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Thursday, January 13, 2011

52 Weeks of Organizing: Entryway Closet

Closets are my nemesis. They make it far too easy to haphazardly toss in random items, close the door, and run walk away from a mess or clutter I just don't want to deal with.

But their time as a feared enemy is over.

Last week I tackled the linen closet. This week I thought I'd do the pantry, but I'm still putting that one off. I never said I wasn't a procrastinator. So instead, I worked on our entryway/coat closet.

BEFORE

What a nightmare. Messy hangers. Unworn jackets (we do live in Texas after all). Leftover home improvement project items strewn about. Cobwebs (eek!).

The process:
  • Remove all items from closet
  • Return out of place items (light bulbs? wall texture? weather stripping?) to their proper home (ahem, the garage)
  • Sort through jackets and put no longer needed items in giveaway pile
  • Vacuum those corners and the shelf (yuck)
  • Replace mismatched hangers with matching black ones
  • Discard flimsy hangers that have no business staying in the house
  • Neatly rehang coats
AFTER

It's much better now, but I still don't feel like it's reaching its full potential. Haha! I'm hoping this closet will become the new home of the gift wrapping station that currently resides in the guest room (soon-to-be nursery), so now at least there's freed up space, and I don't get stressed out grabbing my coat in this uncharacteristically cold Texas January.

7 comments:

joyceandnorm said...

I wish we even had an entryway closet. *sigh* I haven't done one of orgjunkie's challenges in a long time but I think I need to get on it.

Krajcimama said...

Very nice - I dread doing my closets because they have really become dumping grounds for everything but I know it has to be done soon.

I've also been putting off my pantry - but think I'm going to tackle that in the next few weeks. :)

Thanks for sharing you pics and steps. I'm finding that visiting all of these sites has been really motivational!

Alexandra @Talking Dollars And Cents said...

Great job with the closet! My entryway closet is on my list too and I have not been looking forward to organizing it. Thanks for sharing your steps.

Carol said...

I did my front hall closet this week too! Great job.

Elle said...

What you own, soon owns you. LOL. Great job on the closet. I hate all my closets. Stuff just gets shoved and put there with no thought whatsoever. UGH. Glad you are getting there.

Samantha said...

Great job on the hall closet! I always think I JUST went through the stuff in our hall closet but when I do I find kid's coats that are three sizes too small!

Samantha

allysgrandma said...

Great job! I Ineed to put the hall closet on my list.