Monday, November 17, 2008

Airing my Dirty Laundry

I am so unmotivated with the house reno projects that I've taken to organizing. Pinky promise that I'll show some of those projects soon. In the meantime...

I can’t turn a wooden hanger away:
My closet is the worst use of space ever. It’s big… 10 feet wide. But only 4 of those feet are easily accessible. I bought a double-rod ClosetMaid organizer; I just haven’t installed it yet. (Yeah, that lack of motivation...) If you haven’t figured out that I hate visual clutter by now, here’s Meg at her most obsessive-compulsiveness.

First, get rid of your wire hangers. They aren’t pretty, they get caught on each other, and they put weird stretch marks in your clothes. Buy a bunch of plain plastic hangers. Personally, I like wooden ones.

Then organize by type. I like to separate my collared shirts from my camisoles and Matt’s work shirts from his t-shirts. Then I organize each section by color. Yes, I said color. Stay with me here. I swear it really cuts down on the decision time. When you dress, don’t you base a lot of your decisions on color? What matches or “goes” with the outfit?

This was my brain this morning: I’ve worn black pants nearly every day in the last week. Before anyone thinks I’m wearing the same pair of pants over and over, maybe I should wear gray today. (Scan gray pants, pick a pair.) I think a teal or green sweater would look good with the gray. (Scan green sweater section.) Hmmmmm… I need to layer a shirt underneath. (Scan to the purple camisoles and find one that goes with the style of sweater.)



Containers multiply like gremlins in my house:
I also love drawer organizers. It helps keep my bras separated from my undies and my trouser socks from my gym socks. I spared you from the actual items. I’m sure no one wants to look at that! (And I really don’t want my underwear posted on the internet.)




Even the dirty laundry doesn’t stand a chance:
I hate sorting laundry. Hate it. So having a few hampers in my closet makes me sort as I undress at the end of the day. When I throw a load into the washer in the morning (practically sleepwalking and wondering if I have any non-black pants that are clean), all I have to do is grab the hamper and take it with me to the washer. No sorting required.


8 comments:

casamacho said...

Your closet is so organized, I'm jealous!
I added you to my blogroll.

becoming minimalist said...

i had definitely heard the argument to sort closets by color, but i really appreciated the photo. maybe it will convince to finally do it too.

DS2507 said...

I have to get some drawer organizers immediately!
Your closet looks awesome! I always try to organize but can never keep it going in there!

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

I'm envious of your huge closet! Heck, I'm envious that you have a closet. Your organization looks great--especially the three laundry baskets.
Katie

Stephanie said...

These are really great ideas. I've been thinking about how I could better organize mine. I think I might have to make a trip to Ikea soon to get those wooden hangers and drawer organizers!

mrs.leah.maria said...

I do not see any dirty laundry! Just beautiful organization!

bekah said...

would you be interesting in coming over and organizing my closet? just a thought..haha i envy your organization, but have no motivation to emulate right now...

Katie said...

Oh i LOVE your baskets and your closet! Love this post and the blog, I'm adding it to my google reader!