Day Thirty – 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – The Guest Room Closet

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It is day 30 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge.  Today I get to share with you one of my own projects.

My guest room closet is my space in the house for my hobbies/memories.  The room used to be my home office until shifting things for a second kid.  Since then it has slowly become a disaster area for memorabilia and my personal craft supplies.

I am an avid knitter, a barely part-time scrapbooker and a two times a year sewer.  This closet contained bins of yarn (sadly not my complete stash!), completed hand knit hats for my Etsy hat shop (, fabric, a sewing machine, scrapbooks and bins of memorabilia. I also have supplies for beading and coloring in there too.  I like to think of this closet as my “some day” projects.  You know, when you have a lot of extra time on your hands.

I would like you to note, even though I am a professional organizer, my spaces don’t look Pinterest or Instagram worthy.  They are real.  This closet could be in any home I work in.  Sometimes getting the item back to the closet is more important than stacking it in picture perfect bins!

Day Thirty - 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge - The Guest Room Closet

My Accomplishment

Today I had a window of time with no kids, no clients, and no pressing projects.  I was ready to be ruthless.  I am proud to say that I got rid of 8 bags of fabric, yarn and misc. items.  While I still have a lot of supplies, I am now able to reach all of them without taking out bins to unbury other bins.  That is an accomplishment!

Day Thirty - 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge - The Guest Room Closet

Where I got stuck was where most of us do, on memorabilia.  That took the most time, because I felt like I needed to really hold each item and decide if it still meant something to me.  I limited myself to one memorabilia box.  I weeded out all of the photographs and put them aside for a larger project of scanning and archiving all of them.  If I picked up something and it didn’t make me smile, or I couldn’t remember why it was important to save, it went. I am down from at least five miscellaneous holders of cards, photos, and other items I dumped in there for my “some day” scrapbooks, to one simple box.

I consider this day’s work the first layer.  I cleared out at least a third of what is in there.  My goal is to get through even more, but I know with my limited time and emotional capacity for more difficult decisions, that today was a great accomplishment!  We won’t talk about the other areas of the house the other craft supplies live…that’s for another day.

I hope you feel the same sense of accomplishment in your projects.

Happy Organizing,




About the Author:

Kristin founded Livable Solutions professional organizing in 2004. She made a hobby into a career and loves to help others organize their time, homes and offices.  She also teaches other basic organizing principles through lectures and seminars.
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