You can get by with ignoring some household tasks for a time. Dishes? Not so much, but you can ignore the mess in the closet for years. Open door, stuff something in, anywhere you can find space. Shut door really fast so you don’t have to think…or feel guilty about the chaos that reigns behind the door.
Truly, there is a blessing to a closed closet door. (Why would anyone what to install open shelving instead of kitchen cabinets? That’s a disaster waiting to happen…for people like me).
Some Like it Neat
Some folks are good at keeping the house neat. These blessed ones can create order by merely walking into a room. Dust and debris parts like the Red Sea with the swish of a dust rag. The sheer power of their presence tames chaos and destroys even the thought of untidiness. How do they do this?
When these god-like creatures clean, everything looks like a magazine shoot for Southern Living. They sweep the room with their eyes and things magically return to where they belong. This kind of person is most likely related to both Martha Stewart and Mary Poppins.
Then there are the kinds of people who create clutter wherever they go, leaving a trail of dishes, pens, paper, books, socks, shoes, hair ties, and other unsightly items. These are the busy, creative folks who have more interesting things to do than vacuum a room or keep the kitchen counters clean.
I lean toward the second kind of person.
I belong to the sort-of-neat, good-enough-for-now, do-it-later brand of housekeepers. I didn’t plan to be this way, and Lord knows I try to mend my messy ways, but somehow I can’t seem to help myself.
I can make a mess in 5 seconds or less. I’m not bragging, and I’m not particularly proud of this fact. I’m simply saying that I can do it. I prove it daily. Of course, I have lot’s of mess-making help from the family. (Because messiness is passed along in the genes…).
The job that never ends.
Before the desk is clear, a new stack of bills, coupons, and notices pile up.
What can I say, it is some strange, unwanted gift. There must be some renegade law of the universe conspiring against some of us. That’s the best explanation I can come up with.
The problem with being domestically challenged is that there comes a day when something’s got to give. You open the closet and the box on the top shelf falls on your head. Ouch. You can’t put anything away, even if you wanted to, for there’s no place to put it. So you pile it on the dining room table instead, making another mess.
This is the kind of clean up that requires a clean out.
One of my projects this summer is to clean out all the closets in my house. With the exception of the storage closet. I’m not touching that one–there might be something alive in there. It could be radioactive like the refrigerator.
Let me tell you, I’d rather do just about anything else on a beautiful summer’s day–like go to the dentist, pull weeds, or pooper-scoop the yard. Truly, closet organizing is not on my bucket list. Just being honest here.
Currently I’ve gotten through the worst of the closets. Yay me!
I discovered that somehow I had sheets and towels that belonged to my mother, my mother-in-law, and…my grandmother. Frankly, I can think of much better heirlooms to pass down.
Please don’t ask me why I have filled four trash bags full of old linens that no one actually used. I have no sane, reasonable answer for this. I have gotten rid of these items before, but strangely, more appear.
This begs the question, just how many sets of linens did my ancestors have?
With all this closet-cleaning-mania happening at my house, I want to share my best tips on how not to clean out a closet.
1. Open door, cringe, shut door, and walk away.
2.Stand and stare at the mess.
3. Just move things around and feel industrious.
4. Take everything out, organize into piles, and leave it there.
4. Take a coffee break. A really long one.
5. Refuse to get rid of anything…especially the half used travel sized bottles of shampoo or your mother’s monogramed towels from 1950.
6. Buy 10 of everything. And then a couple more for just in case.
7. Let your husband anywhere near your trash bag. “There’s still a shampoo left in this bottle…”
8. Go to the pool instead.
9. Take another coffee break.
10. Google closet-cleaning tips, then while you’re on the computer check Facebook, respond to email, read a few blogs, and pin pictures of organized closets. Three hours later, return to your closet to finish the job.
11. Let your husband help you. “Honey, why do you want to get rid of this towel. It’s still perfectly good…”
Well there you have it. With these no-fail tips for cleaning your closets, you will have your household organized in no time.
What’s your best tip for cleaning out the closet?