Have you noticed all of the bestselling books on organization? Highly popular books with titles about tidying up and simplifying are convincing people that they can change their lives by decluttering and organizing (or by just not having so much stuff…but that’s a rant from my grad school days. Another time.)
In the same vein, I’m reading a great book called The Happiness Project, in which the author (Gretchen Rubin) researches and implements theories of happiness. Rubin resolves to test different theories, as well as common sense wisdom, each month to see if they increase her happiness. In month one, she focuses on, you guessed it–organization.
So, I thought, why not? I’m trying to be happier, too, right? Aren’t we all? Like Rubin, I’m starting with closets. We don’t have a ton of closet space, so I need to make the most of what we have. Check out the coat closet “before” shot-Ew.
And the AFTER! Tada!
This project was easy. I had leftover wood that was already cut and painted from that was already cut and painted from
the the hallway project that I nailed across the back of the closet wall. I added some $3 hooks from Target, repurposed the old blue bins (one holds mittens, the other
play dough), and moved a storage ottoman/bench in. The hanging rack on the back of the door is from from Homegoods ($12), and I made the cork board from an old frame.
The kids love it. They can hang their coats up (and get them down) by themselves, and there is perfect storage for my library bag, my umbrella, and the mittens. The kids actually use the closet as their little hideout, too. Yesterday afternoon they sat on the bench and closed the door. No idea where they got that from…
And the big question–did organizing the coat closet make me happier? Well, it is great not having to spend 15 minutes looking for Ava’s shoes. And I like the fact that the boys can grab their own coats without
yelling at me needing my help. I think what organizing the closet really did was make me want to purge and organize more.
I’ve already tackled, and made a lot of progress on the boys’ shared closet and Ava’s closet. I plan to post pictures of those closets soon. Plus, I still have the teeny-tiny master closet (see left pic) and the linen closet to finish up. Both had shelves/closet systems when we bought the house, but there is definitely room for improvement.
Realistically, the closets won’t look this neat every day. Letting go of that is going to be my 80/20 project.
Do you have an organization project to tackle? Have you tackled a project already? Did it make you happier? I’ll be posting about different my take on Rubin’s happiness resolutions from time to time. And maybe even adding my own 🙂