Hi guys! Hope you all had a great thanksgiving spent with your loved ones and a nice long break from work!
Over this past weekend, I spent an entire day (and I really mean the entire day) helping my grandma clean out and organize her closet that desperately needed it.
This is something that she has been meaning to do for the longest time but never got around to it because: “she didn’t know where to start”, “it was too overwhelming”, and my most favorite one, “this may come back in style you just never know.”
BUT, we’ve all been there, 🙋🏼 don’t lie.
So, I bit the bullet and decided I was going to MAKE this closet clean-out happen once and for all.
“Changing lifestyle habits acquired over many years is often extremely difficult” – Marie Kondo
CUE. MIMOSAS. This sure calmed my grandma down a bit and I just, you know, really love mimosas.
I never in my life have seen a person with so many clothes (Gram, if you’re reading this, don’t hate me). I mean like an excessive amount of clothes from ancient old to brand spankin’ new. There is no way she could even see all the clothes she had way back there!
First things first: Take Everything Out
From all my experiences in cleaning out closets, this is the only way you will succeed. Throughout The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, she talks about the importance of holding each item individually in your hands and determining whether or not that item still brings you joy.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle” – Marie Kondo
Next step: Putting It All Back Together
With her large walk-in closet, it was easy to give each rail it’s own clothing items, for example: tanks went on the top rail, sweaters on bottom rail, etc.
One thing I would suggest not doing, is taking all of the hangers off. That was completely unnecessary. And a big pain in my ass in the end, ha.
I like to color-code my closet personally so I did that with hers: white, tan, gray, black, and then the good ol’ ROYGBIV.
(Minus that red sweater below that was clearly not put in its correct spot)
Baskets are always a go-to for me, (if you haven’t noticed in any of my previous posts like this one), which I would have loved to go to the store and buy some nice new ones, we stuck with re-using ones that were already in the closet!
THIS LITERALLY TOOK US 6. HOURS. 😅
Including: several mimosas, an intrigued labrador pup, a fidgety toddler, a quick *delivered* McDonald’s lunch, and a few breakdowns and “don’t yell at me”’s.
But it looks pretty dang good, right?
AND we got rid of 5 full garbage bags and two mighty large totes for her to donate, sell, and toss. Impressive if I do say so myself.
You 👏🏼 go 👏🏼 Gram.
Have you ever attempted the KonMari method? If so, I would love to hear some stories!
Hope this got you motived to finally bite the bullet and go nuts on your own closet. I swear it’ll lift a big weight off your shoulders.