Today I thought I would tackle the twins' closet. They were playing in their room anyway, and that way I could supervise them and also get the closet done. Oh, ha ha ha. Ha. That worked as great as you might imagine.
Here's the closet Before. This is just the left half of it. As you can see, I have helpers.
Unlike my other clutter projects so far, this closet contains mostly items that really do belong there. However, clearly we have a "stuff it in and worry about the 'where' later" problem going on. We also have a "too much stuff" problem and a "time to put away the pink receiving blankets" problem.
This is a multi-day project, and today's part was to see if I could do something about all the clothes I've been cramming onto the bottom two shelves. The twins are unfortunately blocking your view of one of those shelves, but it looks pretty much exactly like the one above it: completely full of disorganized fabric and plastic.
I like to buy clothes on clearance (have I mentioned I like Target clearance?), and put them aside for future sizes and seasons. "Aside" means, apparently, cramming them anywhere. All the sizes are mixed together, and what good does that do me? The twins will be entering college and I'll still be finding 2T stuff in the back of this closet. Some of the stuff was still in store bags, some of it in some small boxes (an earlier attempt at inflicting order), most of it just stuffed anywhere it would fit ("fit").
I got two boxes and put them on the changing table, labeling one of them "2T" and one "3T." I put anything 4T or above in a pile nearby--I wasn't sure what size box I'd need for that. By the time I had most of the stuff off of the two shelves and into boxes, I had this on my hands:
They were mad because I wouldn't let them take down everything else off the shelves, nor would I let them put things into or take things out of the diaper pail even though I kept opening and shutting it enticingly as I got rid of plastic store bags and ancient receipts.
Time to wrap it up for the day. I put the three new boxes on the floor of the closet. The 2T box is overflowing, but the other two are about the right sizes, with room to add more things. You can only see two of the boxes in this photo; the third box is behind the sliding closet door, more onto the right half of the closet.
It doesn't look a whole lot better, I realize. There's no gasp factor here. But there is some empty space on the bottom shelf, and the shelf above it looks fuller than it is because of a big winter coat and also because of me not doing any organizing yet: all I did today was take things off. Also, some bags of extra school supplies came tumbling down when I removed the wads-of-clothing support system they were leaning on.
It's difficult not to get discouraged, comparing this project to the kitchen table and the bureau: those two projects, it made such a difference spending even 10 minutes on them---whereas I spent about half an hour on this closet and barely made a dent. But this closet has been driving me crazy, and I was worrying as the twins outgrew their 18-month and 18-24-month stuff, and I knew I'd need the 2T and what would I do then? So this is good work, and worth doing, and we will hold our applause until the end--which will probably be in about six weeks, at this rate.
For you: Today's assignment, should you wish to follow me down this dark and dreary road, is to pick a closet or cupboard and spend at least 10 minutes on it. Tidy, purge, reorganize--whatever it needs. If you get to a point where you think, "But I need a set of matched organizing containers, or I can't go on!," don't stop. Find something you can make do with for now (I found an old diapers box, a old moving box, and a Rubbermaid bin), and replace the containers later.
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