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67. Clean Out My Closet

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Whenever I am returning home after a trip, I always have the urge to complete home projects. Small trip or long trip, I'm always motivated. I'm not sure why. We live about three hours from where we went to college at Texas A&M, and this weekend we made a quick trip for this weekend's basketball game.

During our drive, the temperature dropped over 30 degrees and turned from sunny and delightful to icy and scary. I was wearing Nike shorts and sandals. Neat. But we made it home safely. With an afternoon being cooped up ahead of us, I started tackling my closet.

In the fall, I realized that a huge obstacle in keeping my closet clean was that my shoe rack couldn't hold all of my shoes, and that lead to them collecting in a little pile on the floor. Not good. So I went to Bed, Bath, & Beyond and purchased this little fella.


This is just a random photo I snapped of the situation long ago. As you can see, the rack is long and took a portion of my hanging space away. I was like "Whatever it's fine! I'll just put some clothes in drawers and life will be dandy!!!"

Months later... Not feeling it.

This problem caused me to squeeze all of my clothes together as tight as possible causing them to become smushed and wrinkled and often times they would fall off the hangers. Yesterday I had had enough and I started breaking down the shoe rack. At first I was just like "NEED TO FIX THIS" so I took off the top two shelves. Then I got super carried away and started going through my whole closet. I realized that a lot of the clothes I had were awesome for college, but not super relevant for my life now. I have a huge basket ready to be dealt with at some point! (hopefully sooner rather than later!)

So at this point my clothes are all over our room. And like any other closet cleaning experience, at this point I lost my drive and was over it. Yet my hatred for mess allowed me to plow through. I looked at the remaining two shelves from the shoe rack and CUE ANGEL SINGING.... REALIZED THEY COULD STAND ALONE.

I present to you... my new clean closet.


I'm smitten. Having a space for everything just makes me so happy. I also used a Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card to snag three sets of these hangers. I printed two 20% off one item coupons (imagining that Ben and I could each complete one transition with a coupon) and at the last minute got the courage to ask the lady if there was any way I could get the deal on all three sets. She immediately agreed and it was super easy... saving us a pretty good chunk of change ($18!) Switching out all my old hangers took about thirty minutes, and the change in the look is amazing. I love that all of my delicate items aren't falling to the ground anymore. I feel like this will be an investment that keeps on making me smile for years to come. This would be a great option for newlywed people with leftover store credit and no idea what to use it for! I kept a bunch of extra in a basket in the top of the closet if they're needed in the future.

What do y'all think? Anyone else need to do a bit of spring cleaning?

Going through my clothes really motivated me to evaluate my personal style and try some new and different things, as well as figure out what works for me daily. Look for some posts about this process.. coming soon! :)

PS. This article on The Everygirl is SO helpful and I wish I had it this weekend, 7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet

15 comments:

  1. LOVE THOSE HANGERS! I am so tired of all my clothes falling off. I was actually planning a closet clean out post as well! It must be the Spring cleaning getting to us :) It looks fabulous my dear!

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  2. I have those hangers and LOVE them. We had a TON of extra Bed Bath and Beyond gift cards after the wedding so I got some of them : ) Best purchase ever! Looks so nice!

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  3. Oh my goodness! I LOVE closet organizing. I'm also a color coordinator, by item type. Let's just say, my husband isn't. You're lucky to have your own closet!

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  4. I like your large shoe rack! I need one of those for my boots and other shoes that need a lottle more wiggle room in my closet.
    It looks so much better!

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  5. Now you're making me want to tackle my own closet organization! Looks fabulous!

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  6. I'm the same way when I get back from a trip!

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  7. I'm inspired! My closet is a wreck- and maybe the solution is "get rid of" for real....thanks for the post- I need to take a look at my space- TODAY!
    Yours looks really great- I am sure it's such a good feeling to have it all organized and pretty-like now! :)
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  8. Love this! It looks so classy and pristine! We live in a super old house that only has two closets so my closet is in the living room and it so so small. Can't wait for the day I have room for all my clothing to be stored in one place!! :)

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  9. This weather gets me into my closet every time! I think I've gone through my clothes three times this winter alone. Yours is looking awesome, those hangers seem like a God-send!

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  10. I think it's the weather that gets me the most! I've been through my closet and dresser three times this season. Yours looks fantastic! Those hangers sound like a God-send!

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  11. Matching hangers make me happy!

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  12. Your closet looks great! I use the same hangers in black and I love the way they pull my closet together. Great job Victoria!

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  13. I've been doing lots of cleaning but I haven't made it to my closet just yet. Your hangers look so organized!

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  14. You make me want to clean out my closet!!! Looks great.

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  15. i just organized my closet and I love the feeling! Now i can see all my clothes and no more shoe piles on the floor :)

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