It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my 52 Weeks projects.

Never fear! I’m still chipping away at my list; I just haven’t had the desire to write about any of it lately. I mean really, who cares about my recipe binder or the fact that I discovered 4 sets of nail clippers in my bathroom drawer and tossed three of them? Nobody. Am I right, or am I right? (Unless I’m wrong, and you really do want to see these things, in which case, comment below and tell me. I’ll show you. You know I have no shame.)

Well, I figured something out about myself last week. Turns out I’m probably just keeping myself busy with easy little projects so I can avoid completing the work I started in my closet last May. Yep. Apparently, I have more issues than Vogue magazine. Sheesh!

So last weekend, instead of wrapping up my own closet project, I tackled Bucket Head’s closet. It’s just easier to make decisions about someone else’s stuff than about my own. Can you dig it?

Perhaps you remember the before picture:

I didn’t realize until too late that I didn’t have more or better “before” pictures showing the top shelf of the closet! Dammit! Oh you should’ve seen it. It was precariously piled two feet high with extra linens and baby keepsakes and hand-me-downs from Bucket Head’s big brother, Nature Boy. He’s a cutie, but that boy grows like a weed.

My two boys are 7 years apart. That’s a lot of various sizes worth of hand-me-downs to manage.

But luckily, Bucket Head loves to try on clothes and was very cooperative with helping me weed out the things that were too small. And he has a very well-defined sense of fashion, so he was able to authoritatively tell me things like “No Mommy. I will never wear that. That’s for babies.” Wow – if only my own closet were this easy to purge!

Okay, enough jibber jabber. Here are the “after” shots:

Whooo-hooo! See that empty light beige space on the ground, front and center?? I had to look it up in the encyclopedia because I didn’t know what it was, but it’s the floor! Who knew?!

That Double Hang Closet Rod is from the Container Store. It’s the perfect size for Bucket Head to reach his own clothes and get himself dressed everyday. I only hang his nicer and out-of-season stuff up top, out of his grubby reach.

In the middle of the upper shelf I have two changes of twin sheets. I keep everyone’s sheets in their own rooms to make sheet changes easier.

More details:

Here’s something we do at our house that works for us: everyone stores their own out-of-season coats in their own closets. We don’t have a family closet anywhere for this, but even if we did, I have to say, it is nice for each person to be responsible for their own coats. It also makes it easy for me to see at a glance who has what or who needs something.

In the upper left corner I have a plastic box with locking clasps for Bucket Head’s keepsakes. It was previously under my bed, but I’m trying to get everything out from under there…Feng Shui, don’t-cha-know. We’ll see how this goes. If the kids get into the keepsake box I might have to kill somebody; and what’s the point of saving precious memories if you murder your offspring? Maybe I’ll switch to an opaque box just to avoid temptation.

In the upper right corner I’ve organized all of Nature Boy’s shoe hand-me-downs by size. I’ve also got our vaporizer up there for cold and flu season.

And now I’m going to fill the space below with my new favorite knock knock joke:

Knock knock!

Who’s there?

I eat mop!

I eat mop who?

{heh heh heh heh} You eat your poo? Gross dude.

 

Next up, the lower corners:

Here I made enough space to move Bucket Head’s hamper into the closet. I’ve also got one big plastic box easily accessible for Nature Boy’s CURRENT hand-me-downs. No more randomly tossing the newly outgrown things up on the closet shelf!

On top of that is a big yellow rubber bucket for Bucket Head’s shoes and slippers. We have issues with this boy hunting for his shoes every single frickin’ morning. That ends today.

And the lower right hand corner:

Okay, this is my favorite part! See those open stackable plastic blue bins? From top to bottom they hold:

1. undies

2. socks

3. pajamas

4. shorts

This is not a new system for Bucket Head. He doesn’t have a dresser, so I’ve always had this in his closet. It totally works for us. So easy for him to put his own clothes away (one of his favorite chores) and to find the clothes he wants each day. No drawers to open and (not) close. No pinched fingers. I don’t even need to label the bins because it is so obvious what is what. Love this!

In the back are two large plastic storage bins for the next two sizes of clothes that Bucket Head will grow into: 6-8 and 10-12. I have the nicer stuff hanging up above that.

Not only does Bucket Head’s closet function and look so much better now, but I’m feeling pretty good about the donation I’ll be making at Goodwill this week:

  • 7 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 3 short sleeve t-shirts
  • 5 dress shirts
  • 2 sweaters
  • 4 pants
  • 3 shorts
  • 5 coats

Not only could these items help clothe someone on a limited budget, but according to the kickass charity impact calculator my friend Megan posted at Declutter Daily last Friday, my donation will be providing 4.1 hours of financial planning training for someone like Rudy Batilla. Win-win-win!

For more organizing ideas and inspiration, head on over to Org Junkie and see what some of my 52 Weeks buddies are up to this week!

-Iris

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