My closet has gone from Zero to Hero!

After month’s of good intentions without any real actions to go with them, I finally began, slogged through and have now completed the cleaning of my closet!

How does a closet get like this?  I guess the same way a haircut grows out — gradually.  And every so often it just needs a good trim!

I like this picture of the closet empty.  It felt good to be able to wipe everything down and sweep all of the carpet, even around the edges.

This is the finished closet with everything replaced in it that I intend to keep.

Unfortunately, there was still all of this stuff  left over in the “staging area”, i.e. the bedroom.  I got rid of all of my pre-weight loss clothes as well as many things I wore when I worked that I just don’t need any more.

So even after the closet was clean, the hardest part, in my opinion, remained to be done — the sorting and listing of the “free agents” so that they could then be taken to the Seminary clothing bank where they could be drafted by another “team”!

When I do this, I make a list of the items I’m donating, with garage sale prices listed by each grouping (e.g., “Sweaters (10) $2 = $20).  Then I can just write the total on the receipt the clothing bank gives us, attach the receipt to the list and put it all in my tax file (in case charitable donations are still allowed as a tax deduction next year!).

Hubby took the whole kit and kaboodle to the clothing bank for me yesterday.  The trunk of my car was packed so full of clothes on hangers we could barely close the lid and there were ten shopping bags in the back seat, half of them filled with shoe boxes.  When the lights are turned off, shoes must multiply on their own.  I certainly don’t remember buying all those shoes.  In fact, that may not just apply to shoes — maybe clothes too.  That would explain why closets get so full.  I can sense a balancing act here — socks get lost in the dryer, but clothes and shoes multiply in the dark closet!

Nothing feels better than completing a project that has been hanging over your head for months.  And it’s a “gift that keeps on giving” — every time I walk into the closet and don’t have to look through alot of things that I don’t really wear to find something I do wear.  What a good feeling.

We have been sleeping in another room while this whole process has been going on (made longer because of our unexpected trip last week), so now we can move back to our own bed.

By the way, I think I’ll start leaving the light on in the closet all the time, to discourage the “residents” from that whole multiplying-in-the-dark thing.  I certainly don’t want to have to clean in there again any time soon!

9 Responses to My closet has gone from Zero to Hero!

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    Wow, looks great. That’s a great accomplishment! Let me know how that “leaving the light on” thing works out for you, I may have to try that one!

  2. C. Beth says:

    Wow, I think I need to take this as inspiration and do that for my closet too!

  3. Katharine says:

    Ah, Sandra, you’re an inspiration to us all! I have a walk-in closet similar to your “before” photo, and it’s on my long list of things to clean out and rearrange. Sigh. No telling when I’ll get to it, but when I saw your results I bumped this item up higher on my list.

    You’ve taken the extras to the Seminary??? I know someone who’s a regular speaker there! He’s the head of Blind Mission, and there’s also an outreach center in your town. Well! Someday when I make a big national tour of all the outreach centers, I’ll have to have lunch with you! (But don’t hold your breath. I have to clean my closet first.)

  4. carlahoag says:

    A gold star for you, Sandra! That’s amazing!

    When I tackle something like that, something that I’ve been avoiding and then just have to do it, well, it just feels so rewarding.

    Your closet looks wonderfully organized and your bedroom is beautiful.

  5. Tim King says:

    Wow. I’ve tried to do projects like that before. Never completely finished, though. I always end up dumping the pile of junk into another, bigger pile in the basement. (Or just dumping it all in the trash.) Congratulations on finishing your closet-cleaning! I’ll bet it feels much better now.

    -TimK

  6. Sandra says:

    Okay, Chrissy. If the “lights on” tactic works, I’ll be sure to let you know! 🙂

  7. Sandra says:

    Beth — It delights me if I have inspired you! 🙂

    Katharine — I would LOVE it if you came to town and we could get together! I might even COOK! But, don’t let that deter you from coming. 🙂

    Carla — It really does make me feel great to have that formidable task off my to-do list, at least for a while!

    Tim — So true. “Finished” is a wonderful word! 🙂

  8. Sleepless in OL says:

    I think that all of the people who are on the receiving end of your donation of much needed shoes would prefer you to turn out the lights 🙂 Great job! Love the pictures you always provide of the before and after of projects; makes the motivation to do the same that much more intense as we feed off your “light at the end of the tunnel” photos.

  9. Sandra says:

    Sleepless — It’s so nice to hear from you!! And thanks for giving me credit for inspiring you — because many things about you inspire ME! Take care, friend.

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