Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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Today’s post is long overdue! I have wanted to share my closet for awhile, but it hasn’t been completely organized. I guess it took me moving to get my closet under control. My previous closet was organized, but I was having a hard time using every ounce of space that I had available. I think I changed it up three times within a year. How? I moved racks around, added shelving, and reorganized clothing several different times.

But, with my new closet, everything seems to work. The extra closet that I have in my bathroom may be the reason because now I can keep my purses and accessories in a different space.

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And, now, I am going to give you an up-close look at each section.


My shoes are stored in three different ways:

  1. Everyday – These are shoes that I wear to work, to run errands, or around the house at least once a week. I want to make sure I can get to them easily and quickly. So, I have them neatly lined up and paired together on the floor of my closet.
  2. Dressy – All of my dressy shoes are placed in Iris plastic shoe boxes and they line the top rack of my closet.
  3. Casual – These are the shoes that I wear, but not everyday. At the moment, I am using a MacBeth collection shoe rack as storage.

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Casual Shoe Storage


I have four different categories of tops:

  1. Sweaters – All of my sweaters are folded by color and placed on one of two 3-tier wire racks from Lowe’s. I love these racks and own about 7 at the moment.
  2. Sweatshirts – Sweatshirts tend to be bulky and take up a lot of hanging space, so most of mine are folded on a rack that was already in my closet when I moved in.
  3. Tank tops – These garments are so small that they do not take up a lot space, so they are folded and placed in a single white basket.
  4. Casual & Dressy – They all get hung up by color on a Joy Mangano Huggable Hanger in black.

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Bottoms & Dresses

My pants, shorts, leggings, and dresses are stored two different ways, either folded or hung. My jeans, leggings, athletic pants and shorts all get folded and laid on a built-in shelving unit. My dresses and dress pants all get hung on a hanger. I fold all of my dresses in half over the pant hangers. Why? My closet doesn’t have a bar that is high enough to let my dresses hang without touching the floor. So, I decided it would be easiest to fold them over a hanger. I actually started doing this over a year ago at my old house. It doesn’t hurt the dresses at all and works well for me.

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Coats & Necklaces

I know a lot of people like to put coats in what is called a “coat closet,” but I have enough room for mine to fit nicely in the bottom corner of my closet.

The previous owners of our home installed these nice little hooks on the back portion of our closet. They work great for my necklaces and feather boa. Why do I have a feather boa? Well, my best friend gave it to me at my bachelorette party and I kept it.

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My closet isn’t anything spectacular, but I am pretty proud of the fact that I have used every ounce of space in it. It has taken several years to develop a system that works for me. And, keep in mind that what works well for one person may not be the best solution for another. It is all about personal preference! I hope seeing my closet has helped with yours a little.

Feel free to visit my other closet organization posts.

Quick Organizing Tips for Little to Zero Cash

How this Challenge Came to Be



Bottoms & Dresses

Coat Closet

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My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 27/14

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Oct 27/14

Hello!  Well it’s winter here in northern Alberta, Canada y’all.  It snowed yesterday and we are getting temps in the negatives now so I think it’s safe to say it’s here to stay for awhile.  And by awhile I mean at least 6 months.  Ugg.  I really am not a snow person but call me crazy I really don’t mind the cold temps.  And let me tell you it gets pretty cold here.  There were many a days that I shared pictures similar to this one below on Instagram last year.


Yep -40 degrees Celcius is where Fahrenheit and Celcius meet and are the same just to give you an idea of how cold that really is!  But I love sweaters and puffy coats with fur lined hoods, I love fireplaces and snuggling and comfort foods that warm you up and keep the chill out.  Trust me I’d still rather be on the beaches of Florida any day of the week (you have no idea how envious I am of all you folks!) but I’m making the most of it.  This week I’ve put some soup on the menu and will cozy in.  What do you love most about winter?

Recipe Highlight:

Speaking of comfort food, did you all catch this recipe below, for Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread, that Melanie shared here last week on the blog?  It looks so delicious!

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Menu Planning Resource:


A Beginner’s Guide to Once a Week Food Prep

 Have a wonderful week everyone!!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Cheesy Grilled Pizza Sandwiches

Tuesday:  Greek Pasta Casserole

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Slow Cooker Roast Beef and Vegetables

Saturday:  Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

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The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Let’s not beat around the bush, shall we?  I’m just going to come right out and say it. Friends, this is the most amazing banana bread.  Ever.  EVER.  A bit ooey, a bit gooey, and absolutely bedazzled with chocolate chips and walnuts. […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14

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Hey friends, happy Menu Plan Monday day!!!  Welcome to a brand new week where we plan our menus to help our week be a lot less stressed!  Think of it as simply selecting 5 recipes to cook sometime throughout the week, you don’t even have to assign them to specific days if you don’t want […]

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Getting Organized Magazine Discount Code!

Getting Organized Magazine Fall Cover

Hey there!  I’ve gotten a number of emails in the past month or so asking me if there is an organizing magazine out there that I would recommend.  I’ve had a subscription to Getting Organized Magazine since they first published nearly 3 years ago and absolutely love it.  When I went back through my blog […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 13/14


Hello and a Happy Thanksgiving day today to my Canadian friends.  We celebrated yesterday and today we have the day off to relax and just enjoy the day.  And if I have my way we will NOT be playing another 4 hour game of Monopoly like we did yesterday.  Brutal!  My attention span is short […]

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Homeschool Organization at the Kitchen Table

Homeschooling at the kitchen table can be organized

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. It’s about time for another edition of homeschool organization. Laura and I decided to add this topic about once a month based on the feedback received last time but also taking into consideration those who don’t need this type of information. […]

Filed under: Containerizing, Guest Bloggers, Kid Stuff, Paper Organization, Rachel, School Stuff