This is a post I’ve wanted to do for some time. I thought about it a lot and how I was going to present it. There are 1000’s of blog posts out their on closet and drawer organization. But what I found isn’t out there is how to get your closet and drawers cleaned out when you are weak, low on energy or have pain from chronic illness. For most people who are in good standing health, well you know you can easily accomplish cleaning out and organizing your closet in one afternoon. However, if you have any symptoms of fatigue or pain then you definitely know life is unpredictable. Sometimes just making it through another hour can be difficult! In the following post I share how I achieved this and what kind of time I put into it.
As you can see from the above pics my drawers were over stuffed and I couldn’t even see what was in them. When my bedroom is unorganized and full of clutter I feel overwhelmed, everything is chaotic and I don’t function as well as when everything is in it’s place. I always aim for cleaning my drawers and closets 4 times a year, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. When I do this I’m able to add things I will need for the new season and bring out my classic pieces that are always in style. If something is trendy and I haven’t worn for a year then its time to re sale on Poshmark or donate to Goodwill.
I started with one of my 3 smaller drawers. One drawer for accessories, one for underwear and one for bras. For the accessory drawer I bought a cute acrylic jewelry tray at TJ Maxx, and put the necklaces I wear the most out in plain sight. When it comes to my clothing drawers I’m always changing things out depending on the season. At the time I did these pics it was summertime so my long sleeve layering shirts (which I have less of during this time of year) went in one of the smaller drawers. My shorts got moved to a drawer of their own since I will be wearing more. Then it was time for my tee shirt/tank top drawer…as you can see I have a lot of them. I folded them nicely, put graphic tops together, then solid colors, then tank tops. Pretty basic and easy to see whats what.
Now let’s get back to my point of how to organize when you have pain and limited energy. As I said before I didn’t do this all in one day. It actually took me about a month from start to finish and thats because every day is different, things pop up, you may feel worse or feel great and wanna get out of the house for a bit. There is no time limit to doing this, but it’s still important to do it a few times a year.
Tackling my closet was the final step. For me the closet is always harder because it requires standing up and…well when you have low BP like me it makes this job very difficult, but as I have said, I take my time. I always start with my drawers and things that I need to put in baskets because I can do this while sitting on my bed. The very top shelf is used for things I don’t need to get to as often like sweatshirts, hats and clutches. Another basket holds bathing suits and sports bras. I also like my closet to feel like I’m shopping a boutique so I usually will but a few purses out in eye sight. A larger basket on the bottom shelf holds the jeans I’m wearing most frequently. I like to roll my jeans up because then I can fit more of them in my drawer. I also do this folding method with all my leggings. The seasonal stuff goes into the bottom drawer in my closet. As for the hanging clothes…I’ve slowly been switching over to black velvet hangers. I love these because they look nicer and keep the clothes from slipping off.
My best advice is to take your time. Trying and knowing you’ve given something your ALL is all you can ever do! Feel free to reach out with questions anytime. Thanks for following along!