diy guide: closet cleanout + wardrobe cleanse

closet cleanout + wardrobe cleanse Recently I tackled a big project... my closet.

For the past few months years my closet has been annoying me, and I finally reached a breaking point. I've constantly avoided the same items, reaching instead for my tried and true pieces. My wardrobe has felt cluttered and frustrating, and I've just continued to buy random items to try and fill it out. Creating outfits from a mash-up of  random colors and prints is obviously difficult, and I hate spending more time getting ready than I need to.

When I look back at all the money I've spent on clothes, accessories, and shoes, I'm pretty disgusted with myself, especially considering how much of it I actually wear. I feel embarrassed that I had collected so much stuff, wore so little of it, and yet still found myself complaining daily that I had "nothing to wear".

I knew it was time to make a drastic change, and that a huge purge was in order. I whittled my closet down to 1/4 of what it used to be and now it's only filled with what I love. Here's how I did it:

Out with the old.... in waves. 
This took me 6 weeks. I pulled things out and then put them back, and repeated that over and over. I wanted to hang onto things for the sentimental value, or for fear that I'd one day want to wear it. I also just genuinely felt bad getting rid of clothing that I'd only worn a few times, remembering what I paid for it and feeling guilty. But I had to let that go and concentrate on what items I felt good in; what things I wanted to wear again and again. Because I had so much crap in my closet, I had to get rid of things in waves.

Wave 1: Any item that I literally hated, didn't fit, I never wore, was flawed, or hadn't been taken out of my closet in over a year. Easy. (This is the wave I would normally stop at with my usual seasonal purges).

Wave 2: Any item that I generally avoided, that I could only wear ONE certain way, or that didn't make me feel great. Really anything that I couldn't see myself buying if I went shopping today.

Wave 3: Items that I liked, but that I hadn't worn in a long time or had trouble styling.

Wave 4: Items that I loved, were expensive, or had sentimental value... but just weren't getting worn for whatever reason. Either they didn't fit right or didn't fit in with my style anymore.

Wave 5: Items that I had worn recently and like, but that will always get passed up for a similar item in my closet that I love even more. No point in keeping the lesser of the two.

Donate, Trash, Sell. 
I started 3 heaps - donate, trash and sell. Pretty self-explanatory. Without any luck on independent closet-sale websites, I turned to trusty eBay and I made over $1,800.... all on clothing/accessories I wasn't even wearing! Once I started making a profit on old items, I felt even more motivated to purge more. I went back through my closet two more times until I finally had gotten rid of every last item I wasn't in love with.

In with the new. 
Now that my closet is cleaned out, I can really see what's missing (and it's not bird prints, let me tell you that). I've made a shopping list of things I want and/or need in my wardrobe, and for the first time I feel like I'm on my way to being really content with my wardrobe. I also don't have to feel guilty about buying some staples that I need, because I'll be using money I made from old items.

Now's a great time to purge! If you're feeling blah about your wardrobe/closet, take the plunge.

diy: wall mounted bottle opener

DIY mounted bottle opener I saw an opener like this recently at Target and fell in love. Like most things, I decided it was overpriced and that I'd figure out a way to make it on my own... or rather, have my dad make it on his own. I found a cheap brass opener on Amazon and my dad handled the rest. With a little paint, I was actually able to make one I like even better than the original one I fell in love with.

what you need: wall bottle opener, wood, wood glue, drill, paint/paint brush, sandpaper
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Begin by cutting your wood down to size. You'll need one long piece for the back of the opener approx. 12"x7" (this will be the piece you mount to the wall). For the bottle cap catcher bin, you'll need one piece the same width as your backing (i.e. 7"x5"), and two smaller pieces for the sides (i.e. 5"x3"). Lastly, you'll need one piece for the base (i.e. 7"x5"). These sizes can all vary depending on how large you want it. Glue the 3 smaller pieces together (the two smaller pieces glued to the sides) and let those dry. One that is dry, glue it to the base of the backing and glue the bottom on.
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Optional step: after the glue has dried, add wood trim edging to the cap collector bin.
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Paint the entire thing in your desired color and let dry completely. Then, go over areas (concentrating on the edges) with sandpaper to create a rustic/weathered look. When satisfied with how it looks, affix your opener using the drilled holes. Just attach to the wall of your choice (we hung ours outside on the patio) with a drill and screws. Cheers!
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diy: cutting board recipe holder

diy: cutting board recipe holder I first saw this idea forever ago on Pinterest as a DIY version of a Pottery Barn item. I've had it tucked away in my mind ever since, just waiting for the perfect paddle cutting board to come around at a thrift store. I finally found one and I'm so happy with how this turned out. This rustic recipe holder will be something I use for years to come! It can be used for books, tablets, or even just printed recipes. This would also make a great gift for the chef in your life, or as a unique housewarming gift.

what you need: paddle cutting board, scrabble tile holder, wooden wedge, piece of leather + stamps
diy: cutting board recipe holderdiy: cutting board recipe holder Start with a clean paddle cutting board. Using wood glue, adhere a Scrabble tile holder to the front. Note: you may need to cut or file your tile holder down to the same width as your cutting board so it doesn't hang over. Again using wood glue, adhere a wooden triangular block to the back. This will act as a wedge that holds your cutting board up, so it should be pretty thick and heavy.
diy: cutting board recipe holderdiy: cutting board recipe holder After the glue has completely dried, paint everything entirely. I did an undercoat of yellow (hard to tell in photos) and a top coat of ivory, then sanded it down for a rustic look. Once your paint has dried, add your final touches. I added a tied strip of leather and stamped 'bon appetit' to the top. Voila!
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