Week 9 - Closets
The closet is such an amazing place in the castle! It is filled with beautiful clothes and accessories! Things that make you feel beautiful or things that make you feel like someone else. But God wants you to feel like His heir!
Closet week is the week that we spend time working on cleaning up and eliminating what we don't need! Pick any closet! Usually I do the master closet and oversee my teens doing theirs which gets more than one closet done. But if you have small kids then just do one closet at a time. It is not worth the stress of doing it all at once.
Week 9 - Closet Cleaning List
Ezekiel 16:10-14 says "I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments', put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you," says the Lord God. (NKJV)
He bestowed His own Splendor upon us to make us beautiful!!
It doesn't matter where you live, where you get your clothes or if you don't have expensive jewelry. Once you accept Jesus into your heart your are adopted into His family and thus an heir in His Kingdom! You are BEAUTIFUL!! And you should dress as though you are!!
Our DAILY cleaning in the closet should just be picking up after ourselves.
Our WEEKLY cleaning should consist of washing and putting away of laundry.
But DEEP CLEANING is when we take an area and go deeper! So, if you are picking up after yourself and staying up on laundry then deep cleaning would consist of getting rid of things you no longer need! And it would also be vacuuming, dusting shelves, getting rid of broken hangers, taking things back to their homes that do not belong in the closet, etc.
So, here is a list for you! Pick only four big jobs or as many small jobs as will fill 15 minutes each day. You might be surprised how many you can get done!
~ Sort through hanging clothes. (Take out things that no longer fit and give or throw away.)
~ Sort through shelves top-down. (Remove items to their homes, fold, sort, get rid of items as necessary.)
~ Sort through shoes. (Get rid of shoes with holes, broken straps or heels, don't fit or like)
~ Clean your shoes
~ Throw away ripped, stained or broken items.
~ Donate outgrown clothes and take to car.
~ Set aside a space in your closet for gifts! (Sort through before birthdays or holidays. Keep a list.)
~ Dust the shelves.
~ Sweep or vacuum the floor.
~ Box up out of season clothes. (Keep on out-of-reach shelves, under bed, or in storage.)
~Throw away anything that cannot be fixed or you will not fix. (Don't keep for it for just in case.)
Part of deep cleaning also is looking carefully as you clean for anything that may need to be fixed! Put any of these on a list for the weekend to get done.
~ Fix button on jeans, slacks or shirts
~ Sew pocket linings
~ Put in a new lightbulb (bright or daylight is good for winter months)
~ Put away luggage in garage (Cover luggage to keep from getting dirty.)
~ Take shoes to get the heel fixed, or add shoe goo to sneakers, etc.
Master Closets hold quite an array of things. Hanging clothes. Folded clothes. Shoes. Birthday gifts. Christmas gifts. Maybe a safe for valuables or guns. File cabinet. Boxes of papers. Boxes of clothes that don't fit! Jewelry. Hats. Most of the time they hold the belongings of two people! This can be difficult on its own just in determining who gets what spaces and how much!
So, Who gets what?
How do you figure out who gets what space in a shared closet? Obviously it would seem that the person who has the most clothes gets the most space, right? Not always.
What do you each need?
Sometimes it is easiest to just split the closet in half. (Or two-thirds to one-third. Hahaha!) But think hard about what each of you needs in a closet.
Take an inventory like this.
Hangers - tops...35, dresses...3, skirts...6, coat...2, formal wear...2, (Total 48 hangers)
Folded items - sweaters...9 (hangers stretch out the fibers), jeans...7, shorts...5, t-shirts...7 (5 shelf spaces)
Shoes...10 pairs (over-the-door hanger)
Other items - hat box, scarves, belt, gifts (hooks)
Hangers - button up shirts...11, dress pants...6, polos...4, formal wear...2, coats...3, jackets...2 (Total hangers 28)
Folded items - jeans...4 (1 shelf space)
Shoes...5 pairs (space on floor)
Other items - hats, belts, ties (hooks)
In my experience, women generally have more clothes (although not always!). Take these spaces and now divide up what each of you needs and put your items away. You may need hangers for belts, ties, scarves, etc. Every closet is very different! So work together and create a closet that works for both of you. I absolutely fell in love with these hooks that I found at home depot!! Just lining them up along the top of the wall added the sparkle that I love when the lights hit them. Then the silver hooks to add shine but not to be overly feminine for my husband to feel comfortable in the space.
What a mess! From too much stuff to definite organization issues...this time I tackle it all!
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