Day 16 – Organize the Spare Closet

Today’s project – organize the closet in the spare room and get rid of stuff

The spare room closet can get a bit scary. No matter how hard we try it ends up being used more as a hiding place than a useful storage area. I’m convinced it’s because we have too much stuff. After a bit of downsizing, I’m hoping the closet will be more organized and useful…and stay that way.

To complete this project as fast as possible, I developed a checklist to keep me on track.

1.  Admit I have a problem

2. Document the problem

3. Empty the closet

4. Go through all items and decide what to keep, give away, recycle and throw in the garbage

5. Organize the ‘keep’ items and label where possible

6. Put everything back in the closet

7. Take items out to the garbage and recycling bins

Tip: If you have multiple suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks etc – see if you can fit them inside of each other.  I was able to combine 2 suitcases, 2 backpacks, 1 duffel bag and a carry-on bag.


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