This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post.
In my last #minimize wardrobe post I rounded out the Closet Clean Out challenge with some discussion on my approach to managing my seasonal capsule wardrobes. This week I was inspired – yet again – to switch up the originally scheduled post because I want to have a little more fun with the capsule concept and incorporate it with the self-portrait challenge #myselfiescrapbook. That means ONE final week of the wardrobe challenge before we move on.
I’ve been wanting an excuse to spruce up my closet a bit, so when the idea of a closet tour came up, I thought “what a perfect excuse!” It’s not often that I get the chance to show off my favorite room in my house.
Yes, you read that right: my closet is my favorite room in my house.
Sure, that is partly because we’re renovating, and living a renovator’s lifestyle pretty much guarantees that nothing is ever perfect (because we’re always prepping for the next major project): our furniture was purchased for other spaces, much of what we have is second-hand, and I would just REALLY like to have the budget to decorate and final-final everything to perfection. But, let’s be honest – life is far from perfect. And life with a toddler, two dogs, and a lot of tear-downs and rebuilds makes it completely impractical. Our spaces are in transition. It is our reality.
There are a few corners of our house that are final. And the closet is probably the most final-final corner of our house. Sure, it needs to be repainted with a different paint type (these are the things that happen when you run out of paint and need to get things finished) – but besides that, we’re done in there. It’s an inspiring space. And if you take a look at the photos, I think you’ll see why.
But first – some fun BEFORE pictures. The lady in the photo is my kick-ass mother-in-law. Her and I liberated the oppressive space while the guys (Chris, our friend Tommy, and my father-in-law) worked on what is now our bedroom/office (I’ll tour that after the tech series).
Our Master Closet-Laundry | Before Pictures
This is the photo from the home appraisal. Note to future self: get better at taking “before” pictures. I never think of it until after we start. And, believe me, the entire transformation is honestly breathtaking.
Note | Notice the window to the right. This will help you orient in the “after” photos.
Our Master Closet-Laundry | After Pictures
So here is the final transformation. After construction (completed within a month of our move-in). After design, installation, and finish work. And after my wardrobe minimize series.
With these before-and-afters it can be hard to orient yourself. Here is the wall that had cabinets on it.
My Wardrobe | Final Photos & Reflection
Aren’t before and afters SO much fun?! Okay. Back to the intention of this post: let’s wrap up the #minimize portion of the 5-week closet clean out challenge.
This is what my closet looks like now. It’s A LOT more empty, though I’m not sure that translates with my photo. For reference, here is my “before” for the start of this challenge.
And this is what my closet looks like every day – after the challenge. It’s definitely better. But – wait for it.
In celebration of the end of the challenge (and the overly hopeful end of winter), I decided to pare down my closet to what I really wear. And do you know what I saw?
But, wait, there’s more. Because when I separated out what I wore more than once – well, you’ll see for yourself.
So it turns out, that when you take out:
- The things that don’t fit
- The things you don’t like
- The things you don’t wear
- The things out-of-season
- The things hidden in corners
AND THEN you do it again at the end of the season – that’s when you get the real, hard truth about your habits and the things you keep. And that’s when your consignment income gets a boost.
Next week I’m going to show off my winter capsule wardrobe – item by item – in a fun #myselfiescrapbook inspired post. Stick around. It gets even more fun!