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Thread: Closet Month: Want to Join me?

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    Closet Month: Want to Join me?

    I'm declaring this "Closet Month" in my house. Tis the season to make clothing switch-a-roos, clear out unwanted accessories, replace hangers I don't like, trash the obvious junk, donate the rest, and that's just the bedroom closets! There's also a hall closet, linen closet, and craft closet (yowsa!). I have a challenge ahead of me, but I so need to do this.

    Thankfully my son's senior class is having a fundraiser; one of the local thrift store pays non-profits for donations of saleable items that can fit into small boxes and trash bags. That's incentive.

    Would anyone like to join me in the Closet Month challenge? You pick as few or as many closets as you'd like to clean out and spruce up.

    Before, During, and After pictures are highly recommended. No judgment here. The Before pictures are actually very motivating, the During pictures are proof of progress, and the Afters? They speak for themselves! We'll be cheerleaders for each other as we dig in (or dig out??).

    Declare a closet and let's get going. I'm starting with my bedroom closet as it's the most aggravating to me and hubby at the moment (although he hasn't said so, bless his heart). My goal is to finish by the end of this week. Then my son's closet, with his help. Then my craft closet.

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    ​I switch my clothes out from the front to back seasonally but I haven't done a purge in a while. Just finished cleaning the house today and I have no ambition to start on my closets.

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    Sorry but that is what I did this summer. I have one of those small but deep closet with a slanted roof. There is nothing on the floor all the way to the back. It felt good to get that done

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    Quote Originally Posted by donac View Post
    Sorry but that is what I did this summer. I have one of those small but deep closet with a slanted roof. There is nothing on the floor all the way to the back. It felt good to get that done
    Congratulations! That's a job. But yes, it feels good when it's finished.

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    Thanks for mentioning this. I was just thinking that it's time to start. The weather has turned enough so that I'm not wearing short sleeved shirts or capris anymore. Time to figure out what to keep and what to pitch. Don't know if I can get into DH's closet, though. He is very attached to his junk! I keep a box in the car that is destined for the Salvation Army once it's full. Guess I'll be going soon.

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    I live between two homes, On my way! May to October and the other home during the winter. They both need a good purging so I will gladly participate in Closet Month as I prepare to move off the island. I have a lot of summer clothes that have faded, gotten stained and a few that no longer fit. Thanks Zozee for posting.
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    Always a fun project. We moved to another state several years ago and got rid of a lot of things. The current house is a little bigger and has a walkout basement. The previous owner had built some nice shelves down there so we have plenty of room. But the feeling of no clutter or crowding of anything is really nice so thumbs up on the project! I also keepna donation bag goungnin my closet to keep up with things
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    I cleaned by bedroom closet out last week and had six trash bags of clothing to donate...I still have another closet in the spare room where I keep my winter sweatshirts and sweaters. Will tackle that one maybe this week and drop off on my shopping day. The hall closet for the bathroom is another project that needs to be done. My sewing room closet (tiny under the staircase type) was done this past year.

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    I cleaned mine on Labor Day! 4 big bags were donated! Yesterday I tackled my sewing room and found a few things that now need to be finished. I really love looking at all the fabrics I have collected and I still love every scrap!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    That's what I have been doing this summer... only I'm cleaning out every nook, cranny, drawer, closet, file, and picture since time began. I can't believe how much trash and donations that have left here.

    This week I got out three plastic bins that were full of precious baby items from 42 years ago. They were pristine when I put them there... not so much now. I had to throw most of it out. It hurts my heart, but I don't want to saddle my children with unneccessary stuff when I go. I did that with my mother. We had a week to bury her and get anything out of her house that we wanted to keep. Anything that didn't fit in the car went into the trash. I still wish I had more time to go through that stuff.

    I'm dividing up the pictures with the kids and childhood friends that I haven't seen in decades.

    I found my baby book, and it had the address of where I lived when I was two years old. I have no memories of the house, so for my birthday next month, my BFF is going to drive me by there to see it and take pictures to share with my brother. It was a two-story townhouse with 880 square feet of space. They must have been tiny rooms! These homes were built post WWII to house the soldiers who were coming back from the war.

    Oh the nostalgia!... but my closets look very spacious and lonely. Now the goal is not to fill them up again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mkotch View Post
    Thanks for mentioning this. I was just thinking that it's time to start. The weather has turned enough so that I'm not wearing short sleeved shirts or capris anymore. Time to figure out what to keep and what to pitch. Don't know if I can get into DH's closet, though. He is very attached to his junk! I keep a box in the car that is destined for the Salvation Army once it's full. Guess I'll be going soon.
    I donít mess with my hubbyís stuff either, other than to ask him if thereís anything he can part with because Iím bagging up donations. I set a deadline, donít nag, and just do what I can. He can usually pick one or two shirts to get rid of.

    Itís funny that heís the clothes horse, not me But I have more shoes and accessories, journals, keepsakes, camera equipment and miscellany in the closet. He has two dressers but I donít want one . All my in-season clothes are in the walk-in closet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoore View Post
    I live between two homes, On my way! May to October and the other home during the winter. They both need a good purging so I will gladly participate in Closet Month as I prepare to move off the island. I have a lot of summer clothes that have faded, gotten stained and a few that no longer fit. Thanks Zozee for posting.
    Nothing like having to pack up and move stuff from pillar to post! Makes us realize all the crap we have but donít need. Youíve probably gotten good at keeping clutter down, knowing that in 6 months youíre gonna be deciding what to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    I cleaned mine on Labor Day! 4 big bags were donated! Yesterday I tackled my sewing room and found a few things that now need to be finished. I really love looking at all the fabrics I have collected and I still love every scrap!
    You put the labor in Labor Day! 4 big bags is a lot! Iím sure you can really tell the difference and it feels great. Unlike you, though, when it comes to scraps, I donít love every one. I am so done with many which is why I have giveaways on here. Enjoy your freed up real estate in your closet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JENNR8R View Post
    That's what I have been doing this summer... only I'm cleaning out every nook, cranny, drawer, closet, file, and picture since time began. I can't believe how much trash and donations that have left here.

    This week I got out three plastic bins that were full of precious baby items from 42 years ago. They were pristine when I put them there... not so much now. I had to throw most of it out. It hurts my heart, but I don't want to saddle my children with unneccessary stuff when I go. I did that with my mother. We had a week to bury her and get anything out of her house that we wanted to keep. Anything that didn't fit in the car went into the trash. I still wish I had more time to go through that stuff.

    I'm dividing up the pictures with the kids and childhood friends that I haven't seen in decades.

    I found my baby book, and it had the address of where I lived when I was two years old. I have no memories of the house, so for my birthday next month, my BFF is going to drive me by there to see it and take pictures to share with my brother. It was a two-story townhouse with 880 square feet of space. They must have been tiny rooms! These homes were built post WWII to house the soldiers who were coming back from the war.

    Oh the nostalgia!... but my closets look very spacious and lonely. Now the goal is not to fill them up again!
    I can relate to going thru every nook and crannyóI have been methodically doing that on and off for a couple years but now more vigorously since my hubby wants to retire in Dec 2020 and downsize in 2021. Our kids are minimalists and donít want our stuff.

    Iím sorry you had so little time to go through your momís things after she died. Itís been hard enough going through my momís stuff but Iíve had 2 years and all my sistersís help when theyíre in town. My dad is at a point he wants to get rid of a lot. Huge townhouse and a very full basement. Oy. I tackle a little at a time .

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    Yesterday I made headway. But it was too hot to do as much as I wanted (canít try on winter clothes when sweating). So I dealt with half my hanging clothes. Difficult to part with The periwinkle Mother of the Groom dress that a friend made for me and the black dress I wore to my momís funeral. But I will never wear the wedding one again, and black is too stark for me so I will let it go. Maybe. I do love how it feels on me...haha! Easy to part with anything too tight, itchy, doesnít hide my tummy, etc.

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    Keeping a box in the car for donations is a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Yesterday I made headway. But it was too hot to do as much as I wanted (can’t try on winter clothes when sweating). So I dealt with half my hanging clothes. Difficult to part with The periwinkle Mother of the Groom dress that a friend made for me and the black dress I wore to my mom’s funeral. But I will never wear the wedding one again, and black is too stark for me so I will let it go. Maybe. I do love how it feels on me...haha! Easy to part with anything too tight, itchy, doesn’t hide my tummy, etc.
    I didn't let go of my black funeral dress... because one never knows when it will be needed again.

    I have different sizes of clothes and decided to get rid of everything that I didn't love when I was that size.

    And then there are the clothes that I know I'll never be small enough to fit into again, but kept anyway, because of the memories.

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    I lost 30 something pounds and kept it off for about four years. My friends kept saying that I needed get rid of my big clothes so I did. I think I started gaining weight the next day and now some of my new clothes donít fit. Is this an example of Murphyís law?

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    I'm already in! I've been moving sewing room from one bedroom to another. I have the WIC cleaned of the new destination room and filling it with things from the other. I'm sending lots of knit fabrics to an organization that will use them in baby layettes. As I clean out the old closet under the stairs, I plan on using that one for Christmas decorations and extra folding chairs/tables. Then the Christmas closet will hold my flimsies and batting and backing pieces. Hope to have it all ready for Thanksgiving. I do clean out my broom closet regulary...clothes, coat and long storage closets will be on the list after sewing relocation.
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    Wow, oksew. What a humongous overhaul! Sounds like youíve pit a lot of thought and energy into all the changes already! Keep it up! Youíre inspiring me!

    Today I cleaned my dadís house, and included pulling out a lot of my momís clothes from an upstairs closet to sell or donate. She had great style. Iíve been able to wear several pieces.

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    I am in. . . Just have to figure out how, where, when! This is something i really want to do but I can’t seem to rally and do it! My thoughts were to clean out before my 60th birthday, which is now only 1 month away! I have to get motivated!!!!

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    Yay, Fizzle! Glad youíre in! Which closet do you most want to clean out?

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    I once had a friend who said she had 3 sets of clothes in different sizes. Her weight fluctuated so often she felt she needed those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    I once had a friend who said she had 3 sets of clothes in different sizes. Her weight fluctuated so often she felt she needed those.
    I can understand that, especially given that the clothing industry doesn't have sizing standards. High-end clothing manufacturers will always label their clothing smaller to appeal to ego. Low end is a bit more consistent but still, not unusual to have a closet that spans 3 sizes. Besides, if youíre prone to fall/winter weight gain, some of us call the largest our hibernation size!

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    My parents have been gone 6 and 15 years, respectively, and I am just today going through old paperwork. Shredding, tossing or keeping. I think closets would be a good next project, so I'm in!

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