I LOVE a big project. The kind that makes a huge 'After' impact and leaves the 'Before' shivering in it's wake. An overhaul like this is not for the fainthearted, it takes a lot of time, patience, a fresh eye, ruthlessness and a little bit of cashola in some cases.
It's coming into the colder months here in Queensland, and as always, the wardrobe transition is bumpy. Hot days, cold nights, rain, wind and occasional blistering sun mean that at some point, every article of clothing I own needs to be accessible, from jumpers to shorts, dresses to coats. The absolute jumble this transition creates was the 'slap in the face' for my decluttering urge last week, and boy did I need it!
|Visually uninspiring for morning outfit choices, wouldn't you say?|
|Trying to be neat, I stacked all of my shorts on the top shelf this summer, but really I would have loved to hang them, to save on ironing. I love to iron, really I do. But the catch is, I I like to treat it like a leisure activity. That means, I do it when I feel like it (not necessarily when I need that pair of linen pants). I might do one skirt, or decide to iron all of hubs uniforms, but the fact of the matter is, I iron on my own terms! Under the shorts is my make up station. The lighting is best in our bedroom for 'beautifying', and I'm excited to do a little Make Up Station Makeover in the near future :o)|
|Under the makeup station and a box of pj tops is this jumble of everything from scarves, to pj's, to handbags, to jeans. There boxes trying in vain to contain, the whole thing was a hot mess!|
So that's the 'Before Tour'. Uninspiring, jumbled and totally un-organised. A triple whammy of awfulness that I had lived with for the last year. Okay, approx 14 years give or take, if you include every wardrobe I've ever infiltrated. After devouring dozens of blog posts on wardrobe overhauls recently, I was excited to tear into my own so here we go!
|First everything on the top shelf had to come out. There is actually acres of space up there, but the gap to access them is disproportionate, an unfortunate design flaw :o( Oh well, we'll make do!|
|Everything that was hanging...|
|...gets piled up on the bed. I now wish I had taken more snaps of the room during this whole process, it was impossible to move in there!|
|Shoes are removed....sooo many flats! I feel my most confident when I'm comfortable, so heels are a rare find in my stash :o)|
|Finally my side is completely clear, and gets a good wipe down!|
|We had some spare shelves left over from the build that were the wrong size, but Hubs cut them to size and they fit like a dream.|
|He did wonder if I might leave him some spares for his side....sorry honey, this girl was in desperate need!|
|One shelf just wouldn't budge, and upon closer inspection, I figured it was Tool Time!|
|A handy little kit that is just for me! My parents bought me this a few years back, and while it may not be a thing of beauty, it gets used on a weekly basis!|
|My favourite tool (next to the tweezers that are just right for extracting Easter egg wrappers from B4's nose) is my interchangeable screwdriver! A couple of quick twists and I had every shelf right where I wanted it!|
|Now to sort the contents of those poor boxes...|
|...Belts under control. Check! Scarves and PJ's followed suit and then it was time for a mad dash to the shops, Kmart to be exact!|
|At $3 for a pack of 12, these are the neatest little hangers. I may or may not have needed another three packets on top of these four. Let's not do the maths.|
|I also nabbed some affordable, adjustable shoe racks that can grow and shrink with my collection...|
|At one point I tried to keep the shelves useful, but they were just taking up too much valuable Maxi dress space. They have since retired to the garage to wait for a new project!|
|Ta Da!! By the next morning, I achieved a pretty sweet outcome!|
|Shoes neatly lined up, and a perfect gap under my newly spaced shelves for my slippers! Some things are meant to be!|
|We grabbed some more of these great tubs from Ikea for storage. They are cheap, sturdy and stackable and we have slowly been 'boxifying' everything in the house with them. We even take them camping because they stack well in Hub's ute and have proven to be water tight! They are a perfect fit for the top of our robe, and keep our out of season clothing neatly stored.|
|Ahh, I get such pleasure seeing things match!|
|But I also have a few of these great stack hangers for my t-shirts and cardigans.|
|Hubs side has seen major changes and looks miles better, with just a few more things yet to improve below his hanging space.|
|Mostly matching hangers!|
|Some smaller versions of my boxes corral Hub's socks, belts, boxers, and more socks.|
|But he still needed these big fabric storage cubes to hold his HUGE work sock collection, and another bellow for work shorts. They were once a part of B4's wardrobe storage, and had been waiting for a new purpose.|
|Those with a keen eye will notice one of Hub's boxes holds Nerf Guns. Such a child!|
|From the left....|
|.....to the right, things are looking pretty shmick!|
|So now I just have this little project waiting for me :o)|
During this overhaul I removed minimal clothing, as I do regular checks and donate the things we aren't wearing. We have tried the Ebay route, but to be honest, there's a lot of effort that goes into photographing, listing and posting the items, and I would rather support local charities and thrift shops, so we really only use Ebay for big ticket items.
I spent around $35 for the hangers and shoe racks, and I know that they will last me a very long time, so I'm happy with the small investment! Other than that, this project was just a matter of time and effort, and I am so happy with the results! It's been about a week now since the overhaul, and things are still neat and organised, and I actually enjoy putting our washing away, now that everything has a home or a hanger!
I am currently saving like mad for a little winter wardrobe spree at my local DFO, and I'll share a little more on how to do that thriftily soon!