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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Do You Have An, "I Don't Know!" Box?


*Putting a mirror on the back wall makes the closet looks larger*

It is that time of year again and this year I AM going to purge my house and get rid of all the extra things I no longer need, or use.


After living in our sweet little home for 37 years you can imagine how much we have accumulated. 

I am what you might call an organized hoarder. I have way to much stuff, but I stack it neatly, Okay sometimes the stacks fall, but they start out neat.

*notice all the hangers are the same*

When I purge I usually start in my closet. It is a good place to start since I am usually changing out my Fall/Winter clothes to my Spring/Summer wardrobe.

One technique that I have found that helps me in the process is to have a keep, donate, and an, “I don’t know box!”

* all clothing is color coded*

The I don’t know box has saved me a lot of time over the years. 

I have found when you first start purging it is hard to get rid of things, but once you get your rhythm going, it becomes easier.

*hanging a small mirrored medicine cabinet from Target is helpful in keeping my perfumes orderly and easily reached*

If you stop the process or rhythm, and try to justify whether to keep it or not, the entire process gets bogged down. 

*shoes that I do not wear all the time are in boxes*

Once you are done going through everything and  then go back to the I don’t know box at the end you  will find that you will easily wind up donating most of the items that you thought you might wind up keeping.

P1150014  *hooks are great for hanging hats and necklaces*

Trust me I have done this for years and it really speeds up the process.

*Flip flops are kept in a pretty basket*

*Shoes that I wear frequently are on a wall rack*

Helpful Hint:

Another little helper is, if you use the word MIGHT, as in I might use this someday, or I might need this someday, get rid of it because the word MIGHT is a real good indicator that you have not, or will not use it in the future.

These are some of the helpful hints I have found that have worked for me. I hope you all can try this out to see if it will help you in your purging.



Karena said...

These are super tips Kathysue. If I think well maybe one day I will wear it, out it goes!!

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Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Super tips, thanks for sharing.
fondly ~lynne ~

designchic said...

I need to use every single tip…your closet looks amazing!!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Kathysue, your closet is an inspiration. I'm filing away your tips for the ranch.

Merlin said...

Oh, I laughed...an "organized hoarder"...fits me, too, a T!! (Of which I have MANY t-shirts, etc.) Put me in the "over forty years accumulation" and I'm daunted!! Sometimes I wear the "might" just so I can "justify it"...it's a sickness.. :) franki

June from Oregon said...

Kathysue, I've followed you for quite some time, but this is the first I've written.

Love the idea of a mirror. We'll put one up on wall at the end of our long walk-in closet.

I keep my PERFUME in the FRIDGE. I have fragrances in there that I've had for 20 years, and they are still true to their scent. Feels good to dab on some coolness in the summer.


Beach House Living said...

I miss the walk in closets I used to have. It was much easier to keep them organized and to do the clearing out of things.

Desert Diva said...

I have used some of your past tips and they worked out so well! Thanks for sharing!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I am keeping that word "might" in mind!...