things if it is not there. So in order to create more usable space in your mind you must clean up the clutter.

This one particular closet took me a total of about 6 hours to clean up. (It was bad.) As you can see from the pictures, I got a huge amount of stuff to donate and at least one bag and a box for trash. I am going to say this was a very productive week as not only do I feel much better; my 7 year old is flabbergasted. She cannot stop talking about it and is just so excited about how wonderful it looks. This only proves that cleaning up clutter is not only good for the person cleaning it up but for everyone in the house. My whole family feels better now that this closet is clean and organized again and you better believe, it will stay this way for a very long time.

clean walk-in closet after cleaning

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