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Love Your Space Challenge #8: Have Your Clothes Ready to Wear

PicMonkey CollageHi there readers! Do you have big plans for the weekend?  I just plan on staying cozy and warm and spending time with my family in our newly decorated den. Exciting! Funny what a few hours of rearranging, eliminating, and decorating can do. Speaking of all that, how are the challenges going for you? How many have you tried? I hope they are inspiring you to start this year and your home fresh. At the end of the month (and challenge), I would love to showcase your finished projects.  You can share them on Up to Date Interiors Facebook page or email me at kathy@uptodateinteriors.com.  If you are a blogger I would love to add your website name as well.

Okay, let’s get going.  This list is getting longer and longer but if you have missed any of the previous challenges or want to read the intro, just click on a link below!

Week 1 Living Spaces

Challenge #1: Move a Piece of Furniture

Challenge #2: Hang Something New on Your Wall

Challenge #3: Style Your Coffee Table

Challenge #4: Add Fresh Air

Challenge #5: Style Your Bookcase

Week 2 Sleeping Spaces

Challenge #6: Change Your Textiles (bedding)

Challenge #7: Change Your Drawer Knobs

Challenge #8: Have Your Clothes Ready to Wear

Challenge #9: Dress Your Dresser

Challenge #10: Be Ready for Guests

Week 3 Eating Spaces

Challenge #11: Set Up a Tea/Coffee Station

Challenge #12: Spruce Up Your Seating

Challenge #13: Organize Your Pantry. Fast.

Challenge #14: Style Your Buffet/Sideboard

Challenge #15: Treat Your Kitchen Window

Week 4 Bathroom, Laundry room, and Office

Challenge #16: Make Your Bathroom Pretty

Challenge #17: Organize your Laundry Room

Challenge #18: Repurpose Something!

Challenge #19: Conquer Paper Clutter

Challenge #20:  Organize a Junk Drawer

Love Your Space Challenge #8

Have your clothes ready to wear

What do I mean by that?  I’m sure most of you are in the same boat as I am and only wear a small percentage of what I actually have in my bedroom.  Loving your space also means loving what is behind the doors and hidden in drawers.  Isn’t it much more enjoyable to choose an outfit when you know what you have and where it is? I chose this challenge for Friday so that you have the entire weekend to work on it.

Option 1: Quickly (as you can) go through your closet and pull out any left over summer items (if appropriate where you live and your closet if FULL), clothes that don’t fit properly, or anything you haven’t worn in over a year.  Store them neatly in bins or other places (donate what you no longer want or need).  Organize what’s left by color and category.container-storeContainer Store

Option 2: Go through your dresser with the same guidelines as the closet.  Separate your unmentionables with empty shoe boxes to keep them organized.

laundry-simplified-4_300via Shelterness

Option 3:  Hang a valet hook for your planned outfit or dry cleaning inside or outside your closet door.

ladiestop-hanger_300via Real Simple 

My outcome:  I completed all three options within an hour and half which wasn’t hard because we basically have a broom closet in our master bedroom.  Maybe a blessing in disguise? I do store my dresses and coats in different closets. Using an over the door hanger in our master makes it easier to plan outfits to wear and quickly hang up outer garments. SONY DSCMy dresser now has much more room with clothes ready for this weather (and that fit properly).  I didn’t realize how many summer garments I still had out.

dresser-drawers-openIf you are overwhelmed with a huge closet or not a lot of time, just take about 15 minutes to go through one drawer or closet section this weekend.  Having a little extra space and discovering “hidden gems” may be worth it!

Thanks for stopping by and all of the enthusiasm you have shown for this New Year’s Challenge. It sure is making it more fun for me!



  1. Great ideas! I think most of us could do with a little closet and drawer “re-organizing”…I know I sure can. Thanks for the reminder. Love the idea of just doing one drawer at a time, it can be a little overwhelming to think about doing it all if it’s really a mess. Have a great weekend.

  2. The empty shoe box I never thought of that I have two right now that I will be using. I need to organize my jewelry too in some type of order.

  3. I love your ideas. I organized my pantry last weekend and now I know what I have and what I need to purchase. The same is true for my closet, which is always a work in progress. Thanks for the tips !

  4. How can you NOT love all the fabulous ways you have things organized?!! I personally love to color coordinate my closet 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. LOL, Thanks Nancy! My room mate in college (12 years ago) had her closet color coordinated and I thought it looked so pretty.

    1. That closet is from the Container Store ad. (I forget to add that to the image, oops!) I wish it was mine, our closet is about a 1/4 size of that one. =) Thanks for stopping by!

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