A Peek In My Closet

This past weekend I took on a project to clean out, declutter and organize my closet. I also did the same in our bedroom, bathroom and my office which is connected to our bedroom. I either donated, found a new place or stored the unwanted items. It feels so good to get that done. I always envision our house lifting up a bit from the weight being taken out. I know, silly, but, it helps.

I had a couple of people say that I should blog about my closet. I thought, that would be crazy, who wants to see that and it’s not that amazing. I have collected photos of closets that look like boutiques with the glass cabinets for clothes and all the pull out drawers for jewelry and sunglasses, etc. Oh, also a large round bench in the middle with a chandelier over it. I love looking at closet designs and dreaming, but, you got to go with what you got, right?

Now remember, I love everything! If it’s shiny and glittery, I love it! If it’s feminine and modest, I love it! I am trying to be much more intentional on my purchases as I love to shop. I have a different closet where I keep my off season clothing and I also have a space where I’m hanging on to some things that I can’t let go of as I’m hoping to fit into them soon! I have a time limit and if I don’t, they have to go as I don’t have much room to hang on to too much. Yes, the struggle is real. I know the saying that if you can’t wear it now, get rid of it. I have gotten rid of plenty, but, there are a few things, that I just love and they keep me motivated to keep working on my plan. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’ve had fun decorating my closet with books on fashion and beauty, jewelry, bags and wall art. I enjoy going in my closet as it is peaceful to me and I like seeing the things that make me smile. We painted the walls a hunter green color. I love all shades of green. We hung a chandelier in the center of the ceiling and replaced the long fluorescent lights with little crystal chandeliers.

This is a picture before I cleaned out and organized. It shows the lighting better and how I have containers on top shelves for out of season bags and shoes. I also have little cloth organizers for specialty things like small purses, wallets, etc.
Brighton Jewelry used to have a line called My Flat In London. I loved their bags and jewelry. I couldn’t resist collecting their bags. I’m sad that My Flat In London is no longer available. Trust me, it was all so cute and fun!

I made my own jewelry box out of one of the cabinets in my closet. That third drawer down is the only drawer that hasn’t been organized and cleaned out. Maybe I’ll get to it today.
I had this piece of art that has glittery lip sticks on it and it was the perfect size to cover up a little window above the shelf. So, I had to decorate the shelf, right? Yes, I love watches! These are some that I have that I don’t wear often. I have a feather duster that I dust things in my closet on a regular basis! Yes, I dust jewelry.
I love this picture of our granddaughter when she was very young. It makes me smile!
Turquoise! Can you have enough?
Who doesn’t love pearls?
This shelf is at front of closet and my vanity is right on other side, so I store hair products so they are easy to reach. I’m in the process of using up what I have. Yes, my hobby is trying out hair products. We must have a discussion soon on hair.

I saw this piggy bank and had to have it. On the side it has crystal Chanel logo. I actually fill it with coins. I may need to go shopping with it all someday.

Isn’t this the cutest bag? I had to share!

One of my favorite verses.

So there you go, my closet! Out of all the fun and all the fashion and bling; none of it matters if you don’t portray a heart filled with the love of Christ. We are representatives of the One who created us, loves us and He is our only hope. I’m thankful that as a young teen I put my faith in Jesus and He gave me a new life. When we get dressed each day, putting on the full armor of God and heading out to be a light in the world is the most important of all. I think my armor has a little bling on it by the way. You may not like bling at all and that is fine. We are all different. The one thing we all have in common is that we are all in need of a Savior. I so hope you have had a life change from the King of Kings. If you have any questions about who Jesus is and wondering what I’m talking about, click here.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against ]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17

Until next time,

Organized and Clutter Free In 2020….

You knew that the organization post was coming, didn’t you? I love organizing and I work at it all the time. The last couple of years, I have unintentionally let some things pile up in places that are easily hidden. You know the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” For me, this is true. So, I’ve been busy weeding out some things and organizing. I am making sure that every nook and cranny (don’t you love that saying?) is completely clutter free and organized.

I began in our bedroom. Every drawer was completely cleaned out and I had a throw away pile, get rid of pile and a pile to put elsewhere. When I finished with that, I cleaned from top to bottom. Then I moved on to the bathroom and closet. This took longer as I love…..”stuff!” Clothes, jewelry, make-up, skin care and just stuff…..woowee! I got it done though and it feels so good to know that everything that is lurking in my closet, cabinets and drawers are exactly what I want, need and use. Everything else is gone.

I’m doing this same process throughout our entire house. It may take me awhile, but, I’ll get it done and oh, how nice it will be to finish. Whenever I get rid of things, I picture in my mind our house raising up a little bit with the weight taken out. 🙂

When I’m clutter free and organized, I think better and I can enjoy life a little bit better. If I know that I have a pile of something that needs to be dealt with, I can’t concentrate on anything else. So for my peace of mind, I have to de-clutter and organize.

Something that I also do is I keep a spiral notebook with me when I work on projects. I have a page for each room of our home. As I am working on a cabinet or drawer or even cleaning and I see something that I need to do in that room at a later time, I write it down. Such as, I want to redecorate one of my rooms, so I made a list of my goals for that room. Another room, a cabinet knob needs replacing. I write it on my list so I’ll be sure and get it ordered. I’m a huge list maker. Once I get something on a list and out of my brain, I think better and I don’t become overwhelmed. If I just remember to read my list, I’ll be good to go!

I help my mom with her house, so I have a journal for her house as well and I have one for our get away home. Hey, it keeps me out of trouble! (sometimes)

I caught a bad cold after Christmas and when I finally got my Christmas decor down, I stacked it in my Christmas closet in our garage and sad to say, not very orderly. I have a large walk-in closet that is just for my Christmas decorations. Well, as time went on I just couldn’t get the energy to finish packing it all away and it seemed overwhelming to me. I knew of two young ladies that help people with organizing and I called them. They came over and it took them about 6 hours to organize all of my Christmas. It is now all color coded and labeled. That was the best gift I have given myself in a long time. I love it and was so thankful for their help!

My main areas that I tend to let get cluttered and messy are:

Books – You would think I was a genius by my book collection!

Magazines – I love magazines and dream of being the perfect cook, seamstress, decorator and stylist.

Clothes – What can I say? I love clothes.

Jewelry – Ditto on jewelry. Sorry, not sorry!

Make-Up/Skincare – Again, you would think I knew what I was doing in this department. Always looking for the magic formula! What can I say?

My Office File Drawers – I’m always writing and doing research on something and I tend to stack a few things here and there.

My Craft Room and Closet – You would think I was Martha Stewart. Not!

I have to stay on top of these areas or it will get out of control very fast. I seem to do pretty good everywhere else.

Did you notice, I don’t have any issues in the kitchen? The most organized room in the house. I wonder why?

Matter of fact, I need to finish this blog post and get started on my kitchen cabinets. ( I probably need to dust the dishes or something.)

If you are decluttering and organizing for the new year, keep on and don’t stop until you are finished. You will be so glad you did.

One more thing in the cleaning department. At the first of the new year I replace all of my mops, buckets, brooms, sponges and toilet bowl brushes. Fresh start for a fresh beginning. I also keep cleaning supplies for each bathroom under the cabinet in each bathroom. I have a main cabinet in my laundry room where I keep supplies as well. I just couldn’t get into carrying a cleaning caddy throughout the house. When my cleaning supplies are in every room, I can clean a bathroom at a moments notice and not have to drag supplies around. I also found that a basket or a lazy susan works great to hold all the cleaning supplies in each bathroom/kitchen.

I love hearing from you on your organizing or cleaning tips. So feel free to share in the comments or an email.

It’s just mid January and look how good we are doing. We’ve covered:

Having a thankful heart and showing it in writing….

Letting the negativity go in 2020…..

and now….decluttering and organizing….

We are doing good! What could possibly be next? Any guesses?

An Idea To Get Your Closet Ready for 2017!

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Hi Friends!

Do you like to start the New Year by decluttering and getting organized?  I’ve already started on some decluttering.  I  love starting the New year by getting my house organized and cleaned from top to bottom!  One of the areas I have worked on this week is in my closet.  I think you might like the course, 27 Hangers to help you get organized and ready for the New Year!  27 Hangers was developed by Shari Braendel and is an online academy of learning that takes you step by step of how to have 27 items in your closet for each season.  If you struggle with too many clothes and trying to find something to wear each day, this course will help.

The great news is… the cost is now $27.00!    I purchased mine several months ago and I’m going through it again for the New Year.

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Just click here and it will take you to a link to learn more!  If you decide to try it, I would love to hear how it works for you.

Happy New Year!  (and….happy closet organizing!)

If you would like to read my first post on 27 Hangers, you can click here!

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