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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Closet Spring Cleaning Frenzy

Sunday, March 15, 2015

My mother had a saying when I was growing up, 

A place for everything, 
and everything in its place. 

Deep within my soul I am driven by those words 
even though my house frequently does not look like it. 
Clutter here, clutter there, clutter everywhere you look. 
All the while I turn a blind eye, focusing on what has to be 
accomplished today before I sleep. 

one midnight, 
yes, it seems like it is always midnight, 
I cannot take the clutter any more. 
Then, in a frenzy, I begin cleaning 
and cleaning, and cleaning.... 
all during the wee hours of the night. 
It's like something inside snaps. 

Do you suppose I have obsessive compulsive disorder? 
Nope! Otherwise I could not turn a blind eye 
all those days... really weeks... sometimes years.  

One of the closets is the space undergoing a cleaning frenzy, 
and it is taking more than one night of de-cluttering and re-organizing.

The wire basket tower is almost stripped bare.
The cluttered baskets have been removed for cleaning,
de-cluttering, and re-organizing.

T H E N 

What began as cleaning turned into a 


The tall wire basket tower is no longer pulling its weight. 
Quilts, throws, and pillows just do not fit into those 
file drawer size baskets.

See that European size blue checked pillow
perched precariously on the top small wire shelf?
That pillow is longing for a nice safe place to rest.

Do you also see those useless wire shelves
sitting next to the pillow on top of the small wire shelf?
Not only are they not being used,
they are taking up valuable closet space!

Those wire baskets are so hard to pull out, 
metal riding/grating on metal, 
not the newer drawer glider versions now available. 
The tower sits at the center of the back of the closet, 
looking like a good idea, but NOT. 

The tower has to go! 

After much online and hardware store searching, 
I've decided upon wire shelving, 
20" deep by 36" wide. 
Big enough for quilts, comforters, pillows, and woven BASKETS,
not just metal grid baskets.

Oh, yes, I'm dreaming of woven baskets on new, bigger shelves. 

One design problem.

An 8" by 8" pine post stands in the back corner of the closet. 
Remember, my house is a post and beam house 
in which all that wood is structurally functional. 
The post stays. 

How to work with the post? 

Next time I will show the new closet shelves,
with the 8"x 8" pine post design solution,
and show what has found a much-needed home on the new shelves.
Hint: There is much rejoicing by linens at my house. 

Are you in a Spring cleaning frenzy also?



  1. Oh, I got the "bug" last year around this time, and made much progress. But I need to finish up a little bit during spring break then a bit during the summer AFTER I get my quota of reading and writing in! Spring always does this to me. And I see you are making very good progress Judith!

  2. This year I cannot wait to do my spring cleaning. I am waiting til after all the cold and snow goes away and than watch out. HA! HA!

  3. Since we live in such a tiny house, I have to stay on top of clutter and not let it take over. But I have started "deep cleaning" for spring, and am loving how fresh everything feels.

    Temps may reach the 60s this week. Come on Spring! :)

    Have a lovely one, Judith. I'm looking forward to seeing how you will re-do your closet!

  4. Judith we might of shared the same Mom ... My Mom always said the same thing! Wow you're making great Spring cleaning progress. I'm starting in my kitchen cabinets and really going to clear them out. We are doing a redo/enhancement and I'm going to really clear out unnecessary items. I don't know about you but I always feel a lot better with a very organized house. I get nervous in clutter... So Judith your post today is very inspirational to get up and clean.

  5. I'm slowly letting the spring cleaning bug take hold. I started with some reorganization of some holiday storage bins. Next up are the drawers that hold my napkins. Time to edit and pass along those linens that I no longer use. As with dishes, the table linens have increased through recent years. '-)
    Good luck on your project. I look forward to seeing what you did as a solution.

  6. Good evening (bonsoir) dearest Judith! How kind of you to come by...thank you kindly for your encouragement! I look forward to this adventure of making a book. ANd you my dear, how are you feeling?

  7. Judith,
    I am thrilled to see that I'm not the only one who's been tackling closets!!!
    Instead of working into the night, I begin before the birds start singing!!!
    We'd make a terrific 'tag team'!!!
    I'll be back for more ideas on storage solutions!!!

  8. There are many ways to go about organizing your accessory. Different methods make more sense depending on your space and what you’re storing. No matter which method you choose, these closet storage solutions definitely helps you to reduce the space usage and clutter.


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