Saturday, May 24, 2008

Closet: before and after

We did make it berry-picking yesterday, and had a lovely time. But first I have to show you my organized closet! (It's all about priorities...)

My mom came over again this afternoon to see what I needed help with. (I definitely needed help. Despite the transformation you're about to see, I have much transforming left to do in the parts of the house that will actually be SEEN by Monday night's company.) Apparently my clean fridge had inspired her to do some organizing at home, and she was on a roll. I was happy to be in her path. :)

Here's the before:

Somehow everything had gotten completely mixed up since the last time I did this. Swimming suits were hiding among skeins of yarn and toilet paper, and I couldn't even get the doors closed all the way. Blankets were scattered around the living room because I couldn't squish them in. And outdoor toys and totes were piling up in the corner behind the door on the right.

And then, as if by magic...!

Isn't it beautiful? On Thursday I sorted yarn and craft supplies into separate tubs, put all the swimming stuff together, all the camping stuff together, and gave the toilet paper and baby wipes their own tub. Today we refolded all the blankets, sheets and towels, and pulled out six Trader Joe's bags worth of stuff to donate to Goodwill. That was the hard part for me -- deciding what to part with. My mom was my objective perspective!

Have I mentioned that I really like order and organization? Even if I'm not so good at maintaining it!


Emily said...

Oh my gosh, that is incredible!! It looks AMAZING!

Chile said...

Wow! Looks great, and I agree it really helps to have an objective perspective handy.

Totallyscrappy said...

Spiffy!! A clean closet and berry picking? You rock!

Heather said...

Wow! Inspirational-looks wonderful.

I've enjoyed browsing your blog :)

Galavanter said...

It's an odd illusion that your closet looks so much wider after you organized it.

This is the sort of thing I do when I have people coming over, too - re-organize some part of the house they would never see - and leave the pile of stuff right in the living room where they will spend the entire time! (I see you didn't do THAT, but I do relate to the micro-organizing.)

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