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Weekly Organization Tip 2 – How to Tackle Your Organization Nightmare

Weekly Organization Tip Week 2

How to Tackle Your Organization Nightmare

Is there one place in your home that frightens you? A place that makes you feel overwhelmed and anxious? A place that you consider a nightmare? Truth be told, I have a couple of those spaces in my home and this week I put my big girls pants on and tackled one. Let me preface this post by saying this reorganization was not planned. It happened because it was too cold to do anything outside and organization bug hit me and I decided to face my nightmare and because I have been putting it off for so long, I jumped when the mood hit me. And because of that, there are no before pictures and I apologize for that, but take it from me, that even though this is a very small space, I am ashamed to say it was a hot mess. Don’t judge me…I have always said we are all in this together. 🙂 And since I tackled one of my nightmare spaces, I want to show you that you can do it too.

The space I’m discussing today is my hall coat closet. It was an overcrowded, disorganized mess and because it houses all of our coats, gloves, some heavy sweatshirts for both hubs and me, It was packed to the fullest. And did I mention it is a tight space?

As always, the first step was to pull everything out of the closet and begin again. I started with the top shelves. I laid out all of the gloves and caps that were just thrown up on the shelves without any order. I found I had must have had 8 pairs of white gloves and about 6 pairs of black and a variety of other colors. That was overkill so I decided to keep 2 pairs of each color and to gift the others to my local CCF. Then I pulled all of hubs’ caps and placed them in front of him while he was watching a game and asked him to discard the ones that were less than perfect or that he no longer needed. I was proud of him for letting go of a few because it is usually like pulling teeth to get him to purge. It would seem that everything that has a hole in it, stains on it or is all stretched out is comfortable and very special.

Once I had the items I wanted to keep, I pulled out one of my many wicker baskets to hold the gloves and another to hold hub’s caps. I also wrapped a cardboard box in attractive contact paper to hold odds and ends and the shelves are now organized and lo and behold I can actually see the shelves. 🙂

Basket for Caps                          Basket for Gloves

Next, I pulled out all of the coats, jackets and sweatshirts. That may not look like much but the closet is deceiving because it’s deep and there are double rods, one behind the other. I purged 5 coats/jackets although now that I think about it, I could get rid of a couple more. I only kept them for sentimental reasons (kinda like hubs) but they are either a little tight or not really stylish any longer. I think I will pull them out once I’m done with this article. Note: I did purge 4 more jackets when I finished this article…yay me!!!

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I used the non-slip hangers I am so very fond of, for most of the coats, jackets and sweatshirts. However, I did have to double them for the heaviest coats. I put the ones we wear the most often in front and ones less worn in the rear because they are a bit more difficult to get to. You can purchase the hangers here.

 

 

Full Closet

Looky, looky. I can get to all of my coats. Even the ones in the back are less awkward to reach. As you can tell, it’s a very narrow closet but now the hangers are not tight and I can actually move the hangers around to reach coats hung in back. And once I get rid of a few more coats the space will be even more organized.

I added over-the-door hooks for damp coats when it rains or extra storage and the project is complete. It’s not one of those showroom closets but it is organized, clean and uncluttered and once I donate a few more coats, it will be even better. If I can tackle one of my nightmare spaces this week, so can you. Choose one and dive right in. You will be glad you did when the project is complete.

So what’s your scary space in your home? What makes it scary? Will you tackle it soon? Need some help, encouragement to get started or advice? Contact me. I’ll help you through it.

Until next time…Happy Organizing.

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Organization Tip 2 – How to Tackle Your Organization Nightmare

  1. […] We are always talking about organization and we are thriving on good organization tips. Well at least I am and I’m dragging you along with me. So after organizing my coat closet I was doing my general cost analysis for the project as I do with every project. I generally give myself a budget ahead of time, however, the closet project kinda just happened so I had to backtrack. If you missed the post you can find it  here. […]

  2. […] completed a coat closet purge and reorganization last month and at the time, I thought I had done a good job. But during […]

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