And with the recent shift in my content creation, I found myself itching to tackle the guest room closet – otherwise called “the attic.”
Little did you know that lurking behind the pretty gallery wall, there is a deep, dark cave we use for extra storage.
Because we don’t have a garage or storage unit, this closet holds many, many things.
I always allowed it to be crowded because I didn’t have an external storage unit.
Yet I used to get stressed just looking at it – let alone when actually trying to get something. I hated going in there to get special occasion dresses, With Intention workbooks, luggage, bedding, and my writing pillow.
So a few weeks ago, I decided that instead of living with this homemade “storage unit,” I could exfoliate to the point where the closet could simply be a closet. Filled with useful things, but without the added frustration inducing clutter.
I thought about doing a Throw Out 100 Things challenge (exfoliate/donate/sell/throw out a total of 100 items I don’t need/use/love), but I decided instead to simply go through the closet and just exfoliate what was necessary.
Here’s what got exfoliated (excluding the brass trunk).
Though I don’t have an exact total, I’m guessing this exfoliation batch included about 70-100 items. But more importantly, it included all the things we really didn’t need, use, or love as much as I previously thought we did.
Once I had this mega pile, I separated out the donations, recycling, and trash. I was also able to give a batch of these items to our friends, Meg and Joe (which is always the most fulfilling part of an exfoliation).
And most importantly, what is remaining in our closet is actually manageable!
It took a bit of organizing and included the upper shelves, too.
Now, I don’t feel that anxious feeling when I open the door. I actually look forward to going in there just to admire the progress.
If anyone else has a similar “attic” in their home or apartment that is causing similar stress, I hope this little before and after can help get you pumped to exfoliate and enjoy your storage space, too!