Friday, July 3, 2015

In the Closet

Like everyone and their Aunt Brenda, I just read the best seller The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I've been reevaluating my possessions. Last month I also read Jennifer L. Scott's Madame Chic books. These books are her take on of how to finally get your life together. I didn't quite realize just how blown apart everything had gotten until I looked around our place through the lens of these books. Inspired,  I have recently taken three station wagons full of stuff that doesn't "spark joy" to be donated and thrown out at least that amount. So far.

As you may know, The Family Rosenberg live in an 864 sq ft house, although it doesn't feel small to me, until we start talking closets. Mr. Rosenberg and I share one tiny closet. Very small. Like four and a half feet of hanging space to split, small. That's two feet three inches each, and those three inches are important. We jockey for that space in the middle of the closet every day. I'm continuing to thin the clothing herd in hopes that we can lighten the closet pole before it breaks in half from the weight of our wardrobes.

Next up, Bob's room - big job. And then next, next up, THE GARAGE - an even bigger job. I am spilling this all here to use you, my friends, for accountability. I've done this garage clean out before but now we're talking about a ruthless-mega-clean out. The kind that would make Marie Kondo and Jennifer L. Williams proud.

Watch this space.


  1. I'm inspired! I love tidy spaces too. I think it was author Gretchen Rubin who encouraged everyone to have one empty shelf in their house...for room to breathe and for possibility. That's the ultimate goal, isn't it?

    Good luck and please keep us posted!

  2. You are a brave and admirable woman.


  3. Please keep posting and inspiring. I'm the opposite of a packrat (my mother was a hoarder and I refuse to fall prey to its allure, plus I move continents far too often to own too much more than fits in the back of my pickup), but i take up way more than two feet, three inches of hanging space and most of it I don't like much. I hang onto things because I may change jobs and have to wear those suits, I may get desperate enough to wear polyester blouses when everything else is dirty, etc. (and of course the: if I just lost those 30 pounds this would fit me again!). Plus, seasons! I need my long sleeves for the winter and my short sleeves for summer, especially since I bicycle to work each day.

    I'm thinking it through ... appreciate the nudges.

    1. Marie Kondo's book is really inspiring. Having fewer choices in the closet has made it much easier to get dressed in the morning! xo

  4. Someone in the comments said her mom was hoarder. So was mine. Now I own so few things I don't really have a lot to get rid of. But I could be even more tidy. I do have that one junk room . . ..

  5. Thanks for this! Going to go and get this book today! I know this needs to be done....hard thing is that my mother-in-law lives with us and she is a pack rat and really set in her ways! Hopefully if she sees me doing this she will catch the bug!!