Clean out closets, clean slate?

I recently posted about my plans to clean up my apartment in order to make space for what I really want in my life. I started slowly, but then used a few days of my vacation last week to finish all the major projects I wanted to accomplish. I spent a lot of time working to clean out closets. I don’t think my apartment has ever been so organized, and it feels so much better to be there. Here’s where the major overhauls took place!

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.

-Marie Kondo

Clothes

I used a few days of my vacation to clean out closets and get rid of things I no longer need. Here's where the major overhauls took place!

Newly organized drawer of jeans and shorts.

My walk-in closet and dresser were absolutely stuffed, and I had two full bins of clothes under the bed too. I was in a perpetual hanger shortage. I wasn’t wearing all of it, so I decided to be ruthless and get rid of everything I didn’t love any more. I started by pulling everything out of the closet and only putting the stuff I wear regularly and love back in. Then I did the same with each dresser drawer, and finally the boxes under the bed. The end result was that I have no more under bed storage, organized drawers and closet, and I donated six bags of clothes and one bag of shoes to charity.

Photos and mementos

I used a few days of my vacation to clean out closets and get rid of things I no longer need. Here's where the major overhauls took place!

Clockwise from top left: Vilnius, the Whitsundays, Germany, collage with Berlin, San Juan, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, and Trakai.

I had three tubs of photos, albums and random awards and certificates from school. I went through all of it, throwing away pictures of people I didn’t remember, certificates for awards that don’t matter to my adult life, and donating an entire box of certificate frames to charity. I put the remaining photos and mementos into photo albums and one very small box.

I also printed out some favorite photos from travel, framed them, and created a little gallery on my bedroom wall. It seems such a shame to only have my travel photos in albums or worse, on Facebook. This way, I can be reminded of the four continents I’ve visited so far!

Art

I used a few days of my vacation to clean out closets and get rid of things I no longer need. Here's where the major overhauls took place!

I painted all of this! A picture my brother painted is awaiting framing and will be joining the mix.

Another pile I’d been ignoring was a corner in the spare bedroom that was mostly art I hadn’t hung up yet. Now that I know I’m staying put another year, I decided to get everything up on the walls. I created yet another gallery wall in my spare bedroom with colorful paintings, and hung the remaining items around the house. No more piles of art in the corner!

Next projects

Now that I’ve made loads of space, I’ve got a few more projects to complete. I found my old pin collection (mostly the buttons you see for political campaigns and the like.) I’d like to do some kind of shadowbox project with those, though I’m not totally sure how to make it work. I see a trip to the craft store in my future!

I also just inherited a few new-to-me furniture items that I’m working on refinishing. I cleaned up an old dresser and painted it white, and now just need to get it from my mom’s house to mine. I’m thinking about doing some kind of cute detail work on the sides of the drawers and lining the insides.

I have a little end table that I’ve sanded but still need to paint. We also have an old metal cart that we’re going to try to turn into a bar cart, though it may be too rickety to make it work. Finally, I found two crates on my street with a free sign, and we’re going to turn those into a small bookshelf which will house all of the photo albums I just filled up. Funny thing about the crates – my mom noticed writing imprinted in the sides, and I could read “Cutty Sark” on one of them. I looked it up, and it turns out that it’s a Scotch from Glasgow. I love that these ended up in my possession.

I used a few days of my vacation to clean out closets and get rid of things I no longer need. Here's where the major overhauls took place!

Tanks and tees

Here’s hoping that I can keep this up, because I really like the organization. It is so much easier to find what I need in the dresser drawers!

Have you been inspired to clean out closets, or Konmari the heck out of your dresser now? Have you ever refinished furniture? I could use some tips and tricks! Tell me what you’re working on in the comments!

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