Oh boy, this project was eye-opening for me. I definitely applied many, if not most of the steps to organizing a space.
I have adopted more of minimalist mindset on this project. One day, I took a really good look at my bedroom closet and I found it more challenging to find clothing items for myself and the baby. I suddenly asked why I had all of these clothes from college that I don’t wear and why do I have five suitcases that I don’t use. There were so many whys that I realized they were getting in the way of a play space for my baby. That was more than enough motivation for me. Most of his equipment from infancy were stacked along the wall of our bedroom because there wasn’t space for it in the junk-piled bedroom closet. Some of the basic steps to organizing are:
1. Make the decision to declutter your space. Simply re-arranging items only moves the clutter to a new space.
2. Detach sentimentality from most clothing and items. I say “most” items because I think it is fine to keep a couple of items that for example, a relative hand-crafted as a gift for you. A minimalist mindset enabled me to keep only five outfits per season plus five business outfits. This was by far the most difficult decision but I have had no regrets.
3. Categorize items by type. Clothing, photos, bags, hair tools, shoes can be separated and piled outside of the closet to see exactly what was in the closet. Most of us will be surprised by the number of things we have when it’s right in front of us.
4. Put items in trash bags and Goodwill bags that you absolutely don’t use or cannot fit. This step proved to be easy for me because for instance, I no longer could fit my head or shoulders into one of my shirts, which was comical.
5. Gather storage containers for the items going back into your closet.
Here are the before and after photos.