The first things people often think of when they think about getting organized are their closets.
Oh, how easy it is to shove clutter into a closet and close the door.
Unfortunately, clutter multiples in the dark.
While it may be the first thing unorganized people think of, it’s also often the last thing they tackle. And so it is with me, friends.
Here’s the last before-and-after of my office transformation:
Since my office is a converted bedroom, there’s a standard bedroom closet in it. This is both handy and dangerous. Prior to updating my home office, the closet stored gifts, gift boxes, gift wrap (all that is behind the closed door), knitting projects, suits, boxes of old files and whatever else had no home in my office.
I found a new storage location for the gift-related paraphernalia and moved all the old files down to the basement so I could make room for my current files. My current files used to be next to my desk, and they were a mutated union of good intentions and poor follow-through. I don’t even have a good Before picture, but you can see a glimpse in this cutaway from in front of my desk.
It’s taken me two weeks to sort through all the files, dump bags of irrelevant material and re-alphabetize all them into the files drawers, which are now wisely situated inside the closet. Look! The drawers now close! And I can close the closet doors, too, clutter reproduction risks be darned.
I painted the closet — including the ceiling — in a slightly brighter yellow than the walls of my office: Butternut.
I also rehung all my suits on matching hangers and organized them by color. Normal people will wonder if maybe I should have my head examined, but if you’re a fanatic for organization, this impresses you.
It won’t stay this way forever — or even for long — but it’s perfectly organized right now, and I’ve got the photographic evidence to prove it.