A couple weeks ago I decided to create a "family closet". The idea came to me as the girls and I were folding and putting away laundry. I am hoping that as they continue to help me with this, it will quickly become their responsibility. We fold all our laundry on my bed - just steps away from a beautiful, spacious master bedroom closet. In their room, they had baskets on shelves for their underwear, socks, pajamas and pants. Because I wanted space for their toys and dress up clothes, I had their shirts and dresses on the higher hanging bar - which they couldn't reach.
By moving all their clothes to our closet, they can now reach them, which allows them to get dressed more easily and put their laundry away. It also eliminated the need for a laundry basket in their room.
The other big benefit was that it helped me purge my clothes.
FAMILY CLOSET BEFORE
FAMILY CLOSET AFTER
What you can't see from this photo are the shelves we share. The other pictures I took from other angles showed too much of my husband's share of the closet. Since this is about me and not him, I wanted to show you the progress I made. I hope you notice there is only one shoe box left and 2, instead of 3, baskets on the top shelf. Also, the pink storage bin under the girls' clothes is gone!
I don't usually focus on counting how many things I own, but I was shocked to find out I owned 132 pieces of clothing before this purge. I have decluttered my wardrobe so many times in the past two years - I never would have imagined I still owned so many things. My goal was to have a maximum of 100 items after the purge. I am happy to report that after getting rid of 36 things, I am down to 96 (which is still an insane amount of clothing!) I'm sure that I will dwindle it down even more.