Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Can't believe I'm going to post this!

I love reading the blog/website MoneySavingMom.  She always has good deals, coupons, and home management tips. She is currently doing a series on organizing, cleaning, and purging your home. Crystal has posted an assignment every day and then at the end of the day, she posts her pictures of her clean-up process.

I finally decided to join in on today's assignment, complete with pictures.  I plan to go back and do all the other assignments as well. She started this series right after I came home from the hospital with Jacob, so I was on light duty for a while due to my c-section. Now that I'm feeling back to normal, I hope to do more of these tasks...and post my pictures for motivation/accountability!

So today's assignment was to clean out closets. With a newborn on an every-two-hours-chow-fest, I only got one closet done, but I'm motivated to do the rest.

I cannot believe I'm going to post this, but here goes.

This is my coat closet by the front door. As you can see, it tends to accumulate shoes and coats.

I started out with the coats. I left some in the closet, but pulled others to go in the back closet because they aren't worn as often, or to put in our closet because that's their proper spot.  Then I pulled everything out of the bottom of the closet.  There were 15 pairs of shoes in the bottom of the closet!  Also plenty of dirt, dust, etc and a bunch of hangers.

I put the shoes into pairs so I could easily see what was in there. I found a pair of flip flops and sandals I had been looking for, as well as a little pair belonging to my son. I also found shoes I thought I had gotten rid of a long time ago...not so much, as they were on the bottom of the pile.

MoneySavingMom also asks that you find at least 7 things to get rid of. So here's picture proof! I got rid of all the wire hangers, a few plastic ones that had broken, a mesh bag of some sort, the two pair of shoes I thought were already gone, and 3 pairs of steel toe boots that we used to use at the fire station. (For those of you who don't know, Buddy and I volunteer at our local station!)  When Buddy got home from work, he also purged 2 more pairs of boots, but those didn't make it into my picture. 

Finally, I swept out the closet. Then I got down on my hands and knees with some cleanser and hand-mopped the closet floor. Then I hung up the coats so all the hangers were facing the same way (pet peeve) and put the shoes we were keeping back into our closet where they belong.  And the closet has become the new home of our vacuum, rather than keeping it in the garage.

Much Better!


Anonymous said...

Nice job! And I bet you feel better just knowing it's done!

-Danielle B

JD said...

Hooray for you! Looks great. I have a few very cluttered hiding spots I need to tackle asap. They keep calling my name. lol Apparently no one else can hear them. wink.

Tabitha said...

Great job and with a newborn that's a huge accomplishment! Your closet looks great. Stopping by from MSM.

Cherilyn said...

Nice job! You aren't brave for posting the shoe pile - just real!

Enjoy your new little one.