Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ I have been wanting to share a post like this since 2017. Does that seem just a little crazy to you?? xD Yes, I’ve been trying to get my closet organized for the past few years, and for all that time, I could not figure out what the problem was. I could pretty much find a place for everything, but I always felt like there was work to do. After YEARS of taking everything out, cleaning the closet, and putting all my stuff back in, I finally have a closet setup that I adore!
I’m sharing this post with you today because I’m so excited about this huge accomplishment (which I only believe is huge because it’s taken me so long to get here, haha), as well as to chat with you about how I did it.
If you feel like you’re constantly moving stuff around in your living space because you can never get it quite right, know that you’re not alone! I did that myself for a long time, and I finally figured out what the problem was.
Much of what I was trying to store and have on display were not things I wanted anymore.
Last week, I got finished with the biggest declutter I’ve ever done in my entire life. I used pages and pages of notebook paper to list every single thing that I have in my room and closet, and once I’d done that, I really thought through why I bought those things, why I still own them, and if I’d benefit from continuing to keep them.
It was a difficult process, but it taught me so much about who I am now, and I quickly found that getting rid of those things that brought me down emotionally would completely set me free.
I used an easy color system to divide my things into three groups: what I wanted to keep, what I wasn’t sure why I was keeping, and what I definitely wanted to get rid of. I chose our traffic light colors to do this: green, yellow, and red. I kept all of my “green” items, kept some and donated others of the “yellow” items, and everything that ended up as a “red” item was put in the donation pile.
It was startling to discover how many “red” items were in my room. They were things that I thought I would use but then didn’t, things that I did use but I don’t anymore, and things such as decor that I used to love looking at but aren’t my style now. I owned a lot of outdated stuff. I knew it was time to let all of that go.
Before now, I hadn’t put that much thought into why I own what I do, but since decluttering and being willing to let go of things that no longer brought me enjoyment, I’m able to completely focus on the things I have that I do love, use, and appreciate. ❤
Now, I am excited to share my closet tour with you! I hope you enjoy!
Closet Tour: 2019 Edition
My closet used to be a space used solely for storing things, but now I have decided to utilize it in a different, more enjoyable way. This closet space is the new home of the decorations and collections that I love but don’t want on display in my room. I prefer for my main living space to have a simpler layout, so having a place off from my room to showcase my favorite things is a blessing!
When you first take a look inside, this is the main area that you see! I have my tops and an extra blanket over to the right, which I have to have there because there’s an electronic box that was attached to the wall when we moved into this house (no idea what it’s for xD). By my shirts, I have the Genie artwork my dad and brother got for me a few weeks ago (thanks, guys! ❤ ), and then I have my current artwork section, which I’ll show up close in the photo below.
One of my hobbies right now is sketching the characters that Robin Williams voiced! He brought so much life and energy to every single role he played, especially the animated ones, so I really wanted to try sketching his characters myself. I created the drawings above by looking at screencaps from the movies, then I used a mechanical pencil and printer paper to make rough sketches of them. So far, I’ve drawn the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin, the Genie, Batty Koda from Ferngully, and Fender from Robots. I used Crayola colored pencils to colorize Fender and Batty. I’ll be coloring the Genie and peddler next! (Once I can figure out what shade of blue they are…)
I’m so happy with how these sketches turned out, and I’m excited about working on other poses of these characters. ❤ (Which drawing is YOUR favorite? I love Fender!)
Above the main shelf is this top shelf. It’s just a bit too high to easily access, so I’ve put things up here that I don’t need to get down regularly. From left to right: my interior design project (which I’d love to do a post on sometime!), our Six Flags reusable cups (which keep me and Joshua hydrated when we’re walking around Six Flags), my fanny pack (which I wear to Six Flags, haha), my notebooks, and some of my stuffed animals and puppets.
I’ve had this artistic United States map poster since 2013! I just love looking at it, since I adore colors and maps.
There’s a lot going on in this picture, so I’ll attempt to cover everything from left to right, top to bottom. Try to stay with me. xD Here we go:
- book collection and a patriotic jar
- ostrich puppet (coolest thing ever!)
- coloring books, Baby Garfield (my favorite childhood stuffed animal!), and a candle
- teddy bear my dad got for me on my 16th birthday
- woven basket with more stuffed animals
- Wii NunChuks and my Wii games
- Thor collection (I love imitating him!)
- Harley Quinn cube (whom I also love sounding like) and the family’s Wii games
Right now, this shelf is home to a really cool, much appreciated addition to my living space! I call it my ‘project shelf.’ I realized that one reason why I feel like my room is never quite in order is because I always have things sitting out that need doing and don’t yet have a place to go. So, these things will end up on my desk for a week or two, or on my closet floor for a month … or five … *sigh* … and I never knew what to do about it! My mom told me about a homeschool organization method that many families use called a ‘morning basket,’ where the family will keep all the schoolwork that needs doing in the mornings. For some reason, that gave me the idea to make up these project baskets! Now I have a place for the stuff I need to work on at some point. Right now, those projects are (left to right): going through photos/finding a home for them, creating a recipe binder, and finding a place for different keepsakes.
The craft cart I used to have out in my room (see this post) has now been moved to my closet, and I’m using it to display different things!
On the top shelf, I have my Genie collection! I love that character so much, and the little stuffed animal Genie makes me grin every time I see it. Then I have a few CDs, which includes the Birdcage soundtrack (my all-time favorite movie!).
On my second shelf, which my mom said makes me look like a college student by having all these snacks lined up (haha!), I have separated my snacks from the rest of the family’s. I bought these different things with my own money, since snacks like almonds and pistachios are an extra expense, but I like having them for my snacks.
On the bottom shelf (which is almost completely hidden in a shadow), I keep my other coloring utensils. I have quite a lot, but I use all of them because I love having a variety of shades!
Right now, I’m using this clothes organizer for shoes instead of clothing storage, because I wanted more floor space for the bookshelf and craft cart. (Behind the clothes organizer, you can see part of my shoe rack, which I’m storing right now.) I’m displaying the shoes from top to bottom in order of how often I wear them.
If you made it this far (and since you’re reading this, you probably did), thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed scrolling through my closet tour. 🙂 I would encourage you to declutter your own room and/or closet, because doing that in my own room has made me so happy! By choosing to own the things that I currently love and use, as well as the things I have fond memories of, I’m able to thoroughly enjoy them. Getting rid of anything I felt negatively about has made me appreciate my favorite things that much more!
I’d love to see a tour of YOUR closet and/or room! Share a link down below so I can check it out. ❤