Declutter and Reorganize Your Home in Different Phases

How did you spend your Labor Day weekend? I hope with friends and family, at cabins or beaches, or whatever interests you the most! For me, I spent some time on the second phase of decluttering and reorganizing my home.

I hear from people all the time that I’m organized. I don’t always believe so, at least not at home. I do try to be organized but then suddenly I have more and more stuff than I had before. Earlier this year, I decided that a goal was to declutter and reorganize my home. I determined doing it in phases would be better than attempting to do it all at once. Unfortunately, I did not take any before photos but I do have some after photos.

Phase One: Closets, Dresser, and Shoes

I originally started in the spring with my three closets, dresser, and shoes. What in the world did I have in three closets?! Well, I had a linen closet that I turned into a shoe closet. I also have two closets in my bedroom; they’re not the same size though. Anyways, before I started that project, all three closets were bursting at the seams. With my dresser, I had some drawers where I couldn’t even fully close them due to how many clothing items I had. No longer though! I did so well that I was able to consolidate what I had in three different closets into one closet. And, I am now able to easily close all of my dresser drawers.

Now in order to do this, I had four categories: Keep, Throw, Maybe, and Donate. If it had holes, stained or just ratty looking, I threw it away. If it was an item that I regularly wore, I kept it. If I wasn’t sure about it, I put it in the maybe pile. If it was in decent shape but I hadn’t worn it in forever, it went into the donate pile. Anything in the donate pile immediately went into bags so I wouldn’t be tempted to take any of the items out and move them into the keep pile. The throw pile went straight to the trash outside to make my life easier. Once I had the donate and throw piles out of my way, I went back to my maybe pile. Each item in that pile I held up and re-categorized it. Once the maybe pile was gone, I went ahead and addressed the new donate and throw piles.

Finally, I only had piles of items I was keeping. I organized them each by shoes, hanging items, folding items. My shoes I had decreased the number enough that I was able to fit them all (except for sandals, Sperry’s, and tennis shoes) on the top two shelves in my large closet. Goodbye sole shoe closet and hello linen and cleaning closet (at least soon enough!). Any hanging item, I immediately went ahead and rehung up in my closet. They’re all hung up in this order, left to right. Each of these sections also go from dark to light in color.

Ruud Attitude

After – Bedroom large closet

  • Accessories (scarves and belts)
  • Long dresses
  • Short dresses
  • Jackets
  • Long-sleeve Tops
  • Short-sleeve Tops
  • Sleeveless Tops
  • Pants and Jeans
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

 

Since I was able to hang up all of the clothing in my large bedroom closet, I was able to use the other one for item organization and not clothes. That one is now my bag, luggage, and hat closet. I also keep all of my extra hangers and formal gowns in there. Then came the dresser. This was fairly easy since a number of items to be folded decreased significantly from the Keep, Throw, Maybe, Donate piles.

Now my clothing, shoes, and accessories are nicely organized. I am able to use my linen closet as an actual linen closet. It’s also much easier for me to decide on an outfit in the morning before work. Since all of my clothing (at least the ones best for work) are in the one closet, I can visually pick out my outfits, including shoes, right away! Without having to dig through multiple closets and drawers for certain items.

Phase 2: Junk Bins and Drawers

 

Ruud Attitude

After – Bins that are now nicely organized

I don’t always know where to put random items so I tend to have several bins and drawers for “junk”. Sometimes I also have no idea where the stuff even came from!

 

It bothers me a lot to have these bins and drawers full of items that I rarely use, or even don’t need at all. Finding the time and motivation to actually do something about it though has been difficult. Since moving into this apartment three years ago, I’ve never taken the time to declutter and reorganize. So, you can only imagine what all was in these drawers and bins! Now it’s been a while since I had reorganized my bedroom closets. I still wanted to keep decluttering and reorganizing my home though. So, I decided to tackle this quick and easy project over Labor Day weekend. Below are all of the random items I found in these bins and drawers.

  • Tons of micro-USB phone chargers
  • Easily 100 pens and pencils
  • Beads for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Spare buttons for clothing items
  • Post-it notes
  • Other items that I honestly can’t remember right now

 

I used the same method as before: Keep, Throw, and Maybe. I reorganized the bins with the items from the Keep pile. After each bin, I would immediately toss the Throw pile into the trash or recycling so I wouldn’t be tempted to keep it. Anything in the Maybe pile, I left there until after following the Throw, Keep, and Maybe method for all of my bins and drawers. Once I was done with all of my bins and drawers, I went back through that Maybe pile and reclassified the items. Since I took the time to go back to them, I realized that the majority of the items could go into the Throw category so that’s exactly what I did.

Although this sounds like a lot of work, I was able to complete this all within a couple of hours, while watching episodes of Netflix’s Van Helsing. 🙂 And don’t you worry, I still had plenty of fun over the holiday weekend! Phase 3: Makeup and Other Bathroom Items will be saved for another time.

Ruud Attitude

After – Dresser drawers all closed. Organized top.

Hobbies and Fun

  • Motorcycle ride to my parents’ home for a visit.
  • Caught up on some Netflix shows.
  • Spent a day hanging by the pool with friends and then playing the card building game, Dominion.
  • Worked a shift at work for extra pay.
  • Worked on my blog!

Do you have any best practices for decluttering and reorganizing? Please share by commenting below. I’d love to hear how you declutter and reorganize.

Alisha Ruud is a Lifestyle and Travel blogger. She is an animal lover, volunteers with a local animal rescue, avid reader, and motorcyclist. With her many interests, she has found a way to inspire others with the same interests and goals in life. She also likes to keep things fun!

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