The Challenge: The Husband’s Closet!

Have you struggled to organize your husband’s closet? Then Watch & Be AMAZED!!

OK! … Allow me to explain :-/ !  As I stated, I’ve been married for a long time and during the early years of our marriage, I was very diligent in organizing my husband’s closet.  I would hang up all his clothes and make sure that all the shirts & jackets were facing in the same direction.  I would separate the dress pants from the jeans and make sure that all his shoes were lined up properly.

THEN…..  Within a week, the closet would be in complete disarray and out of order!!!  But guess what!?!?, the organizer in me, YES! would organize it again!  I thought that my husband didn’t truly understand how important an organized closet was and after he tried it for a little while, he would realize how much easier his life would be?!?!?!

WELL …. after years of frustration, trying to make it work, I admitted defeat!

SO… This video was meant to help many of you, who are still trying to make it work and organize the husband’s closet.  Take the advice of an expert, you do have some choices:

  • Continue to nag and insist that one day, he will realize that he should really organize his closet; get rid of all the old clothes that he will never fit in again and toss those items that are tattered and torn… Trust me, I know!
  • Continue to organize it yourself and be frustrated to no end, because “he just doesn’t get it!”
  • OR…. resign yourself to the idea that he doesn’t really want his closet organized, save yourself all the frustration and close the door!!

I hope that this video/post has helped someone out there.  At times, you just have to pick your battles and this may be one that’s not worth fighting!!!!!!

If you still need to talk about it, just give me a call! 😀

“Your house must be Super organized!” The Confession…

No, my house is NOT Super organized!  I too have had to find that place between neat & nightmare, which I could tolerate and maintain.  As I have said on many occasions, you learn to tolerate a lot more when you live with other people.  The Lord knew not to give me Order Your Steps… let’s say 10 years ago or even 5 years ago, because I would have made a LOT of people mad, upset and some even seeking psychological help…  I know now that I would have tried to force my clients into being organized the way that I thought that they should be organized.  As we found out in “The Psychology of Clutter”,  everyone’s tolerance for clutter is different. If I develop an organized system that you can’t maintain, it makes life most miserable.

Back to my house… I must say that since we found a new church home, there is a new Peace in our house.  We have also become reacquainted with God’s purpose for us and the importance of having our lives in divine order.  What does this mean?  My family has become more tolerate of my need obsession to organize and keep things in order.  Prior to this revelation, it was a fight daily to pick up, straighten up, throw away, etc. etc. etc.  Now, please don’t misunderstand, I would stay that 90% of my house is neat and orderly. But for someone like me, the other 10% made my heart hurt and my brain would want to explode, when I went into certain areas of my home and opened certain doors…

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This is my husband’s closet. I started to show you what is behind the door, but decided against it. 😦

Then, there is the basement, which is still unfinished.  We have been in this house for 10 years, but the basement was one of those areas that was off limits, because this was HIS space.  BUT, in the last few months, my husband worked with me to put things in Order.

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Doesn’t it look nice? Sorry, I don’t have the BEFORE picture, but NO, you couldn’t imagine! 😀

But we still have some work in progress!

013Even my oldest daughter is getting in on the act.  Check out her Extreme Makeover for more details.  It makes me want to cry tears of joy… sob! sob!

Bookcases for her shoes and books!!!

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And a bookcase for her shoes. Wow!

And then, there is my office.  I bought a new desk and everything had to be reorganized.  You know like when you buy a new dress and you have to reorganized the whole closet!  Well, maybe you don’t know about that???  😀

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No, my house is NOT Super organized, but there is a Peace that makes the little disorder a lot more tolerable.  Yes, there are other areas that still need work.  Maybe I will share those areas with you in another post… or maybe not?  🙂

“OYS to the Rescue!” Chapter Two: The Closet

I left Ann with her homework assignment, which was to sort and purge her clothes in her closet.  Unfortunately, oftentimes the “P” word will stop us in our tracks… PROCRASTINATION!!!    The organizing process may seem simple, but there are some that just need a little help in staying motivated.  They need someone like me to facilitate and guide them through.

sortAnn felt a little guilty that she had not completed her assignment, but we can’t dwell there.  We must DIVE RIGHT IN  (remember our contest??) to today’s session.  Ann and I began to touch each item and make a quick decision to keep or go!  If we dwell on any one item too long, we are more lightly to KEEP it.   Now again, contrary to popular belief, as an professional organizer, it is NOT my job to make you throw everything away!!!  However, we must have the space to have a proper place for everything we decide to keep.

Ann did an absolutely AWESOME job making quick decisions.  We made it through all her clothes and now it was time to ORGANIZE…. tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets and suits.  We could organize by color, sleeve length, etc., but whatever system we develop, Ann had to be able to maintain it.  If Ann was not going to be able to keep all the blue short sleeve tops together when I left, then why do it that way?

After we organized the clothes, we worked on the shoes, handbags, and everything that Ann wanted to be stored in her closet.  We maximized all the available space and we made sure that Ann knew everything that was in the closet and she could find it quickly when she needed it.  Ann was absolutely amazed at what she was able to accomplish… by the way, we found items that she had even forgotten she had (some still had the tags on them!)  I LOVE Discovery!

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“OYS to the Rescue”! – Chapter One: The First Organizing Session

Well, the assessment is over and it is time for our first organizing session.  Ann met me at the door and I could see the enthusiasm in her eyes.  During the assessment, we decided to divide the project into phases and prioritize the area(s), based on the level of frustration produced.  Today, we will be focusing on her bedroom.  I’ve coined the phrase “line of sight” to describe the visual perspective that we have when we walk into the house.  The clutter in a specific area, which causes immediate frustration, it drains our energy and just changes our entire disposition.  It could be the garage when we pull in our car, the foyer where the mail is piling up, etc. etc. etc.  Mind you, contrary to popular belief, this affects men and women.

Where is your place of sanctuary in your home?  For most women, I believe  it is the bedroom and for most men, I believe it is the study or man cave.  Sanctuary is the place where we unwind, take a moment for a cup of tea or coffee and a good book or magazine.  For Ann, it was her bedroom, where the clutter monster has taken over.  Unfortunately, it was so overwhelming that she didn’t know where to start.  Every time she walked into her room, she felt hopeless, so invariably she would come in, drop off the clothes, push the stuff on the bed aside and go on to the next task.

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Now that we were in Ann’s bedroom, we had to decide where to start.  Again, prioritize!  … first, the bed, the floor and then the closet and drawers.  As we went through the stuff in her bedroom, we had to determine the proper place for everything, even if we have to designate a temporary place until we made room for all the stuff that we had.  So we cleared the laundry, clothes and papers off the bed first.  We folded all the laundry placed them in a plastic bin temporarily.  We hung up the clothes and placed them in the front right hand side of the closet so that we wouldn’t have to go through them again.  We then set aside the paper items to sort through later in this phase of project.

We worked up a sweat and then took a break for some water and some rest.  It was a great sense of accomplishment when we could actually make up the bed and literally walk around the bed without stepping on something other than carpet.

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Next week, we tackle the closet….

Let’s Tackle the Closet!

If you have been paying attention, you know that to be “organized” means to be able to find what you need when you need it!  So let’s talk about tackling the closet.  It can be any closet, but I’d like to focus on the clothes closet.  It is the clothes closet that you have to face EVERY morning….

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“Let’s Organize Your Closet”

Step 1 – We must know EVERY item that is in our closet.  Most of us believe that we know every item in our closet.  Do you?  I would venture to guess that you may not know every item in your closet. Some of us may have things in our clothes closet that we forgot were even there.  Is that you?

Step 2 – We must know EVERY item in our closet… which means we MUST touch every item in our closet.  Would someone please move the needle on the record?  LOL!!  But seriously, things get sucked into the black hole of our clothes closets because they get pushed further and further back where we can’t see them, thus we forget that they are there.

Step 3 – Make a decision on EVERY item in our closet… Keep, Donate, Throw Away and make the decision QUICKLY.  If you think about it too long, it is very likely that you will decide to keep it.  To the woman that has the size ___ (fill in the blank) that you are going to fit in again– it’s been 5 years — it is time to let it go.  To the man who has that favorite sweater that is two (2) sizes too small, it is time to give it away!

Step 4 – Once we have completely PURGED the entire closet, it is time for us to organize.

Step 5 – So what’s left?  There are tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets, sweaters, pants, shirts, suits, shoes, boots, etc.  Let me suggest that we put “like” items together.  Once we have grouped “like” items, it is up to you to what degree of organization that you want to go — the same color, the same sleeve length, light jackets, heavy jackets, BUT to whatever degree you go, you have to be able to MAINTAIN IT!

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Don’t Over Organize -OR- within a week,

your organized system is NO longer organized.

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What to do with the “Secret” Closet?

Or Not??…. Your secret closet may not be so secret!  🙂

This month, we are going to “Declare Our Independence” from Clutter!!

So, Where to we start??

Sort & Purge

Organize!

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Please Stay Tuned for the next episode of “My Son has Reappeared”…  

I believe that I have had ANOTHER Revelation?????

Are you REALLY organized?

Do you have a secret closet?  I can not stress enough that being organized, does NOT mean that your house is so neat, that you can’t live in it.  Have you ever been in someone’s house that was soooooo clean that you didn’t want to sit down???  You were even afraid to breathe, cause your breath might leave air particles on the furniture….

Your organized space must be live-able and if it is tooooo organized, yes, I really mean too organized, it will be very difficult to maintain!

That piece of paper is in the yellow folder, with the pink dot, in the green drawer of the purple file cabinet

and it is the third sheet of paper, with the red tab….  ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!

The primary goal of being organized is to have some order to your stuff so that you can find what you need, when you need it.  If you have a secret closet, than you are probably NOT organized, you are just REAL neat….

WATCH THIS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apvf4UihPd8&feature=youtu.be