Killing Closet Clutter

Left side of closet after organizing.

I finally killed my closet clutter! When I began my organization vacation, I didn’t realize that I could have spent those 3 days on the closet only. I think everything my husband and I accumulated ended up in there when we didn’t have anywhere else to put it. I think 8-10 bags of trash and shredded paper came from the closet only! See the before pictures in the previous post.

Right side of closet after organizing.

This is where the 50-50 rule came in very handy. I told my husband we should only keep stuff we have a 50% chance of using. I have a lot of plastic drawers that were full of craft supplies, so it was pretty easy to purge those bins. Then, I had a lot more space, and could use it more wisely for the stuff I’ll actually use.

Excuses for keeping supplies you don’t need

“It has potential”– I love making things out of recycled materials, but collecting things that had “artistic potential” took up half my closet! I don’t really do much collage art anymore, so I kept a few things for projects I will actually get to, and the rest I boxed up for a friend that does collage art. Don’t keep so much that you can barley function in your space. If you save more things than you could possibly use, I recommend allowing another artist to tap the potential.

“It was expensive”– Well it really doesn’t matter how much you paid if you don’t use it. I plan to sell a chunk of my extra supplies in the Supplies Me! sale on June 26th. If I don’t sell everything, I might try Craig’s list or my Etsy shop. Don’t let supplies become overpriced paperweights, or let them hog your valuable storage real estate.

“I don’t know if I need it or not”– If there are items you’re not sure you will use, I recommend boxing them up and setting them aside for a week to a month. If you don’t go digging it out by then, you probably aren’t going to use it. That’s how I decided I really didn’t need that pasta machine for my polymer clay.

I hope you found these tips helpful! I am so close to finally being finished with my studio organization, and I will finally be able to function in here.

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  • avatar Duchess Erickson June 10, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Congratulations on a job well done! Now if only I can get motivated to clean up my stuff! LOL!

  • avatar Ralonda June 10, 2010, 5:17 pm

    That is some great progress you made. I am sure all that extra space will help with the rest of the organization in your studio. I need to go thru some things again–I just did this after Christmas but it is time again!

  • avatar closet organizer June 16, 2010, 12:23 pm

    You are cracking me up. I wish my husband would live by the 50/50 rule. He’s more like the 10/90 one. If he’s got a 10% chance in his lifetime to use it – it stays. I’m going to toss your rule out to him and see if he bites. Oh I wish he will….

  • avatar Sig August 8, 2010, 9:52 am

    You do know that an organized studio is a sign of a deranged mind mind, don’t you??

    That’s why I strive to keep mine in pure bedlam all the time!! :)


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