Thursday, January 20, 2011

How to Clean a Closet - all 40 Steps. A Work in Progress

Step one. Whine, moan and wring hands.
Step two. Do everything BUT go into closet, including cleaning the toilets.
Step three. Make deals with yourself (Every time I go into the closet, I will cull one object.)
Step four. Go public (here) with your intentions because you know at least 4 people will hold you accountable.
Step five. Take the advice of one of these people and take pictures of the mess condition in said closet, with the intention of providing a "before" and "after" - for those of you with strong constitutions.  It will be posted with proper warnings.

Great! Five steps down and only 35 to go!!! Seriously, I have gone as far as sticking to my "deal" and have removed 6 objects. I have even set up Goodwill bags and moved the 15 bags of fleece out of the way to set up a staging area.

(Aside here, to my pal Mel: from your grassy a**ed friend - if 'fiber' days include you coming to help me skirt my fleeces, I will personally snowshoe up there and carry you back...)

Since I seem so easily overwhelmed, I have decided that I am going to tackle one small section at a time. That way, it will only take me until April to have it all neat and tidy!


Mama Pea said...

WHOA! Sounds to me like you've already started without taking that "before" picture. No fair! We need to see it at it's absolute worst so we can appreciate the magnitude of the job your avoiding . . . oops, I mean undertaking.

And if you think publishing a photo of how very bad you think it looks would be too embarrassing, I'll bet each and every one of us could find a photo of an area in/around our own homes that would make your closet look GOOD!

Susan said...

Mama Pea - I honestly took the picture(s) first! I just followed step 5 with a repeat of steps 1 and 2 - Clear as mud?

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Oh I have lots of spaces that would make your toes cringe! Good for you and the first 5 steps!

Only a real farm-gal would refer to getting rid of stuff as "cull".


Erin said...

Yes, we need a photo! And I especially want to see the 15 bags of fleece LOL!

Susan said...

Erin, I don't know if I could stand that much humiliation...heehee.

melanie said...

Pick a day...just not this's NOFA. But really, I'd love to help!!!

melanie said...

...with the fleeces, that is.

Sylvie said...

Sounds like you need help from "the closet buster"!