This week please welcome my guest, Alexis Anne from Clean, Smart, Simple Style where she blogs about simple stylish inspiration for home organizing and design.
The great thing about a closet is that you can shut the door- so theoretically it’s the last place most people think to clean. But, I’ve learned that an organized closet leads to a more organized home. I NEED to have clean closets and here’s why.
1) A Centipede lives in my house
There is no other explanation for how 4 people can produce the pile of shoes that we produce near the front door if I do not have a readily available space in our front hall closet for shoe storage. It only takes a few minutes to clear out a space for a cheap shoe organizer, and then the whole family can put their shoes AWAY.
2) I prefer laundry to be my part time job rather than my full time job
Crammed closets mean crinkly clothes, and a closet without spare hangers and a designated spot for “lightly worn” clothing means at the end of the day everything tends to end up in the laundry, even if it isn’t dirty. I do enough laundry as it is- so I do everything in my power to ensure that the bedroom closets are organized enough to allow clean clothes to stay clean, and the laundry baskets to stay empty (at least for a minute)!
3) A clean floor = a clean room
As far as I’m concerned, if I can see the floor and it’s not covered in crumbs, the room is clean. But with a young kids, the only way I can get all of the toys off of the floor, and the crumbs swept up is to have room to actually put things away. I’m a big fan of baskets, but I like baskets even more when I can fill them up and put them in the closet. Out of sight, out of mind!
4) I HATE going to the store in the rain
It never fails, if I’m in a time crunch or it’s pouring rain, I run out of something that I need to make dinner that night. Dragging 2 kids out into the rain just to get spaghetti sauce? Forget it!
We’ll have something else instead. But what if it’s the last ingredient for tonight’s birthday cupcakes? If the pantry is a mess, you have no idea what is or isn’t hiding on the top shelf, and you probably won’t realize you don’t have something until the clouds roll in and the sky opens up.
5) I do not live in a museum
I love a good organizing project, and I love to clean out closets, but I have a life too. Sometimes I’m just too tired at the end of the day to be in charge of clutter control. So I am forever thankful for a closet with an empty shelf to stash stuff and then shut the door in a hurry if company is dropping by unexpectedly.
Clean closets won’t solve all of the world’s problems, but they’re a great place to start if you’re looking for a quick organizational fix in your home.
Alexis Anne is a busy wife and mother of two energetic little girls. When she’s not cleaning closets, she’s blogging about organization and design inspiration for the home at her blog Clean, Smart, Simple Style.