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My Dirty Little Secret.

You know those deep dark corners of your house that you hope no one ever happens upon because it's filled to the brim with pure junk? No? You don't have one of those? Ummmm, yeah, me either. I er, I er.

Okay, you caught me. I do have one of those places. It's my hall closet. The hall closet quickly became the "catch all" closet upon our moving in a few years ago. You will find a variety of treasures (i.e. CRUD) in there - from candles, party supplies, holiday decor, an insane amount of batteries, table clothes and linens, to games, helium tanks, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, enormous video games (I hate you, Rock Band) and hobby supplies that have been long forgotten and shoved into the overflowing .... hall closet.


And sadly, I didn't even name half of it. My vacuum and sweepers stay in there too. Along with four folding chairs and.... and and and, okay, I'm not going to name everything in there.

The other day as I was wrestling with my vacuum cleaner trying to free her from it's home of squaller, I threw in the towel and rolled up my sleeves. It was TIME something be DONE about this CLOSET.

I have organized and REORGANIZED this closet time and again since living here but as we accumulate more stuff, the more outrageous this closet becomes. So I decided to not only reorganize it, but to get rid of the stuff that we keep for "what if's". I am having a yard sale soon so it was the perfect time to purge myself of The Beast.

I am about to show you a picture of this place. Now, let me preface it by saying this is the ONLY scary corner of my house that is junky. And I'm not sure why I let it get like this except for the fact that we were keeping too much STUFF and when we didn't know what to do with something, it got thrown in there. Think Monica's junk closet on Friends. This is what we're talking about, guys.

And while Husby told me that this picture made us look like HOARDERS, I decided that I'm going to take a deep breath and keep it real with y'all.

Here it is. The Former Shame Of My Home.


YIKES! GASP! EGADS! AYE CARUMBA! Yeah, none of those words even cover how terrible this closet was.

And it was taken after a crash. I'm not sure what ALL fell and where it all came from, but I heard a BOOM! and I went in to find a pile.

After a few hours of sorting, cleaning, organizing and screaming.... I came out with a clean closet.



And I have threatened Husby that if it does not stay this way, I will not be a fun girl to deal with. (Not that it's former self was all his fault, but he definitely was a big contributor to "Le Mess".) (Like when we would get new boxes of formula and he would just sling them in there on top of whatever else was on the floor.)

Phew. It's finished, it's done, and it's clean.

And my new "junk space" has officially become my garage so that my HOME remains clutterless. Don't tell Husby.
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. My father in law's whole house used to look like that. Heck, my mom's still does. Yours looks great. I'm jealous of that big closet!

  2. What's funny is that the very first thing I thought of was Monica's closet ha. I am jealous of how big that closest is!! It looks great now.

  3. My husband is a nerd & collects so much computer parts & CRAP, that I don't know what to do anymore. It's in our living room, bedroom, guest bedroom & garage. When this stuff starts to hit the babies room, he might be sleeping in the garage until he can get rid of some of his CRAP. It overwhelms me, because I have know clue what all those parts, wires, drives, screws, cables, blah, blah, blah! Okay, I'm done ranting. Will you just come over & organize my entire house, now that your done with your closet :D

  4. Beautiful! I love a freshly organized closet :-)

  5. Wow! That is one heck of an organizing job you did there. I am impressed. There are a couple nooks and crannies in my house that need some cleaning out like that....

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  6. No worries, everyone has a secret "junk spot!" LOL, I was totally thinking of Monica on Friends the whole time!!! :D She was so ashamed of her space!!! The place looks great, now, though!!! We just went through a major decluttering and garage sale, but I think I could still get rid of more! We are the king and queen of "stuff," and I don't know how it happens!!! :/

  7. I'm pretty sure that EVERYBODY has a closet like that. I'm pretty sure that we have 2. Isn't it amazing how things just tend to pile up after a while?

  8. awesome job!! and i gotta ask, why do you have helium tanks?

  9. Can you come help me clean and organize my house???

  10. That is an awesome closet!! I wish I had one that size for all of my knick knacks! Doesn't a newly organized closet feel great?!?!

  11. Hilarious! I loved that episode on Friends - too funny. Our hall closet gets like that and I clean it out every 8 months or so. Usually, right before winter so I don't have the embarrassment of having to open said closet to put a guest coat in there and getting attacked by the contents!

  12. No judgement here. My hall closet is a mess as well! However you have an amazingly BIG closet that I would just love to have. Mine is much smaller, which means it can't fit as much...could be a positive.

    Love the new organization!

  13. You aren't the only one! I am in the midst of moving, and on Saturday we just opened the door to the closet under the stairs. YIKES! It was packed to the ceiling with pure crap. I threw out nearly everything in it. It was most definitely Monica's closet... because the rest of my house is more organized than you can imagine!!!

  14. Enormous video games??? I'm SO WITH YA, sista! What's up with the giant games that our hubbys play what...three, four, five times a year? UGH!!! Boys and their toys!

  15. Rockband is so hard to store, isnt it? My whole apartment feels like your closet most days. I need to clean and throw out like a maniac in the next 2 months. But good for you getting it all tidied up.


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