T-Shirt Organizing Inspiration

Thank you to Kelly at Cobwebs, Cupcakes and Crayons for inspiring today’s post. She is currently doing a Clutter Buster Boot Camp on her blog where she assigns new tasks every week to keep the de-cluttering manageable. The first clothing assignment was the t shirt drawer. She had a great tip on how to roll your t shirts so that you can actually see them.

I’ve since missed a few assignments (I was always a procrastinator in school), but today I went to my t shirt drawer and completed task #1. I don’t feel so bad about missing the assignment on work out clothes because, let’s be honest here, I’m not known for my athletic prowess. And pretty much anything in my t-shirt drawer would undoubtedly double as workout clothes if an actual workout was ever on the horizon! My shirt drawer is pretty much for anything I wear around the house. Everything that goes out in public hangs in the closet.

Anyways….Here is the before picture of my t-shirt drawer:

I must say that the before picture looks pretty neat and organized. Here’s the problem. How many shirts can you see? 4, right? Well how many shirts do you think I wore out of this drawer? Drumroll….4. Yes, I only wore the 4 shirts I could see.

So I followed Kelly’s tips for purging, folding and rolling. My favorite tip is to roll the shirts from the bottom up. This is helpful because a lot of t-shirts have emblems or wording at the top and folding from the bottom up still allows you to see exactly what the shirt is.

The purge actually involved only a few items, but included a ridiculous item from an old Halloween costume and a Snuggie. I won’t bore you with pictures of me in a Snuggie, but here is one of my dogs in Snuggies:

Yes, I have dog Snuggies. And Yes, they were free. And No, I did not get rid of them. I’m feeling more embarassed for myself even as I share this with you, but a little humility never hurt anyone, right?

So, I rolled all my shirts and put them back in the drawer. They still didn’t fit all on one level, but most of them did. Here is the after photo:

Now when you compare the photos, the ‘Before’ picture actually looks a lot cleaner. But organizing is not always about looks, it is also about processes. Now I can see 14 shirts, compared to the previous 4! That’s 10 more shirts that actually have the potential to escape the drawer for a day!

I also got rid of a few items, moved a few other things to more practical locations and realized that I have a very strange collection of shirts. You can’t see it very well, but the one on the bottom right pictures a moose with one antler and it says “Is that your final antler?” It’s one of my favorites. 🙂

So, thank you to Kelly over at Cobwebs, Cupcakes and Crayons for the inspiration yet again!

~Erin

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Get rid of stuff by asking questions

I have found a new way to get rid of stuff! Usually, I try to sell items or donate them or even throw them away if the other two options won’t work. However, I found a new way to get rid of things! It sounds ridiculous, but it’s all about starting conversations and asking questions. Let me give you a couple examples:

Last weekend I was hanging out with a friend who has a newborn. She had him in one of those baby carriers and mentioned how he always slipped down. I have a cute little Seven Sling I got when my second was born.

It’s in the donate pile right now, but I asked her if she wanted to try it since it is a different kind. She said yes. Instant de-cluttering of an object in my house and I got to help out a friend!

Yesterday another friend mentioned she wanted a new hobby. My question….what kind of hobby?

Her answer?…..”I have always wanted to learn to play banjo.”

My response?…..”I have a banjo!!!! And I never use it! You can borrow it!”

So today I said a temporary farewell to our beloved banjo:

Now I’m not gonna lie…a little piece of me misses it already, even though it sat unused in our guest room for 2 years. However, I know that one of two things will happen:

-My friend will love the banjo and I won’t miss it enough. Then I can sell it to her.

-I will decide I really want to play the banjo and when she gives it back, I will finally pursue my long standing dream of being a blue grass musician (not even kidding).

Either way, I have temporarily cleared out a space in my home. This will cause me to finally be rid of the darn thing or finally learn to play it. I’m happy with either outcome.

So just by asking a few questions, I was able to get rid of a couple items and help some friends.

This brings me to another subject…bartering. This is a great way to exchange goods and services. Case in point: I am working on building a portfolio for Neaten Your Nest so I’m doing a couple ‘pro bono’ organizations. However, one friend of mine is a great photographer and I am severely lacking in this area. So I’m going to trade some organizing for some photography tips.

So if you have things to get rid of or a service to promote, start talking! Ask questions, offer help, look at social media posts, get outside the box! These kinds of things have the potential to help you clean out your stuff, increase your business, build relationships and more. Get talking!

~Erin