Project: Simplify ’11: master closet results

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and is currently traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Welcome back to Project: Simplify! How did it feel to devote a week’s worth of energy to your wardrobe? Refreshing? Frustrating? A bit of both?

If you were like me, you worked in five minute spurts. You pulled out everything from your sock drawer, then had to go change a diaper. A little later, you photographed your sweaters, and then had to finish dinner while helping your daughter spell words for her story.

Such is life for a parent and home manager. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I truly enjoyed working on my wardrobe this week, separating the wheat from the chaff. This is a process I do about every six months, so thankfully, it only takes me a few hours all together. I find that when I do a little at a time, throughout the seasons, streamlining my wardrobe becomes a much simpler, almost cathartic process.

Here are a few more tips to help keep your wardrobe free from unnecessary clutter.

1. Keep a list of what you’d like to have.

You know what it’s like… You’re getting dressed for church or a date with your husband, and you think, “I really wish I had a short-sleeved shirt in blue.” But when you’re actually in the store, you’re overwhelmed and your brain flatlines.

Jot down a few items on your wish list — keep it practical, of course — and tuck it in your purse. Then when you’re out, you’ll have a better chance of remembering what you do need, and not accidentally bring home a 12th pair of khaki shorts.

2. Flip the hangers.

Several of you mentioned this on Monday, and I had completely forgotten about this trick (so thank you for the reminder). If you’re not sure whether you truly do wear an item, flip the hanger around. Leave it that way until you wear it. If it’s still flipped backwards the next time you declutter your closet (in six months or so), you don’t wear it. Chances are, you don’t need it.

Mandi had a great idea and turned all her hangers around, so she could see how often she wears everything. As she says in her vlog, most of us tend to wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time.

3. Keep the self-esteeming clothes in eyesight.

I used to think that if I kept my jeans from college in plain view, I’d be motivated to get back in shape so I could wear them again. Instead, it depressed me.

If you’re pregnant, just had a baby, or breastfeeding, it’s okay that a lot of your clothes don’t fit well. As mamas, our bodies ebb and flow throughout the seasons. We were made that way. Tuck those clothes you think you’ll wear again eventually out of immediate view — either farther back on the dowel rod, or folded and tucked on the upper shelf.

Don’t store them so far out of sight you forget about them. Just tuck them away so that when you open your closet door, you first see your happy clothes.

4. Invest in better, not more.

This is a mantra throughout my whole book, and you’ll hear me say it more than once during Project: Simplify. Go for quality over quantity! I’d rather have two pair of jeans that fit me perfectly than ten that fit me so-so.

If you have ten pairs, chances are you grab the same two anyway.

This is challenging for me sometimes, since I love thrift store shopping and get 90 percent of my clothing there. If an item nearly fits, or is almost your color, don’t buy it. It’s not worth the precious real estate in your closet.

My before and after

So here you have it.

My closet, before:

My stuff is on the left; Kyle’s is on the right.

Here’s a close-up of my clothes.

Here’s my jammies drawer.

And here are my shoes.

And my closet, after:

As you can see, Kyle has yet to do his side. We’re not perfect around here, by any means.

Here’s a close up of my side, where you can see some of my hangers turned. And yes, I arranged my clothes roy-g-bivly.

The jammies drawer.

Here’s another drawer.

And here are my shoes and purses, after (I only got rid of two pair). I had a certain three-year-old that insisted he help.

And here’s my stash headed to the thrift store:

Now it’s your turn!

You don’t have to publish as many photos, by any means. Just a simple before-and-after shot is great — as many or as few are perfect, but in order to link up, you do need at least one before and one after photo.

Share your progress by linking below. Click the blue button that says “Add your link,” and follow the instructions. Copy and paste your blog post’s URL (NOT your blog’s home page — it should look like this: http://theartofsimple.net/closet-before-and-after, not like this: http://theartofsimple.net).

If you don’t have a blog, no problem! Submit your photos to the Simple Living Flickr pool, and then come back to link to your ‘before’ photo below. Copy and paste the photo’s URL.

I will leave the link submission space open throughout Project: Simplify (which ends on April 8), so even if you aren’t able to finish your master closet for a few weeks, you are welcome to share your link between now and the end date. However, to be eligible for this week’s giveaway, you must submit your link before this Sunday, March 13 at 8 a.m. CST.

And what is this week’s giveaway? Let me refresh your memory…

Cleanse Your Life

Simple Mom contributor Lisa Byrne, my favorite health coach and mama of three, is starting a new, LIVE, six-week class called Cleanse Your Life. This is a program designed for moms who are ready to feel vital flowing energy again, move past weight loss plateaus, and regain clarity of focus and thought.

The class will last two weeks, and each module will come with a pdf workbook that has worksheets, exercises, recipes and complete resource lists, so all the background work is done for you — which frees you up to actually do the cleanse and feel the results.

The immersion delivery schedule will allow you to make major progress is establishing your detailed plan while giving you ample opportunities to ask questions and get personal coaching along the way. You will also only need 20-30 minutes for each module — no need to do research, sort through lots of information or read long articles. Lisa did all the back end work for you and provides you a clear cut, streamlined way to create something personalized in a fraction of time.

I’m super excited about this new course. I’m in the middle of her Designed for Wellness class, and let me tell you — it’s life-changing. I love Lisa’s realistic, friendly approach to whole health.

One of you will win a coveted spot in Cleanse Your Life, valued at $129. It starts on March 21, so it’s a great way to start the spring season. And I’ll be joining you!

Alright, I’m psyched to see your progress! What was the hardest part of decluttering your wardrobe? Was there anything that was surprisingly easy?



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  1. I didn’t participate because I just did this when we moved, and my new closet is bigger than my first bedroom, so I don’t need to do any de-cluttering here… yet! But I am looking forward to seeing all the other closets!

  2. For me was a little frustrated because I couldn’t finished but I love it and I want to continue :D
    This week was crazy for me, and I don’t have so much time, I neeeeeeed be organizated :)

    This is my post: http://www.giozi.com/2011/03/project-simplify-hot-spot-1.html

  3. It’s funny that I started this whole thing by going on a shopping spree today. Whoops. It’s okay, though; I needed to restock from a very large donating spree I had a few weeks ago. Plus, having new clothes that look great on me makes me motivated to get rid of the stuff that isn’t up to par.

    I don’t have many clothes to begin with, but some can always go. I’ll be linking up later today.

    • I actually have a list of things I need to buy now! I think shopping is completely fine if it’s for things you truly need and would wear. :)

  4. The hardest part for me was actually getting started…it was all a piece of cake after that. I enjoyed it – it feels good to not hang on to so much. My favorite part is knowing that I can wear anything that is in my closet. I love that. I’m really looking forward to the next Hot Spot!! Bring it on!!

  5. This was soooo needed! Thanks for “making” me take some time to get myself organized FIRST.

  6. I am so thankful for this project, its the little (big) push that I needed! What a blessing!

    I was unable to view the link-up button for some reason? Not certain why, I’ll try again later… in the meantime here is the link to my post! Thanks!

    http://akstarrfamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify-hot-spot-1-closet.html

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    michelle says:

    Thanks. This has been great. I’m not done yet, and I already have one empty drawer in my dresser and half of my very small closet free! I’m psyched to bang out a couple more drawers today!

  8. Thanks for this! I gone through my closet a lot in the last 6 months but this process was so different. Trying on the clothes and being truly honest was very good for me. I couldn’t believe the piles I got rid of, I never would have guessed there was still so much in there that was either stained or just didn’t fit right. Thanks!

  9. Here’s mine!

    http://goodenoughmummy.typepad.com/good_enough_mum/2011/03/project-simplify-week-1.html

    I hope that comes out all right – I’m having some weird problem viewing the blog and I’m not sure if it’s the computer I’m on (at work) or if a server’s down. If it doesn’t work, please try giving it a click again later. I look forward to seeing how other people got on!

  10. A huge, HUGE thank you for this. Though it was a lot of work, I thank you for the nudge to do it. I actually had a chest in our closet of old pen-pal / boyfriend letters, cards and memories. I made myself go through that and part with the stuff. I’d wanted to do it for a while and never have. I feel great!!

    I also got rid of a TON of clothing that I just really don’t wear as a SAHM. My husband looked at my side of the closet and said, “Is that all the clothes you have. If they fit, why not keep them, they’re not going bad.” But I finally had the courage to tell myself, If you don’t wear them, don’t keep them! Hurray!

    Can I say the only annoying thing is that even clean purged closets don’t look quite as perfect as magazines’ closets always do. {sniff*sniff*}

    • Oh I know (about the purged closet photos)… I decided to throw that expectation out the window, though. 99% of the time, those photos of closets in magazines are staged. These are real. :)

  11. Hello! Just found this blog and am completely in love! The first post I read was the decluttering project, and I immediately went to my closet so that I could participate.

    I actually finished the whole project, but my youngest is three, so I didn’t have too many interruptions. In fact, both of my children enjoyed helping me out.

    I didn’t take pictures, but I purged literally half of my closet. One huge garbage bag full of clothes and 10 pairs of shoes went to the thrift store. One enormous box of books and a Gazelle are going to the yard sale fund raiser for my son’s school.

    And because the universe works in wonderful ways, my closet is now free to be used as a prayer sanctuary for my Lenten practice!

  12. This was such a good challenge to start with this week. My closet and wardrobe has become sorely neglected due to caregiving responsibilities and not making/taking the time for myself.

    After spending many hours cleaning such a tiny – yet important – part of the home, I’m excited to re-claim and enjoy that place in the home again. It made me very aware of how vital it is take care of myself…or I won’t be much good to anyone I am caring for (children or aging parents).

    Here’s the link with lots of pictures of what I did this week:

    http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify-wardrobe-and-closet.html

  13. I can’t wait to post my photos later today, although they don’t do justice to the actual change! My closet has been driving me crazy since we moved in here, oh…four years ago, so thanks for the motivation to finally get it in some order!

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    Allison Fambro says:

    This has been awesome! Bring on the next one!

  15. This was a great start project simplify! It feels great to look in my closet and know that every single thing in there fits. Gone are the pre-pregnancy size 6’s that just made me feel bad. Thanks!

  16. I’ve not finished as both the kids have a cold and that means the baby’s nap schedule is off cause the older isn’t at preschool, and lots of extra hugging needed. but I have 2 big bags to go to donate, a small bag of trash and I’ve been able to find and pack a couple of ‘decent’ outfits for our weekend visiting family because I can find the clothes that fit me well, and have rediscovered a couple of things I’d forgotten I had that fit too. I’m starting to take more pride in my appearance because I’m not just throwing on whatever is left in the drawer or (shamefully) taking things off the drying rack to put straight back on!

    I’m determined to get it finished up on monday so that next week I can take all our donations from this week and next’s to the charity shop.

  17. Really wishing I had prettier pictures to post! But definitely looking forward to looking at everyone else’s :-)

  18. Nothing was overly difficult in cleaning out our closet. I thought I was going to have a hard time getting my hubby to play along and do his side but he was very supportive. He has been very busy and working a lot of hours, so it was nice to spend an evening purging our clothes together…ha ha!

    I loved hot spot #1. Can’t wait to see next week’s project, Tsh!

  19. Love the idea of keeping a list of wanted items. There are so many times that I am trying to get an outfit together, and just can’t. Then when I go shopping I can never remember what I needed!

  20. LOVE this project! My husband and I are currently in the waiting process for adopting a child, so these sorts of tasks as such a blessing! Plus, it is coinciding so beautifully with the Season of Lent… a great time to be simplifying your life!

    and I LOVE Simplemom.net!!

    Here’s my post: http://baobrien.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/show-choir-dresses-and-cheerleading-uniforms/

    • I know — I didn’t even think about it coinciding with Lent until this week! God is good to orchestrate that.

      And thanks for your kind words. :)

  21. After moving 6 months ago, I’m still deciding on placement of things. But this helped me empty 2 tubs and ship 4 bags to donation!

  22. Yay! It feels good to have an organized closet! I learned that I really need a deadline in order to get things done. I’m going to start setting more deadlines for myself so that I can finish projects. Thanks!

  23. Thanks for the tip to turn the hangers around. I had heard that a long time ago but forgot all about it. I’ll do it today!

  24. I haven’t finished yet. Hoping to this weekend… and to post to my blog.

    I try to keep track of what I wear by cycling the clothes through. All newly laundered clothes end up on the left end, and the ones I haven’t worn yet slowly cycle through to the right. This way I do wear most of my clothes, but every now & then I come across something I haven’t worn in a long time – and it stays to the right.

  25. The decluttering went GREAT!! I took the doors off the closet to make getting at everything simpler. Except I couldn’t get them back on. My darling hubby told me to just leave them for him… Let’s just say he had some trouble too. I was so proud of myself for doing a project that didn’t cost a dime…except this weekend we’ll be making a trip to Home Depot for a new closet door…oops. Other than that, it was great!! ;)

  26. My husband teases me, but I knew I couldn’t be the only woman who organizes her clothes that way :)

  27. I neglected to take a pic of my drawers, but I did those too ;)

  28. I LOVE!!! the hanger idea….that’s brilliant. Yes there was definitely a lot of diaper changing between cleaning…..and baby sleeps in our room so my closet has been relocated temporarily to the nursery….it looks like something blew up! But it will be fixed by sunday….

  29. Great tips! I would also add, that getting rid of some of those hangers will help keep the number of your belongings down thereby making this process easier the next time.

  30. Loving the challenge! It feels so great to get rid of all the clutter! :)
    http://seasonsreadings.blogspot.com/2011/03/simple-mom-decluttering-projecthot-spot.html

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    Kimberly says:

    Thanks for this series!
    Just a reminder to folks who “itemize” their taxes (typically you do if you have a mortgage or donate regularly to charities): You can take a deduction for clothing donations, provided you drop the clothes off somewhere where you can get a receipt acknowledging you donated! Every little bit can add up… :)

  32. I didn’t have time this week to start, but you’ve inspired me to start TODAY! My closet is a mess at the moment! My drawers are filled with tops that have shrunk up to be too short. Here I go…. thx!

  33. I did not get to this project this week, and went thru my closet about 4 months ago and got rid of alot of stuff then. I will be going thru my cold weather clothes and things I did not wear this winter will be gone!
    One thing I did do recently was go thru my jewelry. I recently left a job with a major beauty company, and one of their products was jewelry. I had collected quite a bit as I got most of it for free to demo! I went thru and got rid of about 60% of it. I can now see the pieces I enjoy wearing! And you know what I did with the giveaways? Hubby’s employer has a cafeteria and the workers are mostly older, lower income women. He took in all the jewelry and gave it to them! They loved it! He said it was like Christmas for those ladies!
    Can’t wait to go look at all these linked posts!
    Bernice

  34. I love seeing everyone’s posts! Keep ‘em coming — you’re eligible for the giveaway if you link up your photos any time before Sunday morning, so if you’ve just decided to join us today, that’s great!

  35. I arrange my clothes Roy-g-bivly too! :)

  36. The Hardest part was doing it little by little, when I really just wanted to rip into it and get it all done at once. Such is the life of a busy mom! I love the tip about turning the hanger, what a great idea!

  37. I loved your idea of trying on all of the clothes – I ended up getting rid of a lot of things I might otherwise have hung on to, just assuming that they fit me fine, or that I still liked that style. It was eye-opening!

  38. Right now my weight is transitional, every month I lose another dress size (postpartum mama) so I have very few clothes. Makes no sense to buy a whole wardrobe when your weight is changing so fast. :-) That made this task much easier! Heading to the Goodwill drop off later as well as the consignment shop (taking all the maternity clothes) to finish up.

  39. I am about 95% done, still have to tackle shoes and jewelry…. it was actually a lot easier than I thought because I was time constrained and did not overthink it… my husband is thinking about doing his side now (“yeah!”) – I did not know the hanger trick and will definitely try that!
    Thank you for the motivation, I will be posting my photo later today :D

  40. I actually really enjoyed this week’s purge – so liberating and my closet looks SO much better! Looking forward to next week!

  41. I did the challenge and took the pictures, but haven’t had the opportunity to post about it (and probably won’t as I have a crazy weekend ahead of me). However, the important thing {for me} is that the project was completed. :) And really, it took me 15-20 minutes. I don’t have a lot of clothes at all. I tend to keep things pretty purged as I do laundry (like if I run out of hangers, I just start looking for things to get rid of to free up hangers ) :-)
    Thanks so much! I look forward to the next challenge and hope I can get it posted this time! :)

  42. I am currently 6 months pregnant and last time I was pregnant and decided I would NEVER fit into most of my clothes after pregnancy, I was shocked to find I was pre-pregnancy weight in 3 months and clothes fit just fine. I was sad that I had given away so many of my clothes. Our master (walk-in) closet is definitely the dumping/storage ground for everything. We travel and live overseas a lot, so all of our suitcases and duffel bags end up in there. I need canvas storage bins for our sweaters, and shoe racks for my husbands shoes. Ugh. To be honest, for me, this is not a great place to start. We have a TV that we don’t use anymore in there, and I can’t move it and my husband is out of town. I am definitely going to be de-cluttering and simplifying, but I will tackle the closet another time. I have your book “Organized Simplicity” and I love it. Unfortunately, this is will be my solo project, my husband doesn’t really have much time to help during the school year (he is a professor).

  43. My husband was concerned that I was decluttering his side of the closet. No, this is just a project for me. I’ll probably just organize his clothes, but it’s up to him to get rid of his own stuff! Also, I had to make a huge decision to giveaway a lot of my professional clothes that I know I will no longer wear. I’m looking forward to getting some new things after baby #2 comes in May. I need to build a hip mommy wardrobe!

    • I was tempted to do Kyle’s side, but decided to let him do that when he had the time. Perhaps he’ll be inspired by the other side of the closet… :)

  44. I didn’t do pictures or anything this time as I *JUST* did this project about a month ago. It also involved bringing in some maternity clothes that I need (YEA!!!) and putting away the ‘regular’ clothes. I am rather tickled with myself though as I was ruthless in the process. Didn’t pack away a single ‘ratty, worn to death, don’t really like it but feel guilty not keeping it’ piece of clothing.

  45. Thanks for the challenge. Feeling great about my organized closet! Here are my before & after pics posted to Flickr.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/60503002@N06/5517845726/in/pool-simpleliving

  46. I soo needed to do this! Ever since I had a baby (almost a year ago!) I have been so consumed with his ever-changing-sizes-wardrobe that I haven’t even consider decluttering my own. We have a great clothing re-sale shop that I brought stuff to and now have credit at for new clothes that I’ll actually wear…yay!

  47. I’m not linking up because I don’t have any AFTER pictures. I’d recently gone through my closet before our big move….so my pictures weren’t much different.

    I decided to keep my stilettos. :)

  48. I had done this a few weeks ago. My husband was willing so we did his side! :)

  49. looks nice…noticed that I have the same skirt you have hanging in your closet, a purple and green flowered one from Target I think…I love it!

  50. The hardest part for me is that I am in the middle of losing weight, and so nothing REALLY fits well. I have clothes on the too-big side, and clothes on the almost fits and/or too small side. I did eliminate a LOT of clothes but of course that means I don’t have much I can wear. I was left with one pair of black pants, one pair of yoga pants, and one pair of jeans that fit well. I am really looking forward to getting back into clothes (and body) that LOOK and FEEL great though, and I am working on that!

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    Danielle says:

    I am inspired to finish my closet now. I had actually started Monday morning and found your challenge monday night. My issue is I live in a old 100 year old house with very little storage, so my closet was being used as the linen closet, storage for baby clothes, my collection of children’s books (for work, they used to live at work but when I left on Maternity leave I took them with me) and general storage for suitcases,etc. so hopefully my little one cooperates today and I can finish. Will post pictures soon I hope.

  52. It felt great to open my closet this morning and easily pick out what to wear. I sort of have everything sorted RGB. Here is the URL to my post on the Flickr site (hope it works) http://www.flickr.com/photos/60468747@N02/5515931098/in/pool-simpleliving#/photos/60468747@N02/5515931098/in/pool-1592933@N24/

    Now I just need to get my husband do do his clothes, flip my hangers around like you suggested, and transfer the list of “to get next” to the notebook I keep in my purse :) Thanks for the inspiration and the ideas :)

  53. I procrastinated a lot with this project, but I have finally finished and feel much better. All the junk that was cluttering the floor of the closet is either boxed or filed away, the clothes are sorted and I have thrown so much junk, I had stored while I was living in Australia.

    http://mywallabygold.com/blog/?p=203

  54. http://www.flickr.com/photos/60468747@N02/5515931098/in/pool-simpleliving#/photos/60468747@N02/5515931098/in/pool-1592933@N24/

    It was so nice to wake up this morning and look in my closet and easily decide what to wear. And donating all those clothes feels really good.
    Now all I have to do is get my husband to go through his clothes, turn my hangers around, and put that list of “to get at some point” in my purse.
    Thanks for all the inspiration and all the wonderful ideas.

  55. The hardest things to donate were some of the sentimental favorites that didn’t fit, and really aren’t going to fit a mom of 6 the same way again, even when I do lose the post-baby pounds.

    I couldn’t believe that 1/2 of my closet was taken up by outgrown kids’ clothes. I guess my closet became the “transition center” for clothes that needed to be boxed up and saved for the next kiddo.

    The best feeling? Hearing the surprise in my husband’s voice when he saw the finished closet. And…for me, walking in the next morning and going right to the hanger I needed without stepping on anything, or having to fight anything to get to it.

    Thank you so much for this challenge!!!!! Can’t wait for next week’s!

  56. ~~~TSH,I am sure you hear it all the time but i’ll say it again,YOU ROCK,LADY!!!
    I only managed to snap pics of all of the stuff going off to the army vets due to flooding in the house,twice,and half of my brood down for the count with a stomach bug,BUT,between here and your book,I was inspired to push through the frustration,tiredness and puddles of vomit and just about finish.I just have a pile of hangers on the floor of the closet from all of the clothes that I donated,to put in a big bag and drop off at goodwill.Hopefully I can add a pic later:0)
    Thank you again.
    Natasha~~
    x

  57. My closet wasn’t too bad, yet I still managed to pull two bags of stuff out – one for Goodwill and one for the thrift shop!

  58. Thanks again for the motivation to do this. I love my new, clean, organized closet!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/60488801@N05/5518390148/in/pool-simpleliving

  59. I didn’t take pictures (too much work, I’m 7 1/2 mos pregnant!), but did get rid of another bag of clothing (including four pair of shoes) after just going through the closet last week and getting rid of two huge garbage bags full! Thanks for the inspiration to go again. My closet really does look better and now I can put the tubs of nursing and maternity clothes INside instead of on the bedroom floor! It is harder to know what really fits well while my body is changing so fast, but I tried!

  60. This was a great challenge for me, and perfect timing. With a 5 wk old infant, I had a crazy collection of pre/maternity/post baby clothes cluttering my closet. I made some headway and excited to keep refining what I hold on to.
    Looking forward to seeing other’s before and after pictures!

  61. Haven’t had time to take the after pictures yet, but will do so and link up tomorrow (or maybe late tonight)! My closet was pretty easy since I tend to keep it {mostly} organized and I went on a purging rampage a week ago – before I knew what was coming! But I did find some surprises…like an unopened pack of gum. I don’t even chew gum! Yum. Not.

  62. This was so great – I’ll be posting my pics later tonight when I finish :) I’m sitting here at work excited to go home and finish – on a FRIDAY NIGHT!

    Organizing my own closet has been on my to do list for months, literally months, so I was thrilled to see this as the first “hot spot.” I worked on it in dribs and drabs over the course of the week – mostly as between 9-10pm when all my other jobs for the day were finished. Already, I feel better about my clothes selection every day and I feel like everything I have hanging there is wearable, which is a definite change from the last few months when I’ve felt overwhelmed and stressed about what fits — since having a baby, my body just hasn’t been the same.

    I also noticed that I got more accomplished in other parts of the house, which was a nice surprise.

  63. I did my closet. I was pumped to give away 2 bags for charity and a whole can of trash to the curb. I was able to find enough shoe boxes to not have to buy anything! Ya hoo!

    Here is my flicker link from my before-
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/60475776@N02/5517919341/in/pool-simpleliving#/photos/60475776@N02/5517919341/in/pool-1592933@N24/

  64. I like doing laundry. Sorting, putting it in taking it out, folding it, BUT HATE PUTTING IT AWAY. Today for the first time, I am excited to put my clothes away, BECAUSE I KNOW WHERE THEY GO!
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  65. http://hugsandstrawberries.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify-hot-spot-1-wardrobe.html

    I started a blog just to post! The before is scary, but it was worth it for the after!!!!

  66. Love seeing/reading about the others. Very inspirational. This just isn’t the time for me to do it as I’m needing to put mom’s appartment stuff into storage w/ the hope that she will be able to move to assisted living after she finishes rehab in skilled nursing. But I ordered you book tonight and will follow along.

  67. Tsh thank you so much for hosting the closet clean out week. I am amazed at how my closet looks too. I especially love what you just said about the “happy clothes” being at the front of the closet. It is so true, looking at the “real” skinny jeans in your closet is so depressing. I found your blog and book a couple months ago. It has been such a breath of fresh air to read your posts and thoughts. I told my husband you’re like a female Dave Ramsey. :) I do mean that as a compliment too. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of us on Mon. Happy weekend!!!

  68. I created a blog just to join in!!!! What a fun challenge this was! The before was scary!!

    http://hugsandstrawberries.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify-hot-spot-1-wardrobe.html

  69. Thank you!!! I typically do the master closet “redo” twice a year, but hadn’t gotten to it yet this year. Am glad that I had some motivation! The hardest part of doing it was doing all the filing. For some reason (laziness, really), I never file on a regular basis, but instead pile it on the shelf on top of the filing cabinet. So doing that part is the most tedious task in there. Sorting DH’s t-shirts (he has tons) was 2nd! The easiest part was putting things back where they belong. It only takes a few seconds, so I’m going to try to do better at that on a daily basis from here out.

    My link for some reason does not have a thumbnail image (did I miss how to do that?), but it DOES link to the proper photo. Here’s the link in case you want it:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/16527938@N00/5518945498/in/pool-1592933@N24/
    Thanks!

  70. Okay, I was so inspired and excited I ran and did my closet the second I put the kids to bed ..literally, closed their door and opened my closet..I was SO excited I forgot to take my before picture but trust me..it needed it! I just found you..just ordered your book. YOU are what I want to be for people through my blog ..keep it up, your simplicity is inspiring and my closet is cleaner because of you! :)

  71. Just did this today in my kids room. No pics because I am reading this AFTER. My three girls share a room upstairs and my son is downstairs so we keep ALL the kids clothes in his room. One room and it is way easier to keep track of what we have and also teeny so I only keep what the kids really wear.
    So, I have kind of a luxury problem of belonging to a large group of friends with same aged kids and we pass stuff along to each other. I need to get better at NOT taking what I know my kids won’t wear BECAUSE IT IS FREE AND FREE IS GOOD. For example stiff awkward blue jeans for my sweet crawling one year old. He is all soft knits all the time.

  72. Tsh thank you so much for hosting the closet clean out week. I am amazed at how my closet looks too. I especially love what you just said about the “happy clothes” being at the front of the closet. t instead pile it on the shelf on top of the filing cabinet. So doing that part is the most tedious task in there. Sorting DH’s t-shirts (he has tons) was 2nd! The easiest part was putting things back where they belong. It only takes a few seconds, so I’m going to try to do better at that on a daily basis from here out.
    I couldn’t believe that 1/2 of my closet was taken up by outgrown kids’ clothes. I guess my closet became the “transition center” for clothes that needed to be boxed up and saved for the next kiddo.
    I am inspired to finish my closet now. I had actually started Monday morning and found your challenge monday night. My issue is I live in a old 100 year old house with very little storage, so my closet was being used as the linen closet, storage for baby clothes, my collection of children’s books (for work, they used to live at work but when I left on Maternity leave I took them with me) and general storage for suitcases,etc. so hopefully my little one cooperates today and I can finish. Will post pictures soon I hope.

  73. So glad I found you! This looks like a great project…….can’t wait to join in.

  74. I had some other obligations this week so I’m still in progress (and almost sad it’s such a beautiful day here–much easier to stay in when it’s rainy and cold!) BUT your roygbiv closet inspired me. When I took my pictures, I realized my whole closet looks like I’m ready for funerals. I didn’t think of myself as a dour dresser but pictures don’t lie…what a wake up call!

  75. I just went through my closet a couple of weeks ago. Did as you suggested – tried everytyhing on (how depressing). Then trotted off to get a couple of things that look nice and can add some mileage to what I already have.

    Here’s my question…I have some things that don’t fit that were a bit pricey and I love them, plus some fancy stuff for rare occasions. Do I bite the bullet and get rid of them? I’m having some health issues that are preventing weight loss (hopefully on the right track to getting them resolved). What do you suggest?

    I’m new to your blog and am excited to explore past posts. Great stuff!

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    Sara Ludwig says:
  77. I have been on a giant organize all year, so I wasn’t going to do this… and then you said sort your closet and I so knew I could do it!!! So it’s done – thank you!!! Thank you!!!! And what an amazing collection of closets you have to peruse!!! Simply amazing!!! Love it!!!

  78. Yes, done – what a feeling! Although it did take quite some time, I somehow gained energy from doing it. Now let’s enjoy our first success before next week’s challenge comes up. Have a relaxing sunday!

  79. I love this call to action! Organizing makes me feel so free, so empowered…. like superwoman. :) I actually decluttered my closet in January while I was in a mid winter frozen state of slump. Thus, I do not have a before pic… thanks for the challenge, I have high hopes to join in on the rest of it!

  80. This is a very timely post for me! Thank you.

  81. Love this series.. I’m hoping my camera is up and running by the time we do the next Hotspot..For now, I did declutter my closet, create a stash of clothes I no longer wear, are torn/stained/simply too outdated, and I will create a wishlist. That I think is an awesome idea. Thanks!

  82. Tsh, you left a comment on my post. I was so excited that I did the hugest happy dance in the middle of my new clean closet. I’m so new at blogging that as I was replying back to comments and such I deleted yours! URGH!!!!!! I am so disappointed, but want you to know that it meant the world to see your comment. Thanks so much!!!!!

  83. I *almost* didn’t do this project! I was inspired on Friday by the women who posted their links. Thanks so much for this challenge and for reminding us to take care of ourselves!

  84. Well, I lost internet access yesterday, but it’s working today, so I wanted to include my photos. Here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60563639@N03/5522977866/in/pool-simpleliving
    Had to share the evidence of my work! Thanks for the motivation!

  85. This was fun and surprisingly needed even though I just did a major clean-out in January. Who knew? I still found 2 full garbage bags of stuff to give away. Thanks!!

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    Cath in Ottawa says:

    I didn’t totally finish (we were away 3 of the 7 days!) but found this a totall inspiring exercise — I got better and more clear-headed as I went along! I also told my book club all about it and I think at least 2 of them were going to try and do the same thing! Thanks so much for a great decluttering boost!

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    Doreen Prince says:

    I started the project Thursday and just finished. Having a goal in mind was motivating. It was hard to continue at times because it wasn’t as “fun” as I thought the decluttering would be. It was tiring trying on every item of clothing but worth it in the end. Now I want to get rid of more. I NEED HELP making a blog and putting my pictures on it. I uploaded them to the flicker but couldn’t find what to do next. How do you make a blog?

  88. I love cleaning out my closet. It’s not hard at all for me. Well, except the pretty heels that I never wear; those were hard to remove. I can’t wait for the coming project. Woohoo for decluttering and editing!!!

  89. I *finally* figured out how to shrink photos so they’re not HUGE! :) Here are my submissions in smaller sizes. :)

    http://hugsandstrawberries.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify-hot-spot-1-wardrobe.html

  90. I’m so impressed with all the results! It is motivating. I’m hoping to still jump in and go, even if I’m late. Since we just moved and live in a tiny space it won’t be too much work. But I’m in that phase: just had a baby 3 months ago, so maternity clothes are too big but pre pregnancy clothes are to small still. Ugh. Tricky phase!

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    Danielle says:

    Better late then never. I have to say my husband went out of town this week and my daughter has started crawling and standing up, so closet got put on the back burner as I spent a lot of my week chasing her. Alas Brendan came home and I finished tackling not only our closet but our whole room! Here is the link to my blog http://finnatmyfeet.blogspot.com/2011/03/peanut-butter-and-simplicity.html
    Thanks for the inspiration! I am a decluttering junky!

  92. Thanks for the kick in the rear to get going on this!
    http://hilariejoyful.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify.html

  93. Thanks a lot for this Tsh, mine wasnt a huge challenge as I had done a clean up before but YAY! its done
    http://jotandscribble.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/up-for-a-challenge/

  94. I know I’m a little off schedule with sharing my results, but I finished this past Saturday. I combined Project: Simplify! with #Project333 and I am very happy with the results. Thank you for making this the first hot spot! I’m pretty excited about the second and I may try to tackle that one this weekend. Thanks again!

  95. Thanks for the kick in the pants! Took me all day Friday (done in between diaper changes, nursing sessions and lunch-making) but it’s done and I’m thrilled! I love having fewer clothes but way more options!

  96. So thankful for you inspiring me to do this. It felt great to get it all done.

  97. I am new to the whole blog world, but came across Simple Mom and was inspired. I just completed my closet, and started my own blog to track the results. Thank you for the motivation to tackle an area that I have put off for far too long.

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    Scrapabbey says:

    I had a wonderful time organizing our master closet this week-end, but I am new to this process and don’t know how to post my photos. The directions aren’t helping me. Maybe I just don’t have the time right now, am impatient. I used this challenge to change out all my hangers–selling wooden hangers on Craig’s list and buying slim flocked hangers. It gave me about 2 and a half times the space in my closet! I also purged clothes like crazy, got out spring, summer and put away winter. This in itself is uplifting—MN winter may finally be ending (lol) Any one who has time and inclination I’d love to be walked through the whole flicker group/gallery/sharing process. Thanks.

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