DAY 25 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Closet Makeover

For most of us updating our closet is going through our clothes and cutting back. Once that is done, and many of you just couldn’t help yourself during the great purge of DAY 1, it’s time to organize and beautify.

If you came into my closet, you’d think that no one lives in my house. We have very few clothes. We maybe have 20 hangers and not all of them are used. We have two high-boy dressers in our closet and that is where we keep our clothes. My husband and I both work from home and pretty much live in athletic gear. We each have a few pairs of shoes and that’s it. The rest of our closet stores pillows, blankets and towels. This is what works for us. Purging is not necessary in our case. However, you have to walk through the closet to get to our bathroom, so I’d like to make it a little more beautiful. With very few clothes taking up the space, I have room to get creative. So, that’s what my makeover will look like.

For you, you may not be in my situation because you have more than 5 things to wear. So, your closet makeover might look like any of the following:

  • Adding a closet by installing some wardrobes or pantry style cabinets somewhere

  • Organizing a little (after your purge).

  • Hanging more shelves

  • Adding hooks for hats, scarves or jewelry

  • Creating shoe organization

  • Painting the walls or doors

  • If after your purge you have some empty space, you can move your dresser into your closet and free up floor space in your bedroom

  • Hanging some artwork

  • Changing out the light for something more fun, but only if it makes you happy. Don’t waste money because you think this is what you “should” do.

  • Putting in a closet organization system

  • Moving something out and put it somewhere where it makes more sense

This project is something I would tackle if I my closet was a disaster, if I loved my closet (or wanted to) or if I just needed a creative outlet. So, if you have bigger fish to fry, then skip this one. If your closet is creating such a cluster that life sucks (like what is happening in my coat closet), then put it at the top of your list. Sometimes these things have a trickling effect which needs to stop.

DAY 21 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Entry Update

Every day I come home I am reminded of the project that is my front door. It’s the first thing I see when I get home and dammit if it doesn’t make me depressed. The last thing I want is to be pissed off when I come home. Let’s make it a happy homecoming.

Here are some ideas to help improve your arrival home, both on the inside and the outside of your home.

Side note: I realize in most of the US, it is way cold outside right now and the last thing you can be doing is painting or planting anything. I’ve added some ideas for you as well. If your personal entry is through the garage, then beef it up there. Nothing says “oh great it’s you again” like a dirty run down garage Read on…

Outside Quick Updates

  • The first thing I do at a house when I buy it is remove the screen or security door. Nothing says “Go TF away” like another door blocking your front door. I usually just stash it in the garage in case the buyer still wants it. I have yet to take the security doors down at my house, 3 years later. It’s on my list.

  • Paint your door something fun. Even your garage door can be painted something more enticing.

  • Add some planters on either side of your front door.

  • Change your doormat out (even the cold AF people can do this one)

  • Change out your door knob. BETTER YET, GYST and rekey all of your exterior door knobs so they are the same key.

  • Add a boot scraper thing outside to help take care of the mess you’re dragging in.

Inside Quick Updates

  • Reseal around your door so critters and cold air don’t come in

  • Give your umbrella a place to live.

  • Find a solution for the shoes and backpacks that pile up

  • Add some hooks or a coat rack

  • Change out your rug

  • Paint the back of the door

  • Add a dish to drop keys or sunglasses in or hooks on the wall to hang them up

  • Give each person in your home a section so it doesn’t become a cluster of giant piles

Shit there is a lot here to do just for the front door. Good luck to you.

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