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Clear Out the Clutter: The Coat Closet

To start off the Clear Out the Clutter project this month, I began at the front door and tackled the coat closet. I was excited to discover it wasn’t as cluttered as I’d thought.

In fact, it only took me around seven minutes to go through and I only found four items to get rid of. But hey, that’s a start!

Tomorrow, it’s onto the girl’s closet. I’m pretty near positive there’s going to be a lot more than four items to get rid of in there–provided I can gently convince the girls that it’s time to let go of some of the extra stuff (like that Happy Meal toy from two years ago!)

“But mom,” I can just hear my daughter protesting, “That Happy Meal toy is really special to me–it makes me think of Grandma because I got it the day Grandma took me to McDonald’s.

Yup, my daughters are pros at figuring out a very good reason why they need to keep all of their items–including papers and toys with missing and broken parts. Cracks me up how different they are than me! They help to balance me out! 🙂

Did you do any clutter clearing this week? If you posted about it, link directly to your blog post below. We’d especially love to see before and after pictures, if you’re brave! 🙂

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  • AngieP says:

    I started with my bathrooms — removing expired medicines, culling towels that had become a little too threadbare, etc. Three kids accumulate so much stuff I feel like I’m drowning in it all. I’m committing to de-cluttering one small area a day until I get my whole apartment done.

  • says:

    I started this year thinking that I would organize all parts of my house, but we have decided to move, so this has morphed into a purge/organize/pack adventure. I wonder how everything will turn out.

  • Anitra says:

    Crystal – my kids are a bit younger than yours, but if I think my daughter is going to be (temporarily) heartbroken over a toy, I will tell her we will put it away in storage. I try to rotate out toys this way, but we probably only have 1/4 of the toys in “storage” and the rest are out.

    I periodically go through the stored toys. When I find something I think we should get rid of, I think about whether (a) we have anything similar or (b) my daughter has asked about it in the past few months. If she hasn’t asked about it and we have other stuff that’s similar – out it goes!

  • Lindsey says:

    I enjoy doing a little Spring cleaning before Spring hits. 🙂

  • Diane says:

    A good use for Happy Meal type toys that you want to get rid of is to donate them to a local preschool. My daughter’s preschool lets the kids choose a toy from the “treasure chest” when they’ve done something extra good like help clean up. The toys she brings home are almost always small donated happy meal toys and she’s thrilled!

    • Dani says:

      Just another thought, my cousin is over seas and they love getting smaller items, beanie babies etc.. to give to the kids there. He says its their way of letting the kids know they are their friends, especially when some seem scared.

  • CJ says:

    I cleaned out my candy bin in the fridge – some I know must have been in there for years! Also found 2 cases of soda in the basement that expired 2 years ago! No fizz left so I poured them out and recycled the cans.

  • Meredith says:

    I’m waiting for a snow day!!! I never get much organizing done during the winter months, unless I get a snow day off from work. It seems like the weekends are so busy. I really have to pick one small area to get done and that will help me feel better.

  • trisha says:

    My daughters LOVE stuffed animals, but they breed like rabbits. So every now and then I have them go through and they decide which ones to keep and which ones to bless someone else with. They have a basket/tub that they must fit in since there simply isn’t much room in their room. Let’s just say what they pick and what I would pick are not the same and I have to remind myself that THEY get to make the decision, not me 😉 Letting them decide has really taken the “battle” out of weeding out the toys.

  • kathy says:

    Dtr -in-law helping me declutter. We started this week and reorganized one kitchen cabinet and the microwave cart. Tomorrow more kitchen cabinets. I plan to use a rule I came across for kitchen counters -if it does not belong in the kitchen get it off the counter! Thanks for the inspiration. Your before closet does look like your after.

  • says:

    This was actually over a week ago, but I’ve kept going from there & this is the post where I mention December212012! 😉

  • says:

    Are those really all of your family’s coats? 🙂 It looks like 1 per person? 🙂

    I went through our coat closet last fall (YAY for hand-me-downs and GoodWill finds!) and limited each person to 3 items — 1 heavy coat and 2 lighter jackets/sweatshirts.

    That is still EIGHTEEN things hanging in there!! 🙂

    But, I am thankful for the warm clothes/coats we are blessed to have. 😀 And, considering that we often wear sweatshirts/light jackets for most of the year (including summer mornings/evenings), I know it’s good to keep that many things. 😀

  • kathy says:

    Update: decluttered under sink cabinet today. As soon as I figure out how to post a picture I will! One thought came to me today that has helped me and I wanted to share. I found it helped me get started to pick an area that could be completed in one hour or less.That gives a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue on to the next hot spot!

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