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Happiness is having clean & organized closets

Posted Dec 30 2010 12:00am

I have to share a little something that I’m proud of: I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before or not (I’m sure I have at some point, on this blog), but I am the WORST about keeping closets neat and organized. I don’t know what it is. The rest of my house is always super clean, neat, and tidy, but I am notorious for having messy, disastrous closets. I’ve been this way since I was young.

I really want to go into the new year in this new house feeling totally and completely organized and in control. I feel more in control of my entire life when my house (including the closets) is organized. Imagine the time I will save each morning (or, better yet, the night before), if my clothes are on their hangers rather than strewn across the closet floor or crumpled in laundry baskets.

I definitely think there’s a strong corelation, for me at least, with having my home in order and being able to keep to my weight loss program more
completely. I remembered a book was written about this a few years ago, and when I looked it up on Amazon, I found Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More , which apparently isn’t the best diet book ever written, but it does make me think my theory is true. It definitely won’t hurt to keep my closets more organized.

In the past, I’ve started out with completely organized closets and dresser drawers, but after the first laundry day, things start to fall apart. I don’t know why I find it so difficult to fold/hang up the clean laundry, but I usually do. It’s the weirdest thing. I have no problem folding and putting away the clean towels and sheets, but the clothes offer a challenge. But not in 2011!

One of my new year’s resolutions is going to be to keep my closets clean and organized at all times. Which means:

This mainly applies to by bedroom closet, but I’m also vowing to maintain the orderliness of the closet in my spare bedroom, as well. Which means that instead of looking like this:

the closets will look like this:

throughout 2011 and beyond.

And yes, I know how lucky I am to have such big closets.  This is just my bedroom closet, I have another one just as large in the 2nd bedroom.  And with those two sentences, I just made everyone reading this REALLY jealous.  :P

I’m happy that the closets are now organized, and since I’ve now made keeping them that way one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll check in monthly (with a current un-retouched photo) to let you know how I’m doing.  I really need to stay accountable on this, and I’ll need your help to do it.

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BTW, FatGirlvsWorld turned me on to TheDailyChallenge from MeYouHealth , and I joined yesterday.  Every day they give you a different challenge to complete, and as you do it you get points.  (I’m not sure what the points add up to, other than these cute little online stamps, but that’s not really the point of doing the challenges).  Yesterday’s challenge was to clean out your inbox, today’s was to set a resolution (the closets were mine!).  So the challenges are little things that can have a bigger impact on your life and well-being.  Easy and good for you, what’s not to like?  You sign in using Facebook and can ask your friends to “connect” with you.  I’m looking forward to completing each day’s challenge, and I hope some of you guys join me.

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