There’s nothing like completing a project! That sense of accomplishment is so energizing and propels you to the next thing. Even more, decluttering a space that was causing daily stress has made my life so much better!
Your home is living space, not storage space.Francine Jay
When I walk into my closet, I feel so much more peace. I can easily see my clothes, and picking out something to wear feels like I’m visiting a friend. Before, I felt overwhelmed, annoyed, and frustrated. I had no incentive to keep my closet tidy, and putting outfits together was hard. There were never enough hangers or space to put things. Getting dressed took forever, and I frequently overlooked items I loved.
Step 1: Edit, Edit, And Edit Again.
The absolute most important step in this process is to ruthlessly edit. I did a huge edit in January, but I needed to eliminate more things again in July. The crazy part — I’m still editing! Just yesterday I added more items to the donation bin. It feels so good. I might even like getting rid of things more than buying them! My husband would argue that’s not true… Maybe not, but it is certainly becoming that way.
It feels so good to get rid of the visual clutter, and when I look into my closet, I absolutely love everything I see. Now that I’ve edited things down to my absolute favorites, the items that don’t belong there stick out like a sore thumb!
Discard everything that does not spark joy.Marie Kondo
I have a bin in the back of my closet for things to donate. It also helps because I have a week or two to decide to take the item back out of the bin. The decision to let it go a lot easier because it’s not final yet. It may seem like you’re letting go of a lot of things, but organizers estimate that most of us only wear 20% of the clothes we own. Trust me, you won’t miss it!
Step 2: Install Great Lighting
We have lived with terrible lighting in this closet for years. Why?! It was not expensive or time consuming to install new lights that are both beautiful and functional. It feels so luxurious to have pretty lights, and it cost me much less than a new designer handbag.
Clutter is the enemy of clarity.Julia Cameron
I linked all of the organizers and lighting I used in this post, or you can find it on my Like to Know It post here. Keep in mind that those are affiliate links, and I’ll get a small commission — but only if you purchase something while the link is active in your browser.
Step 3: Make It Beautiful
This is the fun part, at least for me. I decided on a gorgeous mauve color, Cheslea Mauve by SW, as an accent in the closet. I wanted to use wallpaper, but nothing felt right. I haven’t decorated my master bedroom or bathroom yet, and I wanted those spaces to feel cohesive. Thankfully, Mr. Bayou is cool with pink in his closet!
I started by painting the ceiling, but I felt like it actually emphasized the attic door in the middle of the ceiling — not my preferred focal point! I ended up bringing the color down to the top shelf and around the door and back wall. It adds a small impact, and it makes the white shelving pop. I touched up the scuffs and scratches on the shelving, painted the closet rods white, and added a layer of finishing wax to protect heavily used surfaces, like the closet rods and shoe organizer.
When you invite people into your home, you invite them to see yourself.Oprah Winfrey
Step 4: Organization
We want to jump to this step, but it’s actually the least important. Once I edited my stuff, I didn’t need to buy a ton of organizers. I purchased some accessory organizers, hooks, and a few more bins. Everything is linked here.
I am so happy to have this completed! It was a lot of work, but I am inspired to tackle the next space. I’m not a big fan of “should” statements, but I’ll leave you with this: Your home should serve you well, and you should love being in it.
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