This blog started as a chronicle of my personal journey through the stuff that was making my perfectly-sized home feel tiny. We have about 900 square feet of living space – which means the two car garage, man cave, and woman den are not included in that. Neither are our yards or porches, for that matter. If I am a typical American, then it makes sense why the average new home has 2500 square feet. It is easy to fall into the “oh, it’s on clearance so I’m going to buy it for absolutely no other reason” trap around here and fill your home right up!
Sadly, one of the problems in our home is the closet space. I actually listed that on the “cons” side of the paper when thinking about buying this house (never mind the clay main drain piping). Our apartment had a walk-in closet that could seat six for dinner. The solution D came up with for our closet space dilemma was to put his dresser in the hobby room and use that closet for all of his things (shoes, belts, ties, shirts, leather dyes, you know, normal stuff that someone who wears scrubs to work needs), and I would put my dresser in the master bedroom and use that closet.
We sure have come a long way. Upon moving into our perfectly-sized home, we each stuffed our respective closets full. I filled my dresser too. And a plastic bin for the off-season wardrobe. At the time, I thought that was incredibly reasonable and was kind of proud of myself for using my space well. Ha!
A couple months ago we gave away D’s dresser and bought a little armoire-type thing for him to keep in the master bedroom. He had to reduce his dresser contents down to about a third of what it was in order to do that. His closet now stands about half-full. Mine is even better – as of this morning there are 34 items hanging in it (I still have a bin of summer things to sort). We could totally share the master bedroom closet now without any trouble.
I still have some work to do on my actual wardrobe. Everything in it is worn now, so that is one goal met. However, I do not absolutely love everything in it. As things wear out I am thoughtfully making purchases to replace them, but it is a very slow process.
As a closing thought, while preparing for this blog post I discovered something that actually helps reduce the closet clutter: take pictures! For some reason, looking at pictures of my clothing made me better able to take a step back and realize some things really needed to go.