Friday, July 12, 2013

Insta-Friday in real life - closet chaos edition


The weekend is on its way folks! We have had many, many days of rain so we are looking forward to a sunny, rain-free Saturday.

Time again for simple, sweet cell phone photos from our week. I didn't catch any photos of us sitting out in the pouring rain watching soccer, or leaving swimming lessons early because of thunder and threatening rain. I was too busy trying to stay dry. The kids did eventually manage to fit in their outdoor swimming lessons between rainfalls this week fortunately.


With all of us home for the summer we have been doing everything as a family, including grocery shopping, which I normally do by myself. It means more junk food in the cart. And hats. Yes, hats at the grocery store. Not what I would have expected the kids to ask for, but they pretty much ask for everything. My son picked out this hat, above. I don't believe he's going to wear it though.


My daughter rejected this one, even though I thought it suited her.


Because we had people over for a party last weekend, our main floor is relatively tidy. Notice I said relatively. Nobody expects perfection around here. Not that it wouldn't be nice.


On Wednesday I decided we should focus on the second floor. "We" quickly turned into "me," and I decided to focus on my closet. Big mistake. I have this terrible habit of pulling everything out and then getting overwhelmed. Then the project can hang around incomplete for days.


Fortunately the closet was pretty much done by Thursday. I just have some random tiny items that I need family members to claim or throw out. Somehow everything ends up in my space. I made a few changes to my closet, like putting my jeans, shorts and scarves in the soft baskets I got at my favourite annual basket sale. I am kind of forgetful, so I tied a scarf around the scarf basket to remind me of the contents. I think I'm going to have to make tags for the others.


I tidied up my jewelry area. I like jewelry to be out in the open so I'll remember to wear it.


I tidied up purses and belts.


I'm sad to say I barely got rid of any clothes even though I haven't worn some of them for years. I kept thinking, "I really should wear that blouse," or in this case, that purple sweater. I decided to try to piece together some outfits and wear some different things. If that doesn't work, I'll have to force myself to donate more items.


I have boxes that hold my extra toiletries, such as hair products, body wash and facial cleansers.


Here is the completed closet. I put dresses front and centre because otherwise I would never think to wear them. To free up closet space, I put all of my sweaters in a trunk at the end of my bed for now. I shudder to think how quickly I might need them again!

How do you control closet chaos?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Life Rearranged.

26 comments:

  1. I'd love a closet like that, unfortunately our built in wardrobes were installed by the previous owner and they're really poorly designed and made from the cheapest warped wood he could find! Well done on the cleanout, I've been doing our study and have three big bins full of stuff to throw out already, with about 12 bins worth to go (and I'm not joking... hmmm I should take photos!)

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    1. I believe you, honey, because I'm sure I could fill a dumpster with stuff from this house!

      I would love to be able to get custom closets, wouldn't you? :)

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  2. We've had gallons of rain too & more scheduled for the weekend. Sigh. Nicely done on the closet fix up! We're all pitiful closet keepers, but I am now inspired to take yet another crack at mine anyway!

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    1. My closet constantly gets messier and messier until one day I can't take it anymore. The days just seem easier when closets, bathrooms and kitchens are tidy, huh?

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  3. Great job cleaning out the closet! I really need to draw inspiration from you and do the same. I'm terrible at parting with clothing- I haven't worked in 5 years, and I have bins full of professional clothes in our basement.

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    1. Thanks Ruthie!

      I am terrible at parting with everything, and the other family members are even worse. Since I started working from home, I put my dress pants in bins and I am happy not to look at them. It's all jeans for me now baby! ;)

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  4. You must feel proud of yourself - closet cleaning is no fun!!!

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    1. I am a little bit proud, Jill. ;)

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  5. Great job! Wow! I am inspired... I need to do this ;(
    It doesn't come easy for me to make a big change in my closet - I often try but it ends up a bigger mess then I hang stuff any which way... ;(

    But this looks lovely! ;)

    Oh and I love the hats on your kids! Adorable ;)
    xoxo

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    1. Gosh, don't we all have trouble areas! At least I hope we all do. Because we have more than a few around here.

      Thanks. I love hats on little kids. :)

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  6. Stopping by from liferearranged. I love the layout of your blog, it's so cute! And it definitely looks like you've had a fun week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the nice compliments. I hope you have a wonderful week!

      Jo

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  7. Your closet looks great & that purple sweater is really cute - you SHOULD wear it more! ;)

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

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    1. Aw, thanks Steph. That's kind. :)

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  8. Yay for closet cleanouts! Great job


    Visiting from Insta-Friday!
    Love, Traci Michele @ Ordinary Inspirations
    http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for coming by and for the nice encouragement Traci. Photographing the process forces me to get the job done! ;)

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  9. Looks great! I just went through my closet (well, most of it-I ignored all the shoes). It's so tiny that I constantly have to go through and thin things out. It's kind of sad, Ruby actually has a bigger closet than my hubby and I do!

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    1. Well, that just seems unfair Laurie. You need a nice big closet! ;) Then again Ruby has all of those adorable clothes. :)

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  10. Wow... you did an awesome job on your closet! Way to go!

    Wishing you a lovely, sunny, weekend!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! I got the lovely, sunny weekend you wished for me. :) I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  11. My closet clean-out would involve sorting through boxes and BOXES of photos (you know, before digital cameras? ... maybe you don't know). They're all organized in those pretty photo boxes from Michael's, but there are a lot that could/should be thrown out. My clothes barely fit in the closet because the photo boxes are stored in a bookcase that I jammed into the closet under my hanging clothes. Our bedroom is narrow and with my night table beside my bed, my closet door won't quite open all the way ... another deterrent for cleaning it out :( And unlike you (lucky LUCKY you!) I have to share my closet with my husband who hasn't thrown out a shirt or a suit since we got married. I keep all my spare guest blankets and pillows in my closet (no where else!) and I still have three (THREE!!!) Hudson Bay blankets folded neatly on my pretty little loveseat at the end of my bed because I can't fit them on the shelf anymore. arrrrgh!! Your closet looks divine ... jewelry hanging on hooks! cute little white shelf thingy! trendy fabric bins! Closet envy ... thanks for sharing yet another organized corner of your home ... even if it sends me spiraling into disorganized despair ;) But hey, my garden looks good and I'm looking forward to a sunny weekend out there rather than in my closet! Wendy

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    1. My heart started racing when I read the word "photos." That's an organization project that terrifies me. One, my old prints are not organized and Two, I have hardly printed any digital photos for YEARS! I'm one of those people who has to have a photo album in perfect order, so I just don't do them! Scary.

      Yes, I am thankful that I don't have to share the closet with my husband. That is a blessing.

      You are so right! Better to be outside enjoying the nice days. Do the closet in the winter! ;)

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  12. Unbelievable, Joann! You did such an amazing job with your closet!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Maria! I just might tackle another area. ;)

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  13. One day I plan to color coordinate my closet....or organize by item...blouses, pants, vests, etc. until I decide which it will stay in the present disarray. Love your ambition!

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    1. I like to organize by item and then by colour within each type of item. With the weather fluctuations we tend to have, it's particularly important to separate long sleeves from short!! ;)

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