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April 15, 2016

Shanika’s Closet Goodwill Declutter Challenge

We have a hallway closet that is used for…well, more than it should be. Originally, it was supposed to be used for holding towels and toiletries. Then the Christmas décor came, then my sewing machine and accessories came, then…*sigh*

Pretty soon I found myself just throwing things in there, closing the door, and walking away. Out of sight out of mind, ya know?

I knew the closet needed a makeover. The before is not pretty. I’ve spent the past week prepping for an event where I was vending and everything was getting thrown around (and the dirty towel pile was being neglected). Here is how it looks on a really bad day:


Here are the steps I took for this major clean out:

1. TAKE A DEEP BREATH!!! Make sure you go into the task as calm and zen as possible because it can’t be very overwhelming.

2. Get your bags ready. One for garbage and one for Goodwill donations.

3. Work in layers. In the past I would take everything down and then sort it out. Bad idea! That is the quickest way for you to get overwhelmed, quit halfway through and jump on the couch to play a few rounds of Candy Crush .

For the closet I worked shelf by shelf. When I’ve done a whole room I usually break the room into sections (in my head).

4. Cute storage is everything! I’m constantly finding wicker baskets of all sizes at Goodwill. They are perfect for hiding items you don’t want to stare at every time you open the closet (Hello, toilet paper!)

Patterns for upcoming projects

Patterns for upcoming projects

Spools of thread

Spools of thread

Nail polish & tools

Nail polish & tools

Toilet Paper & Paper Towels

Toilet Paper & paper towels

Scraps of fabric for a quilt I plan to make one day. ONE DAY.

Scraps of fabric for a quilt I plan to make one day. ONE DAY.

Christmas decor

And here’s the After:


What a difference! I could have painted this closet (White walls are the worst!). But one project at a time. 🙂

This makeover took about an hour and only $20.

Ok, Folks. I know I am not the only one with a “less-loved” room. I want to see some Before and Afters! Be sure to enter the Goodwill Spring Declutter Challenge.

There are some great prizes up for grabs!




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