Okay. This assignment caught me totally off guard! I looked at the first part about setting aside a five-hour chunk of uninterrupted time, and thought "what?!" I don't have a babysitter and I'm not going to spend my evening time cleaning closets! I thought about it for a minute and realized my closets weren't that bad. Yes, they can use some work, but I don't think I need 5 hours to clean and organize one. So, my apologies to Regina, but I'm just going to have to do it my way! I have four very small closets. My goal is to have all four done by weekend.
Actually, doing this was interesting. It's amazing what you can do with your closets and what you can find even when they're not that bad.
I *had* a hanger full of belts that were all in great condition. Some were easy to part with, but others, well, they just were too nice! I'm a size 12/14 right now (haven't lost all of my "baby" fat yet). My belts were all size 7, 9, 10. I *will* be able to wear a size 10 again. I laid the belts on my bed. They stayed there for about half an hour. Just can't get rid of 'em. I'll box them up so I have 'em when I get back to that size. After that 1/2 hour, I finally said, "Oh come on!" Even when I *was* a size 10 I didn't wear them. I have to admit that this took a lot of energy, but it felt great to finally put them in the donations box!
I've completed two of my four closets! Before the week is over, I *know* I will have the other two completed.
I love this slower method of organization because I can feel the changes and I see the differences. Though they are small, these changes are going to last. It's not like my trials before when I just did a rush job, put junk in boxes and moved the boxes! Unfortunately, I still have those boxes to go through! I just hope this community is still available when I get to the really tough stuff.
Thanks to *everyone* for all the ideas, support, encouragement! I know this is part of why the changes are happening!!