I have a fairly small closet. It’s between a reach-in and a walk-in for both me and hubby. Luckily, I don’t have a lot of clothes and I take steps to keep it neat and clutter free.

One of the things I do is purge clothing I haven’t worn in 6-12 months (8 shirts here).

2 jackets, 2 shirts, and 2 exercise shorts ready to be out of my closet. I don’t like sweatshirts and I don’t wear them often, but I keep 2 just in case.

2 more shirts and a scarf to be sold at the yard sale.

Hubby has worn this shirt once and hates the color. Yeah, I don’t like it either.

One shirt, 3 sweaters, and a belt that I’d like to recycle into something else. I’ll give it a try and see what I come up with.

Ohhh, this is Whitney’s blessing dress and blanket that I’m giving to her. Hopefully she’ll be able to use it on a daughter of her own.

That’s 25 items out of my closet and ready to be sold, given to someone else,¬†or repurposed. And now that’s a total of 125 items since last Sunday. Not to shabby!

Here’s how I keep my closet organized. This is the very top shelf that holds items I don’t have to get to often. Mostly computer bags and over night bags for trips. We used to take a lot of weekend trips before hubby lost his job. Hopefully that will continue again soon. The overnight bags are kept packed with most of the essentials. The computer bags hold the necessary cords and accessories for travel. Do you see all the hangers lined up? Yep, they’re like that all the time. I’ve been doing that since I was about 10 (you can ask my mom).

These other baskets hold bags and purses, sheets and pillowcases, my other kids blessing clothes, and things I buy for the kids I want to keep hidden from them (like Valentine gifts, etc.)

On the side wall of the closet I have shelves for folded clothes, like my exercise clothes and sweaters.

And also some of my shoes. Yes, my shoes always look like that too. I’ve been doing that since I was 10 also. Hubby’s finally used to it.

More shoe storage is under my jackets, sweaters, and pants. I just added some stacking shelves from Target. My boots are kept under my bed in a roll out storage drawer.

Here are all the things I was able to take from my closet that weren’t being worn anymore. I don’t believe in keeping things I don’t wear. My closet space is valuable since there isn’t much of it.

And here’s the closet now. I know I don’t have a lot of clothes. I don’t need a lot, plus I did have a load of clothes in the washer and the dryer at the time (so I do have a few more shirts). I also added hooks on the inside of the closet doors for hubby’s hats and some bags and jackets on my side. Hubby’s ties also hang from hooks on the side of the closet.

Purging my closet about 4 times a year only takes about 10 minutes each time and keeps it looking the way I need it too.

I’m linking to:
DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Closet Makeover Linky Party at Beneath My Heart
Let’s Organize Bedroom Party at Domestically Speaking

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Lindsay January 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

I purge my closet of unwanted clothes seasonally, and it always feels great to free up a little extra space! Your closet is super organized, and now I really want to go attack mine!!

Heidi@thecraftmonkey January 9, 2011 at 3:49 am

Looks fantastic! I have good intentions of keeping my shoes looking like yours, but after about a week they are all on the bottom of the closet again! I’m a “kick em off” kind of girl, I guess. Also, hubby & I just cleaned out our closet before Christmas and got rid of 4 GIANT bags (yard sized trash bags) of clothes we don’t wear!! Talk about freeing! And, our closet is still full, how is that possible!!

Terri - Boog January 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

What a wonderful, neat closet. Mine is similar (reach in/walk in) and I need to do some major de-cluttering! Yours is an inspiration!

Semalee January 9, 2011 at 7:14 am

I’m working on my closet too, and closets are on the list for my “Making our Homes Like Heaven in 2011″ Series. I’m going to link up to this post to give my readers some inspiration. Thanks!

Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

Vikki January 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

My closet is soo scary! I just looked and thought, “hey I can do that in mine too”.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Danielle @ Life on Dahlia Lane January 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

OK, I am super jealous of your closet organization. I have a pretty big closet but it is nowhere near as organized as yours. I wish I had your self-control to get rid of abandoned clothes. I try…but then there’s always the “what if I want to wear it in 3 months…?” You motivate me!

Anne Alagna January 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

That is just too funny! I have been doing stuff like that my whole life too. I remember organizing my books like a library and making my family come check out books so they would have to marvel at the color coordinated electrical tape (stolen from my dad) that marked the subjects, etc. OCD freaks, unite! Whoo hoo!

Candace January 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I’m so impressed with your purging ability. I have been hanging on to clothes that don’t fit for years- and through 3 moves! We are about to move again and I know I need to just break down and donate them. Thanks for the inspiration!

leah January 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

I am in the process of doing the same thing! I just filled 3 trash bags of clothing. I have so much space in m closet.. Yours looks great. I need some shelving like that.

Condo Blues January 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

I always feel like I have more stuff not less after a purge because I can find the things more easily!

Teresa January 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

Wow! I wish my closets looked as neat as yours do. Great job!

Traci January 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

You are so organized! Thus, the blog..right? :)
I love how everything has its own place. I am still working on my clothes closet. It’s getting there… :)
Thanks for linking up to my party!
Blessings!
Traci

angela January 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Great organization. I like to keep mine organized too. It helps me keep track of what I have to wear. Otherwise, I end up forgetting some of my best stuff. Plus, I just get too stressed by disorganization and not being able to find things. Who has the time? Couple things that help me: 1) I hang clothes by color; and 2) I never buy more hangers. If I bring something new home, I try to take something out for the garage sale pile. If I’m out of hangers, it’s a sign I have too many clothes and I go though and get rid of something I haven’t worn in a year. (Your rule of 6 months is probably better because in reality if I haven’t worn it in six months I’m likely not going to.) I like your shoe organization.

Nancy January 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

I keep my closet organized, but I cannot bring myself to purge! Good for you. I’m going wall by wall and the closet is next. This is just what I needed for inspiration.

Liesl July 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

*sigh* I WISH my closet looked like yours. It’s always on my list of things to do, but strangely enough, I keep finding OTHER things to work on instead!

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