Hiding My Dirty Secret Behind Closed Doors

Remember my previous bedroom that we transformed into a British-theme room for my youngest son?  Didn’t that freshly painted closet door look wonderful?  Well, after the remodel was finished, that closet door was hiding my dirty secret that I never thought I’d share with the world…

I left a small mountain of clutter and crap in it…and NEVER came back to get it out.  Once his junk got added to my junk, the thought of coming back and dealing with the disaster, wasn’t the least bit fun…and I like fun projects, so I let the mess stay behind his closed door.  This is embarrassing, but this is what it looked like before.  What made matters worse, is you can see there’s another door at the back of the closet that opens into our living room, so we could cram junk into the closet from both sides – and did!  Geez – I can’t believe I’m showing you this.  Now you know what a true slob I am.
dirty secret  This disaster probably would have stayed like this until we move out, but participating in the Heap of Change Challenge was the motivation I needed to finally go back and purge and organize it all.  My son separated his junk from my junk, and drug it in my living room, so there was no going back – I had to deal with all of this… (at least the cat thought it made a nice bed!)
I sorted through it all, and took several bags full of clothing and other junk out to my Jeep to drop off at the donation center.  My son sorted through all of his stuff as well, and got rid of a big trash bag full of clothing, and threw away a lot of clutter and trash.
Look how nice it looks now!  Junk-free, and organized.  Let’s just hope he keeps it that way!
Let me tell you, I had to keep talking myself through it, because I had painting projects that were calling my name, taunting me do something more fun than declutter, but I persevered!  I feel like I deserve some kind of special trophy (preferably an antique one), but since I didn’t get one, I made one for myself!
Cleaning and organizing trashed closets isn’t fun, but it is rewarding.  We got rid of a lot of things we don’t need, and that always feels liberating.  Now, I just need to finish liberating the rest of my house!
See more of my Heap of Change Challenge posts HERE.
 My fellow “Clutter Control Coaches” have been busy tackling their cluttered spaces as well, so be sure to visit them, and see if they survived!
How to clean up clutter and organize
Now it’s your turn to share progress you’ve made on your cluttered spaces!

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  1. HAHA I love that trophy! Well done and hugely deserved! Your closet looks AMAZING!

  2. Ellie LaJuett says

    I just did the same to one of my closets, and it was worse than this!

  3. I need to clean out my own closet. It’s just easier to close the door and walk away. I’d rather be doing fun stuff like junkin’ or crafting! Glad to see you’re human 🙂

  4. Don’t feel bad Angie, my dirty LITTLE space is the attic over our 3 car garage. Told my husband if I die before it gets under control, “don’t let anyone up there”.

  5. If only I could muster up the strength to do this to my garage!
    Closet looks good! Trophy well deserved!

  6. I’ll bet it felt so good to get this closet all cleaned out. Great job!

  7. I think a lot of us have a secret closet like that! Great job!

  8. Marlene Stephenson says

    I am working on some spaces in my house,i don’t know how ,yes i do,when it is pretty outside the inside gets sorta cleaned then you go inside for winter and holiday sneak up on me and when its all over i finally notice i have a mess,so i declutter and start all over again. Thanks for the ideas,i need better organizing.

  9. Thank you for this post. It helps all of us that have secret stashes that we are trying to deal with. Descending from depression survivors, I have been taught to save everything and it is a really had habit to break.

  10. I have one of those closets too!! Yours looks great now and I love that trophy! I’m just going to have to be happy with a pat on the back (from myself) when I get mine done LOL

  11. Lady, Are you for Hire???!! ;-))
    UGH, I must start somewhere, and purge. I plan to recycle Everything that I do not decide to keep and or sell.
    I am a huge Recycler, as so many people can use what you no longer can, and it saves our Wonderful Planet that we all share.
    Take Care, Angie.

  12. It’s dangerous when you can use a closet from two sides! It’s great that you and your son (and the cat) worked through it…even when other more fun and exciting projects were calling your name. It looks like you are glad that you stuck with it!

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