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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Closet Nazi

Since I had an extra two hours on my hands due to NOT responding to every comment, I decided to clean out the master bedroom closet.

For the record, this is not a picture of our closet, but in all honesty, we were perhaps only one or two shirts away from this potentially becoming our closet. (Does anyone else forget to take "before" pictures?)


One of the blogs I read regularly is Cardigan Empire. Reachel is a fabulous local stylist here in the Phoenix area. (She also happens to be the fairy godmother to NieNie's children.) Reachel has been encouraging readers to not allow their closets to become "a dumping ground of fashion memorabilia". I am so guilty of this offense, several offenses actually.

Offense #1: Adorable shoes, vintage cutie classics and real silk slippers joined by SEVERAL other blister inducing pairs that I will never wear, but sadistically enjoy looking at. Seriously. Enter my alter ego, The Closet Nazi. She said that they must go. Pure torture.


Ditto on the pile 'o purses that are (in my best Goldilocks voice) too small ~ too big ~ too itchy.




Offense #2: Because I love and actually wear vintage clothing, I am often gifted with pieces found by others. Sometimes they fit.... sometimes .... well, this gold lame shell fell into the "too big" category. I absolutely adore the person who gave it to me. The blouse had become a monument to that adoration for over three years. I kept telling myself "I am going to alter it." The Closet Nazi made made me get honest with myself. The reality was that even if I spent the time required to alter the blouse, in my heart of hearts, I am not a gold lame girl. Therefore, it has been decided that this shirt will now go forth and bless someone else with it's fabulousness.




Offense #3: The deal of the decade! Do you ever succumb to this? I am in semi~recovery. Yesterday, I managed to pass up a $5 sundress at Marshalls. I knew that even though it was adorable, it was made of a man made fiber that would totally lock in the heat during brutal Arizona summers and therefore would become a $5 decoration in my closet.

But what to do about the items already purchased and hanging in the clothing graveyard section of my closet ? Fashion greats such as a fantastic For The Republic blazer that was also the deal of the decade and I love how it fits, but have NEVER worn it. Or the totally cute, ultra soft Kenzi sweater. Why? Why are they not being worn?


I studied the blazer, tried it on, and came to this conclusion. "It's the color." I then looked at the fabric content of the tag. I thought of Emily at Some Girls Wander. Can I take a moment to tell you how much I love Emily? Her fashion sense is so spectacularly whimsical and bright and brilliant. What I wouldn't give to spend a day in this girls closet. I aspire to have but a fifth of her moxie. So, Emily subscribes to the theory of "if it's a natural fabric, but in a not so swell shade, then DYE it". Breaking out the RIT, I dyed the blazer. Then switched out the buttons. Wore it all day yesterday. Got compliments. A closer inspection on the sweater revealed that I just didn't like the look of the hook and eye closure. Solution: a pretty broach to cover up the plain metal hardware . Wearing it today. Love it.



Offense #4: Things that should be not be in the closet, but are. I bought these pillows a few months ago at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Scrumptious vintage linen fabric. They have lived on every chair and couch in my home and HAVE NOT WORKED~ Arghhhh! (Yes, the decorator made an impulsive purchase ~ it happens ~and I'm woman enough to admit it. :) Same with the rose picture. The Closet Nazi said that they are to pretty to remain in my closet unloved and can now be found at my Etsy shop for a wee bit less than what I paid for them.





Same offense. I collect dolls and recently found a second Pepper doll and case to become a twin to my first. Because you never know when you might NEED two Pepper dolls. The Closet Nazi informed me that it seemed almost greedy to have two. Pepper can now be found on Ebay.




So the vintage pieces are headed off to appreciative places. The 3 other over stuffed Target bags will go to the domestic violence shelter. The majority of my clothes are name brand and relatively new, and I could probably make a few pretty pennies from selling them. But, I think about a time when I had no self confidence and even less money and was given something lovely. It was indescribable joy. In this way it truly becomes a gift for two people. Now that is a good thing!


I am guessing that you want to see the closet "after". Ta da!




The white boxes (Ikea) hold my collection of antique and vintage dolls. (Someday, they will have a display case.) The baskets hold purses and scarves. Not to worry, I didn't forget Mr. Decor. His side of the closet got a makeover too. I like to arrange things light to dark, short sleeve to long, etc. (The leather satchels were purchased when we lived in Crete. I know someone will want to know. :)





Are you feeling inspired to get organised? This week's Friday Freebie is the book "Mission: Organization~ Strategies and Solutions to Clear Your Clutter". I will also throw in some chocolate and a box a tea. After all, a girl has to have a reward for clearing clutter.


This weeks contest is open to everyone. Leave ONE comment. I will select the winner sometime next week.

UPDATE! The Random Number Generator has selected Monica of The White Bench. Congratulations! I hope the book helps. Maybe we'll see an "after". :)

62 comments :

Princess Of Pink said...

I love your closet but you should see mine AAARRGGGHHHH!!!!
It looks awful it is stuffed and more clothes are on the ground :(

Maybe I need the book?? Lol Please enter me in the give away.

Hugs from Marian

Sally Hackney said...

Hi Laura, I applaud your closet cleanup. Please include me in your drawing. I am not mentally capable of such an undertaking now. Too many grandkids..too many snow days! Have a great weekend.
Sally sjhackney@yahoo.com

Mildred said...

I am relieved to know that I'm not the only one!!! I have many items that are so cute, but just don't work for me. The book looks wonderful - I love the tv show. Hope you have a good weekend.

Terri and Bob said...

I am ready to organize my closet! I never remember before pictures but I am going to do it! I will work on it this weekend. I'll let you know if I follow through!

LiLi M. said...

Aaaah I wish I could declutter like you. Perhaps the book might come in handy ;-)
Big hand to you! You have done great!

krissa reann said...

Awesome job organizing!!!
I recently cleaned out my closet and it feels good to give the stuff you no longer need to others who can find a need for it...
I want to go through my closet again..haha!!!
Would LOVE that book!

jewelstreet said...

Beautiful blue sweater! The transformation is so amazing. I would probably need to do my closet except I'm in the process of remodeling it. So the closet is my bedroom. Great work though. I have the worst time getting rid of things. Just what I needed to get me ready for my organization party on Monday!

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

Oh,to be that organized,I too am so guilty of the what I call
"HOLD - ONS"....perhaps with a lot of inspiration from a friend...and lol...a little chocolate...I could be further persuaded,oh and now that your closet is so tidy, maybe I could add some time if you would be so sweet as now that you'll be out leaving comments to tell everyone a lil' hi from me...a greeting from me whom is fighting a little war in the "HOLD_ON" zone!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh please sign me up and please please say a prayer that I win. I KNOW that my daughter and sil (I live with them) would be so happy to see this book in my hand and come away with just one of the ideas.......

knitandputt@yahoo.com said...

your closets look great. I love to organize and clean out every first of the year. I like your idea of your husbands shirts, I organize by color, but I never thought of short sleeve vs long sleeve. Thanks for the give away

Melissa Wertz said...

Great post! I am not a clothes hog. Never have been. My feet are so hard to fit, so I have so few shoes, I end up buying expensive ones (or the occasional 'good deal') and wearing them in fashion or not, praying they they will last until I can find another pair...
But, I think I have every purse ever given to me, I have ever made, bought, etc. And I need that book for other areas in my home as well! Thanks for the post and the GiveAWay!

Jess said...

Your closet looks great!
One of these days, I will have a closet like that!!

Rosanne said...

Just last weekend I cleaned out 7 garbage bags full of stuff from my and my 2 daughters closets!

Caffeine said...

That "after" picture is just lovely! I don't have too many issues keeping our closet organized, but I really need to go through it for clothes I'm not wearing.

Reachel Bagley, Stylist said...

Laura-
I am so proud of you! Don't you just love thinking about the people at the Goodwill who are going to find your lovelies. Personally, I like to make up imaginary names and life stories for them: Shanice who is getting ready for a job interview or Alyce whose rough financial year doesn't exclude her from a hot date with her husband. My sister does the same thing. One day when her 4 year old son put on his favorite shirt he asked, "Mom, does Paco need this shirt more than I do?"

heather said...

Wow! Great job on that closet! I love that little butterfly pin. Its beautiful!

And I'd love to be in the drawing too. I could use some help when it comes to organization!

LvPoohBr2 said...

Great job! I wish I had a closet that big! I guess if I did it would just be more for me to clean out though huh? LOL So what I do have is an absolute mess! I've talked it over with my family and I believe we are all in agreement that it is time to declutter! We are all packrats and really need to get rid of so much stuff. Please enter me in you contest. Thanks! Ü

Tracy said...

Great inspiration, Laura. Love the fashion re-fashioning!

Annette said...

Wow that looks great!! My closet is okay (for now) but I have a storage room that needs help big time. You make me feel motivated to go tackle it.

D'Rae said...

i could really use that book.

I too need to go through my closet yet again and take a GOOD look at what I want my clothes to do for me.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Well cleaning out certainly seems to be the thing lately. I just did a major clean-up of my sewing room. That book looks interesting...and of course the chocolate seals the deal for me!

MGM

Linda said...

I NEED this! I have been cleaning some drawers but that is because I am putting off doing the closet! You are an inspiration...I hope I win!

pgardner84 said...

Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog at a perfect time. I have been cleaning out closets and drawers and cabinets all week. It is hard work! Maybe the book would help. Please enter me in your giveaway! Thanks!

Sue said...

I too hang on to things "just in case" or buy things because "oh so cute and I think I know where it might go" I am in desperate need to just take the plunge and purge, PURGE & PURGE somemore. I have so many clothes that no longer fit because I have lost a lot of weight but for some reason I keep hanging on to them even though I have NO INTENTION of ever wearing them again. Please enter me into your drawing I could so use that book. Sometimes a small idea grows into a BIG solution.
PS: I love the look of your closet and also love reading your blog and all your great Fantastic ideas!!! Keep up the good work
Sue

Edie said...

I'm in the process of decluttering my house and I love organizing. This book sounds like a must have. Please enter me. :)

Barb said...

When we moved to American Samoa last year, I got rid of so much stuff and it felt soooo good to be free of it. I now only own about five skirts, 10 blouses, from a zillion shoes to about 10 pairs (I only wear about 2 of them) and 4 capris, 5 Tshirts...well..you get the picture. Sometimes we all think we need more than we do. It feels soo good to be free of it. When I see some article of clothing I want....I just have to tell myself no. Although, after being here a year, it is time I invest in some new T shirts. I am not that good about material....it is always...who cares, I want it...well...you know the rest of the story.

The Blonde Duck said...

My closet is a black hole of despair and lack of fashion. I have no intention of entering any time soon, though my husband is threatening to lock me in there until it's clean.

Janet said...

Your closet looks great!

I too, have a closet loaded with acrylic, cashmere blend and other assorted "itchy" stuff that never makes it out of the house. You can rarely wear cotton sweaters in Southern California.

You have inspired me to purge the sweater section.

Love the book!

Blondie's Journal said...

Great job Laura! With me there are only before picture, if you get that(hee hee!!). And somehow that is made worse after seeing your "after" closet which is 3x the size of mine (don't you just love old houses??) :-)
Have a good weekend

xoxo
Jane

Blue Castle said...

I need that book. Really. Please enter me. Thank you. :)

Melanie Anne said...

What a fun blog! Your closet looks great! I love oraganizing--it feels so good--but sometimes I just need a plan! Thanks for the advice! Put me in for your Friday Freebie! Sounds great!

~♥~ Monica S said...

My oh my you've had a busy couple of hours haven't you!?
I just wish I had the size of your closet.. and I'd be happy!

Have a great weekend!
and by the way thank you for the comment!! :-)

Monica

Shelley said...

Winter just seems to be the time of year that I NATURALLY want to organize...must be the cold COLD keeping me in. I'm a packrat and I hoard! I need to organize my clutter! NO NO, just kidding! I'd like the prize to organize better; and relax with tea and chocolate when I'm fatigued. :)

Jen said...

Laura, I could totally relate! I love vintage stuff and breakdown and by new and vintage that I love to look at but never wear. You have inspired me to step inside the evil crowded room and root out the devilish clothes that crowd the walls - and that "SIGH" will never be worn - I am inspired to dye, to embellish or to give away - I am touched by your thoughtful gift to women who need a good looking piece to transform their lives for but a moment or perhaps forever. GO LAURA - my life would not be the same without you.

Mimi said...

OK, now you've really done it...my closets are a mess and I feel guilty now that I've read your blog. Tomorrow I will clean one, only one. Why only one? Because I'll need to organization book to do the rest!

Coastal Sisters said...

If I win this book I am giving it to the Commander because his closet is a disaster. That probably stems from him being a batchelor for 10 years before he married me :) I haven't touched his closet yet and we have been married two years. I just don't have the heart to do it so perhaps the book would help.

The Chocolate and Tea would be mine though :)

LuLu~*

ScrappinAway said...

Well I amazed that you and your hubby share a closet! There is no way I could. Not only do I have a full walkin closet, dresser, clothes in bins under the bed, I have now started to take over a closet in the guest room, sooooo I guess what I am saying is HELP, I need some organization!

Mimi Sue said...

Very inspirational. It only took two hours? Maybe I should get my behind off this chair and into my closet. Mimi

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Your closet looks great and I'm sure you feel great when you walk in it! Mine is scary right now and I feel blah when I'm deciding what to wear! That's my sad story! :-)

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, the master bedroom closet is one of February's projects! Of course I'd like that book -- perhaps it will help!

brentandsarah said...

ohh, organization! Please enter me, we are in the process of reorganizing right now!

Sarah N

gina said...

very nice job! I did the same thing a few days after christmas and it feels great. Thanks for sharing you have a wonderful blog.

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ooo, I may just be one of THE most guilty!! The worst part is that I don't have any *real* closets!

I LOVE that little cottage purse!!!

I have been trying to do better and get rid of things, I really have. But it's baby steps, ya know?

CG said...

Amzing! I didn't clean the closet, but I did scrub the whole bathroom today. I'm dying now! Tomorrow is the kitchen, only god knows when I will get round to doing the wardrobe. Do I need the book? My husband always accuses me of untidyness... well I confess I'm one of those, will sort it out later people, I could definitely use the book, so please, please enter me into that draw :)

Christie said...

You've inspired me! My closet is in desperate need of organization..... mayhap I'll get around to it in the next week!

Jean said...

Thanks very much for stopping by and for the wonderful comments. Your blog is amazing and beautiful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am SO impressed, Laura! This is truly amazing. You should see my closet. On second thought, no you shouldn't. LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Shimmy Mom said...

Great give-away. As a matter of fact we organized my girls room today and I desperately need to do my own closet. *ugh* Yours looks amazing. I will use it as my inspiration.
*hugs*

Miss Linda said...

Congratulations on cleaning your closet, and on staying away from the computer! That's something I have resolved to do myself, so I will be leaving fewer comments on some of my favorite blogs, unfortunately. Your closet looks wonderful!

Vintagesquirrel said...

I love that you reworked some of your unworn clothing. I, too, have quite a bit of vintage clothing. (mostly dresses) I find it really difficult to get rid of any of them, even though I know I'll only wear a handful. I'm weird about my clothes in that I feel I need to find them a good home. Any suggestions for releasing myself from this guilt?

Charm and Grace said...

I am very impressed first of all with your ability to assess yourself in all these areas, but then to actually have the courage to do away with things. That is where I have trouble... but let's not talk about me. Love what you did with the sweater putting the clip at the neckline. Things like that just don't occur to me. (Let me just assure you that I could REALLY use that book.)

Blessings,
Christi

Charlene said...

I had the closet rod pull OFF the wall. Do you think I had tooooooooooooooo much stuff on it? DUH! I need the closet commando to come & pull rank & file in mine! Great Job! Now, you'll start filling it back up. Girls just wanna have fun!

Carrie said...

This post inspires me to take a hard look at the items that are making my closet an undesireable venture each time I need to get something to wear.

Marilyn said...

oooh to be this organised...sigh... please enter me in the giveaway.. I neeeeeed that book. Marilyn.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I was thrilled to find your blog and find out that you were de-cluttering your closet. I am doing the same thing to my whole house. I blogged about it a while back. I am taking one room at a time, so it is not too overwhelming. I could put that book to good use. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.
Love & blessings.

Creations from my heart said...

I love cleaning out my closet. I look through my clothes every couple months. If I haven't worn it in the last year, out it goes to goodwill. If I could only get my husband to do the same! Please include me in your giveaway.
Blessings.,..Sherry

The White Bench said...

Ohhh Laura! I REALLY need to be more organized! I definitely have to open my wardrobe soon:((((((((((
Gosh, why on eath is it so difficult to de-clutter??
My studio needs the very same treatment...
I am soo 'envious' you already DID it!
Monica.

Susan S. said...

What a COOL blog! I popped over from another and am going to add you to my favorites. I live in a small house so I religiously go through my closets. I love to shop too so this is justificfation to shop...I tell myself I've cleaned out now I can go buy something...LOL! I do the color code, sleeve length thing too.

I've been helping out my neighbor who is a pack rat. Over the last few weekends we've decluttered the house and now we are going to work on her closet (which seriously hasn't been gone through in YEARS...I can't even imagine! (no judging...I just like to weed out things quickly. I'm going to direct her to your blog and tell her to pick up some great ideas!

Happy New Year From Houston!

Amy said...

Hi Laura-
I saw your blog thru the comments on Cardigan Empire. I adore your blog. I have blog envy, but in a good way. It's nice to see happy, uplifting blogs. I just had my 6th baby and I'm trying to remember how organize my life once again. I'm thinking a book would help?

Please enter me in the give away.

xoxoxo

Amy

Liz said...

AHHH! If only it would stay that way! :)

Good Ideas... the trick is to stick to it all year ... then you don't end up with the mess I have right now! : (

Have a great week!
~Liz

Glenda said...

Well if she came to my closet, she'd be here for a week. My closet is a lost world, and has a life all it self.

Ciao

Tanya said...

Sometimes I am the closet Nazi and sometimes I think that I need more stuff. Please enter me in the drawing for the book so that my closet personality disorder can be cured!