Memorial Day Closet Reorg

Monday was a pretty awesome day, in terms of productivity. We could have stuffed our faces at another BBQ or relaxed in the park and caught some sun (which I would’ve loved to do, BTW.) Instead, Gavin and I whipped our apartment back into shape. But first, we juiced.

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The order of business began with our bedroom closet. While my coworkers joke that this is probably the most organized location on earth, I must admit I’ve given other areas of the apartment much more thought and consideration than this one.

I’m a firm believer in the method of clearing everything out and starting with a blank slate when it comes to household organization. So that’s what I did.

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Then I made three piles: keep, donate, toss, and worked my way through the mountain of clothes- both mine and Gavin’s.

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The end result was a very functional approach to closet storage (sans shelves.) In the last apartment I had meticulously installed shelves in almost every closet. This time, I went easy on myself and worked with what we had. (Also, it’s so hard to put work into each apartment only to rip it all out every time you leave. I really want to have a place where I can install shelving systems and not have to take them down.)

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Taaaa-daaa! Here’s the approach:
– suits, ties and dresses in the far left (partially hidden by the bedroom door, which means we rarely open this side of the closet anyway)
– dress shoes and evening purses on the shelf directly above that
– Gavin’s clothes on the left, mine on the right; both hung and folded above on the shelf
– everyday shoes on the floor shelf (These are mostly women’s shoes since Gavin keeps his extensive collection of Nikes lined up by the front door.)
– Gavin’s hats are ordered in three rows on the small shelf, which is a little hard to see but it’s there
– and lastly, I made a space for the laundry hamper: accessible yet tucked away so that when people visit they won’t have to see our dirty clothes (Mostly so that WE don’t have to see our dirty clothes.)

On a somewhat related side note, here are some things Gavin has learned so far from living together:
– The concept of transitioning your closet for summer/winter.
– The difference between closet furniture, college furniture and real furniture.

Since it was hot out and doing anything with the stove seemed unnecessary and unwise, I threw together a pasta salad with a bunch of veggies that we had.

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Later on, I caught Milo in the other room, happily basking in the full force of the nearby fan, practicing his Pilates.

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