Sharing Thanks for a collapsed closet!

My new organized empty closet.
Sometimes good things happen from things that go bump in the night. On Friday night I was woken up by the sound of huge crash at 2:00 am. I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights to find that my wall closet rods and shelf had collapsed. My clothes laid half on the ground in a heap, and I'm embarassed to say it reminded me of an episode of "Hoarders." Thank goodness my cat was ok, sometimes she sleeps by a cuddly sweater.

How could I be thankful about this? Well sometimes it takes a calamity to force you to become more organized. Here is why I am grateful for my collapsed closet.

  1. I was thankful to have the opportunity to go through all of my closet belongings. I made my 3 piles, keep, give away to goodwill, and absolute trash. I have lived in our house for over 20 years. Some of my clothes are even older than that. I decided if I had not worn a piece of clothing in the last 10 years it should be thrown out or be given away. I felt so much freer parting with pants that have not fit me in the last decade. Sometimes you just have to wake up and smell reality.
  2. Thanks to my husband Spencer, who after I managed to empty the closet was able to hammer the shelf and clothing rod back to new! Thanks to my daughter Becky who helped me hold things in place while my husband happily hammered away.
  3. I am so thankful that I was able to part with 2/3rds of my belongings! Life is so much simpler to manage with less stuff.
  4. I am thankful to have caught the organizing bug. I am determined to get rid of the clutter, the unused underappreciated items that do nothing to contribute to me or my families happiness.
I hope you will share an organizing tip that you're thankful for in the comments. Sometimes good things can come out of bad things.


  1. I LOVE scarves, but had grown tired of the drawer space my many scarves were occupying. A friend showed me a quick organizer: buy a wooden hanger, and shower curtain rings; loop a scarf through each ring and then hang them up in the closet. A $5 solution that has saved a lot of room, and time since I don't have to dig for the scarf I want on any given day. :)

  2. Wow, what a great way to store your beautiful scarves so you can see them all at once. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip!

  3. I like this post, Linda! I have recently cleaned out my closet needs it regularly, it seems! Always a good feeling! I'm specially thankful for my friend, Irene, who came over and helped me with my project..."again....!" as she teased me! She's a great friend! -And was mostly good company, while I made my piles too....! Thankful for THAT!!


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