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How To Rescue A Messy Closet


Our bedroom has 2 closets in it that are both the same size.   One for me, one for Todd.  Todd’s closet always seems to stay nice a tidy.  Mine…not so much.  I’ve decided that I need to get rid of clothes that I do not love anymore, which will help, but the biggest problem was my closet floor.  It was a mess.  I am guilty of doing the quick ‘pick up and stash’ at one point or another and my closet was the perfect place to for the ‘stash.’  There were 2 bins of papers that have just grown and grown over the last year, and I just kept ignoring them.  They took way too much precious space in my closet, and since clutter attracts clutter, they made it next to impossible to keep my closet as nice as I would like it to be.  It was beyond time to clean it up!

Do you have a messy closet that is driving you crazy?


Below are the steps to take to clean it up.  They sure helped me and hopefully they can help you to.



Empty the closet:

~keep hang-up clothes & shoes in the closet

~have 3 places to put stuff:  Give Away Bin, Put Away Bin & Throw Away Bag

~as you bring things out,  keep ‘like’ with ‘like’  (example: papers together, books together, belts together, scarves together)

~once all is cleared out of closet besides shoes and hangup clothes, purge clothes. Get rid of anything you don’t love.

~match and straighten shoes and put on a shelf or rack; getting rid of as many pairs as possible as you go.

~hang up all hangers. If you have too many, find another closet to put all of the extra hangers.

~put hats in one place

~hang up belts

~hang up scarves

~hang up bags & purses (hooks are a wonderful thing in a closet. I have a few. I’d love more!)

~put any clothes from the floor in a pile (clean with clean, dirty in hamper)

~make a paper pile to go through later

~dust shelves

~sweep out closet




Start in on piles:

~you may need to split this job up and do a chunk each day

~hang up clean clothes or put into drawers

~sort through paper piles. Throw away or file away.

~take dirty laundry down to wash





Only keep what you love!

Work methodically.  Finish one part before going on to the next.

Remember: you cannot organize clutter.  Purge as you go.

If you have not worn it for a season, get rid of it.

Box up your ‘skinny’ clothes or those clothes you can’t bring yourself to get rid of. At least get them out of the closet.

You may need to split this job up and do a chunk each day.  I did all steps up to ‘sort through paper piles.’ Like I said above, I had stuffed two big baskets of miscellaneous paper in my closet one day and this took time to sort through.  Same with the pile of books that I had stored in my closet.  They needed purged and put on a bookshelf.

Make a goal to finish all piles within a few days. Do a bit everyday.

Listen to a podcast, radio or a tv show while you do this.  I listened to recorded Dr. Oz show while I worked.  It helped the time go faster.

Don’t be a perfectionist.  I would love to paint my closet and put more cute baskets and hooks in it for things, but I did not let myself get side-tracked.  My pictures would have turned out nicer for you, but I would not have gotten my closet done in a timely manner.  Good is good enough!





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Before and After Home Office Organization


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I have been ignoring our home office closet for way too long. Now that fall is here I have been motivated make our home office uncluttered, minimalized & esthetically pleasing.  I loved the simplicity of our home office since removing things from the walls and giving it a paint treatment–that is– until I would try to open a desk drawer or look for something in the closet. We we’re to the point where drawers were not closing, closet shelves were falling down, and closet doors were not closing!  It was time to focus in and tackle it, and I did just that on a cool fall-like Sunday afternoon.


I started on Saturday, tentatively opening drawers and closet doors, taking in what was causing the clutter, and taking note of the things I knew we would be keeping in the office.  This step was important in order to visualize what the best use of the space in the closet would be.  I ventured out on Saturday, visiting Walgreens and my favorite dollars store for supplies.  I looked for a variety of bins of different sizes and textures.  I wanted to keep the color scheme simple, so I chose white, orange, black & a touch of natural brown wicker color.  I thought this color combination would go great with the new deconstructed chevron wall I just painted in our home office.

I also bought supplies to create labels.  I knew in order to keep this closet looking great, the first step would be getting rid of everything that is not used or necessary, and then label containers for all that is left, giving each item a clearly marked home.

I bought some fun yellow washi tape.  I couldn’t find an orange to match the containers I purchased, and I knew this yellow would be a fun pop of color, just as my special yellow chair is that is in the study.



I bought some chevron grey, white and black note cards, some white 3×5 cards, and my favorite Stainless Sharpie Pen 1S.  I’m a bit of a pen snob, and I wanted a pen that would work well, look & feel sleek, & make my handwriting look somewhat decent.  Isn’t it funny how a good pen can actually do that?  I also wanted a pen that would be permanent like a marker but write like a pen; without smearing.  Walgreens has the Stainless Sharpie Pen 1S for $5.29.  I also grabbed the Sharpie Pen Grip RT Black, this is my second favorite.  I love that it has a comfortable grip & is retraceable and does not have a lid. My girls tend to lose lids quickly, which is why the Stainless Sharpie Pen is MINE. For older kids and teenagers, retractable Sharpie pens rock!


I bought the wooden clothes pins from the dollar store, and some binder clips.  I decided I am done with sticky type labels–washi tape does not count as it is super easy to remove.  I like the idea of being able to quickly change out a label depending on the need at the time.  This is why I went with very inexpensive 3×5 cards–they were .50 cents for 400!  Can’t beat that price!  The chevron cards I picked up would be the perfect backing to these 3×5 cards to make them pretty! I used the chevron notecards to back my 3×5 cards, then clipped them right to the container with a clothes pin. When I need to change the label, it will just take a matter of seconds to write on a new card and clip it back onto the container.  Easy!

Armed with my supplies, I started clearing out the closet.  Oh my. It is amazing how much stuff gets thrown in there!  Our home office is a very central location of our home and it just seems to be a magnet for clutter.

While I cleared things out, I made a pile for donating, had a trash bag handy for trash, and made another pile for items that belong elsewhere.  There was also a nice big basket full of papers that need sorted, but I didn’t allow that to distract me from the mission.  I set them aside and will go through them slowly throughout the week, maybe while watching Dr. Oz!


I spread all my containers out on my kitchen table, and as I cleared out the closet, it became apparent what items needed grouped together and a home.  I brought those items out and put them in the appropriate container, labeled it, then carried it back into the closet and put it together in the most practical,efficient, and beautiful way I could think of– kind of like a puzzle.  I wanted the closet to be appealing to the eye, but also as functional as possible, as this would be key for keeping it organized.

Before I carried all the labeled containers back into the closet, I made sure to sweep, dust and clean the shelves.  I also had to fix the base of the shelves, as it had come apart from the wall and was leaning heavily to one side.  That alone kept my procrastination in full gear when I thought of organizing this closet.  I’m pretty good with power tools but I don’t like the process of using them.   I can’t tell you how happy I was once the base was screwed back into place and the shelves were straight and usable again.  That gave us almost a 1/3 more closet space then we had before when it was broken. Thank you drill and electric screwdriver!  I am woman…hear me roar.


I put my power tools (and my roaring) away and got out the tools I am more comfortable with:

washi tape


note cards

letter stickers

binder clips

wooden clips


Sharpie pens

I had great fun making the labels. Like I said above, I kept it simple enough to be able to do a quick change of label if needed, just by grabbing a 3×5 card, a clip and my Sharpie pen.  I stored the 3×5 cards, cut in half, in an envelope and taped it to the inside of the closet door with washi tape.  I utilized the inside of the closet doors by hanging a few bulletin boards.  The board marked ‘Truth’ will hold a weekly scripture verse to keep front and center in our minds throughout the week.



I’m super excited about how the closet turned out.  I can’t believe the difference.  Because the closet is in such a central location in our home, and because we do not have a coat closet, I decided to make this closet an office/coat closet.  This is why you see coats hanging & bins marked for mittens, gloves, scarves & hats.  I even kept an open square of the wire shelving open for storing my snow boots.


I’m trying to keep our office free from paper piles, so I made each family member a magazine file holder with their name clearly marked on the front.  I like that these are big enough to not only hold paper, but also any projects or items I find lying around in the office.  I also made one for my receipts & for papers that need filed.



I did give in and use some stickers on a few larger bins that hold items that I know we will always need for storage & whose labels will not need changed out.  I just couldn’t pass up how cute they were.


One of my favorite areas of the closet is the wire shelving that holds bigger bins.  We have had this for a while, and have been utilizing it in this way, but the closet got so full you could not see it, and the bins were not clearly labeled.  I now have 4 clearly labeled bins.



They are marked:





Are you wondering about the sock bin?  Our laundry room is downstairs which is just to far to go whenever someone cannot find socks.  This bin holds those dreaded missing socks that everyone is always asking for.  Now I just send them to the sock basket.

The library bin keeps the books we get from the library in one place.  I love that I can quickly make another label and jot down when they are due and clip it right to the bin.

The donate & deliver bins are pretty self-explanatory.  I am always collecting items that people left at our home, especially my kids’ friends.  I love having a place to put this stuff and will tell said friends to go check the deliver basket when they come.  I will also use it to keep track of what I need to return to people and deliver myself.  The donate bin is a great place to keep items I want to get rid of.  Minimalizing is an ongoing process in this house, so I always try to have something in that bin!



I can now get to my vacuum quickly, and the attachments are all in one place stored above the vacuum.  I hung them in a bucket on a tension rod that I found in the back of the closet.  I also found a hook that is perfect for hanging my camera bag.  I take photos constantly for New Nostalgia and now my Colsie has an interest in photography, so I like having a specific place for the camera where everyone knows where it is and where to put it away.




On to the desk.  Cords were an issue…but not anymore!  I used my Sharpie pen and marked plastic zip bags with what specific cord wasis inside.  Make sure to use a Sharpie, other markers will smear.  Earbuds also got a home.  No more tangled mess!


I bought a bunch of little round containers from the dollar store & used them to corral all those small items that make a mess in drawers.  I also moved printer paper & lined paper from the closet shelf to a drawer.  I found when my girls would grab a piece, more than one would come and my closet would be littered with paper.  A drawer should solve this problem.  This is an example of how important it is to always look for the most efficient way to store items.  Put items that are used regularly front and center.  Keep ‘like’ with ‘like’ and when one item is always creating clutter, figure out another way to store it or give it a specific home.


I am so very happy with how our home office is shaping up.  I have a couple more fun project planned for it–an artistic wall piece that doubles as a way to display photos, a fun project with clipboards, and a homemade light fixture.  Look for those posts coming to New Nostalgia this fall.