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ASSIGNMENT #9: Closets and Remaining Storage Spaces

Now we all know that the closet part of “organization” can really freaking stink. Cause of course this is where we all shove stuff when we need to get it out-of-the-way!

First of all get those garbage bags and laundry baskets ready.

1. Let me give you permission to CHUCK IT ALL. Really, if you haven’t put your hands on it in the past six months, you don’t need it. Really. You don’t need six sets of sheets for the same bed! You don’t need towels that are mangled and completely worn! Look at what is in there. And trust me, if you are having to shove and wedge stuff in, you have too much for the space you’re living in.

(Hint: If you happen to be living in an old house that has those completely pitiful closets, consider getting those plastic bins that slide underneath your bed! I keep all of our linens under the bed they belong to. Including extra blankets – it always stinks if you’re staying in someone else’s home at night, and you’re freezing and have to pry through their house at 2am looking for blankets. And see, instantly prepped for guests!)

So, sort and purge. Purge, purge, purge. Donate, Donate, Donate.

2. Remember our “like goes with like” principle. Organize remaining items in your closets so it will be easier for your packers. Plus, when you get to your new location, being organized now will make life easier when you have to un-pack.

3. Lather, rinse, and repeat this process through ALL of your closets AND your storage spaces. For some of you, this might be your garage, your basement, your storage bin, attic storage space, etc.

Somewhere in this process you’re going to come across your holiday decorations. At the very least get all of your decoration bins in one place and clearly labeled. I’m not suggesting that you sort each of these bins right now! That is a huge challenge project for another time! But, if you see stuff that you haven’t put out in years and is clearly falling apart or no longer your style, or you put aside to get rid of “later,” feel free to toss or donate it now!

And as always, DON’T GET BOGGED DOWN! Keep it moving along, and push through! If you are thinking too much, just make a decision and keep going. 

Next up: The “Office” Space! (Not the TV show, unfortunately)

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