I've completed another one of the 26 rooms/spaces/areas that I'm planning to deep clean, declutter, organize and (in some cases) redecorate in our home this year. This time I tackled the hall closet. It's the smallest closet in the house, but I had somehow crammed an amazing amount of stuff in there. So much, in fact, that I had to finagle everything around to get the vacuum cleaner in and out!
I should say here that I have a reputation for being very organized, so I was tempted not to share these before photos. However, to keep myself accountable and to hopefully encourage those of you who are also on a decluttering/organizing mission this year, I'm just going for it.
DEEP CLEANING: I started by completing emptying the closet, wiping down the shelves and walls and baseboards, and vacuuming the carpet.
DECLUTTERING: I had three containers with craft supplies (markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue) from my teaching days that I went through and combined into one container to use when I'm crafting with kids. I checked all the markers and glue sticks and threw out those that no longer worked. The extra containers went out on the container shelf in the garage. Then I sorted through everything else and found several items that could be donated to our local community outreach center.
ORGANIZING: This was meant to be a coat closet, but when we moved in I knew I was
going to just use it for storage. We had an extra bookcase that we
didn't need, but it was too long for this small closet. Luckily, I am
married to a very handy man who cut it down so it fits perfectly!
I began putting things back in the closet, this time stacking them neatly and taking advantage of the vertical space. (Yes, I did go through every container before returning it to the closet!)
Robbie had the brilliant idea to hang the step stool on the door so it wouldn't take up any of the limited floor space. Here's the final result with everything back in the closet.