Closet PURGE + Redesign and PURGE PARTY {1}

Hello! Welcome to my first Purge Party!
To read more about it click here.

I am excited to be a part of your lives and as we all
encourage one another to let go of things
and stop placing so much meaning on the acquiring of STUFF.
And start thinking of our homes as havens, not catch-alls.

Places of ministry, hope and life.

Let's shed those things that hinder our effectiveness.
Let's shed excess acquisitions as well as attitudes 
that are no longer promoting peace in our homes!

We can learn new ideas about simplicity from each other,
and this is what I am excited about!

For those of you that still trying to figure out what a Purge Party is, 
I have a room to share with you that will give you an idea of what a PURGE can do! 
And what kind of party this is!


I had the pleasure of helping a client who had just become an "empty-nester" when her son left for Iraq and Afghanistan. She wanted to turn his room into her Painting Studioand use the left closet for her art suppliesShe is also a backpacker/hiker. The right closet was made into a space for her to conveniently store her equipment and supplies for hiking. (I worked with her to redesign and organize the whole room, but for now, we'll just look at the closets.)

Here is the left closet.
Her son left quite a bit here.
She donated his clothing that was too small,
 and boxed up the rest and put it in storage for when he comes home.

The old shelf and rod were removed and a Closet Maid System installed.
Labelled shoe boxes keep her supplies sorted and at-hand.
Here's what purging and organizing did for this space.

 This is the right closet in the same bedroom.

There is a lot of poorly-utilized space here.

A Closet Maid System was installed in this side, too.
Her gear (clothing, food, inclement weather gear) was sorted into bins and labelled.

The cream linen items (not in bins) are her brochure/campsite info bin and her tent.

She kept what she needed and had 7 lawn/garden sized bags of STUFF that were removed!

This room was reclaimed as space for her to now take up hobbies she enjoys.
And painting and hiking are much more enjoyable when she can find what she needs easily.

These closets are just an example.
You may have a drawer or a basket, a shed or a cupboard that you can simplify.

We are not only transforming our homes as we make them,
our hearts and outlooks are transformed, as well.
Please share those stories, too!

The rules for this party are quite simple:

1.) Your post has to be about releasing extra clutter of the home (i.e. too many options, too many things, too many piles) or shedding extra clutter of the heart (i.e. overwhelm, weariness, disappointment, resentment).
If you find that your link is gone, it's not because I don't love it, it's because your post didn't follow rule #1. I'm sorry!  
2.) Link directly to the post that pertains, not the link to your blog.
3.) The link party closes Wednesday at midnight EST.
4.) I will choose my favorite(s) and feature them next Monday!


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  1. Hi Leslie! I did something like this a while back, and it was a great motivator for me after we'd had some remodeling work done...helped me to get the dust vacuumed up off of everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!). I'm setting about decluttering some areas now, so I'll jump on board with you! Hopefully I can get a smaller project finished to post by Wednesday!
    Lori (aka IllinoisLori)

  2. Leslie I hope my post will work. It is an older one and I can't say I got rid of tons of things but it definitely is prettier and makes the guest feel more comfortable I hope now that they have a dresser to store things!

    bee blessed

  3. Leslie,
    Awesome! I love to be organized, but when we moved and needed to downsize and get rid of what we didn't need (or use) that was when I realized I wasn't as organized as I thought! You're closets look great! Fun party idea and happy to join in! I'm off to work, but I'll be back tonight to visit everyone and get some more great tips :)
    Happy Day!

  4. I thought I'd have time to do a small purge after two clients yesterday, Leslie, but it didn't happen. I'd have liked to join in today, but I will try to get to it this week so I can join in on the next one.

  5. Thank you for inspiring me to get busy. Also thank you for being real enough to show us your not so pretty as well as your pretty.

    Cha Cha

  6. Wow!! Seven lawn garden bags of stuff removed!!! That's the best part. I removed three tall kitchen bags from my project and had to RUN for the outside garbage can before the pack rats got a hold of it. ;)
    Feeling lighter already, Leslie. I'm so excited that I'm off to do the foyer closet today.
    By the way, for party guests who feel the project needs to be this big, it doesn't. I'm sure EVERYONE has a messy kitchen drawer they can update. Hmmm...
    Much love!

  7. Thank you for hosting, Leslie. So inpspired already this morning.

  8. Your closet organizing is right up my alley and something I'll be getting to in my own house shortly. We're in the process of redoing our 2 youngest sons' room and the closet needs some practical storage solutions to say the least. Thanks for the inspiration and great idea for a party!

  9. Awesome party Leslie! Maybe I'll get done with my pantry today so I can link up tomorrow. I desperately need to work on my closet - mine looks worse than your client's before. Her after looks fabulous and peaceful. Mine is so chaotic. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. Wow! She really did purge, didn't she? The closet looks so open and spacious now. :) I'm not sure if my post from today counts as a "purge" post, but if you think it does, I'll link it up! I like the empty space. ;)

  11. Oh I am loving this party, Leslie! I will definitely join in one week very soon. I've had out-of-town company for almost 2 weeks now so my computer time has been very limited and I've neglected my little blog. I'll be getting back to posting next week and will be using your linky party to motivate me to do some purging projects I have been putting off.
    Off to check out everyone's posts.

  12. Hi Leslie,
    I'm so excited I found your party! I'm on a mission to purge 2,011 things from my home in 2011. I'm on my second year of this challenge and I regularly post about my progress and encourage others to join me along the way. It will be lots of fun to see what you and your readers are up to too.

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