I thought I was organized. After all, my shoes looked liked this:
And I recently made my “closet alcove” look like this:
But my shoe hanger started falling apart and putting my shoes away became a Russian roulette of sorts – if I placed them wrong, every pair fell to the ground. So I stopped putting them away and then there were piles of shoes, kind of everywhere. (And these are just the ones that were in the bedroom.)
And I realized that my brilliant organization resulted in dumped out bins in the middle space as I dug for a certain type of clothing to complete runs in the awful cold weather we are having. Seriously, not only could I not find anything, I could barely walk on my side of the bed.
(None of this was precipitated by the fact that Skirt Sports is coming out with their spring line. None of it. Ok, maybe some of it was…)
So, I went back to the drawing board, moved some furniture around, and began the great clean up.
Steps for getting things under control:
1. Remove anything that no longer gets worn. OK, I admit I kept some race t-shirts that I have yet to wear but I recently did send off a bunch to be made into a quilt (pictures/review of that soon). Several things went in the trash and a handful of things will be donated or sold.
2. Organize likes with likes – depending on the size of your collection, ahem, you may even have separate piles for compression socks versus regular running socks. Not that I’d know anything about that.
3. Figure out what your storage options are – do you have extra drawer space or more space in your closet or under the bed? Or, are you like me, and have to actually use separate storage items sitting out in your bedroom. (My house was built back when people wore suits to baseball games and only had a few outfits, so my closets are miniscule.) In my case, I was able to free up two dresser drawers and a small shelving unit.
4. Add smaller storage containers to big spaces to keep things from commingling. By keeping like with like and separate from others, even if a section or bin gets messy, it’s a small area to look in for something.
5. Store things where it makes sense. For me, that means that hats, gloves, jackets, sunglasses and electronics are near the front door. So, I removed all of those things from my bedroom and put them where they needed to be.
6. Straighten each storage unit. For some things this means folding, for others rolling (thanks for this suggestion, Deborah!), for others (socks) just dumping into bins works for me.
7. Don’t forget your shoes. OK, not everyone has an athletic shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos, but most of us have a few pairs. (OK, I admit I have more than a few…) I’m still working on that part as the weather has made anything other than online shopping a bit of a pain. I know what I want to do – just need to get the rest of the shelving ’cause yeah, that box has more shoes in it.
There you go! My running clothes are now all organized.
Just in time for the new Happy Girl skirts to come out next week (stop by for a chance to win one!)
Are you starting to dream of spring? Maybe a little “spring organizing” will help you too!