One of my big goals for the summer is to clean out all of the closets in my house. Fortunately, we only have five closets. Unfortunately, we only have five closets. We live in an adorable little house, with "little" being the operative word in this situation. Basically, I need to clear out what we don't need, what is no longer useful, and what is old/stained/disgusting, and organize what is left.
Since almost half of my summer break is now gone (*sigh*), I figured I best get started on this project, and the closet in most dire need of attention is my children's. Please don't judge my ability to mother my children based on the following pictures.
Before: This is embarrassing on so many levels. First, that pile of stuff in the closet floor is mostly clothes that my kiddies have outgrown. Second, the walls of the closet are pink, but the rest of the room is a lovely shade of gray...
There are built-in shelves on one side of the closet that are completely full of crap. Yes, it's really just crap, as evidenced by Cara's cast on the middle shelf.
A mess of this magnitude intimidates me, but it had to go. It took me over an hour to figure out how to approach the sorting-of-the-clothing. In the end, I just pulled it all out to the middle of the floor.
Obviously, that was a brilliant idea.
I will spare you the gritty details. I am not a great organizer by any stretch, but I am an incredible purger. I have very little emotional attachment to things that are not currently useful, so I now have four garbage bags full of clothes for Goodwill, three that will find homes with friends, and thirty items washed, ironed, and hung for consignment. The feeling of accomplishment is indescribable.
After! (Still pink, but look! There's the floor!)
for the sake of comparison
Lest you think cleaning out a closet was all I did today, let me show you a little baking.
or just a little baking mess
I rarely bake because I am really bad at measuring precisely. However, I was feeling a little bit domestic goddess today, so I decided to make Skinnytaste's Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread. It is easy, and it is delish.
best cleaning-out-the-closet reward ever