The Closet Experiment

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Sometimes, it surprises me how I manage to clutter my closet literally a few days after it has been carefully organized. The truth is that I am simply a messy person, still, being unable to fetch the blouse I have planned to wear annoys me just as much as being woken up in the middle of the night by the noisy neighbours. I have decided to behave more like an adult, and set an example to my room-mates who, just like me, are not very tidy.

After having though a lot what it takes to keep my closet organized, I decided that sitting around and wondering where to begin with isn’t going to cut it even close. Since I am very curious by nature, the most sensible thing to do to keep me on track with my plans was to conduct a small experiment… and this is how it all began:

1. The Preparation

If I was to keep my closet organized for a prolonged period of time, I had to start with a clean slate, right? So, I got down to business, and took everything out of the closet – just don’t ask me how much time it actually took to finish the preparation process! Since summer is about to hit us hard, the sensible thing to do was to put away my winter clothing, and accessories, and take out the summer ensemble.

Having carefully folded, colour-coded, and set everything into separate piles, I decided it was time to start placing each pile on a designated spot. I worked out a scheme to make sure that I had the best access to the clothes I wear most often to work, my domestic attire, and the party stuff. Once I was done organizing, and, yes cleaning the closet, it was time to initiate the experiment…

2. Observation Time

To have a successful experiment, you need to gather data on your usual behaviour for a fixed period of time, then analyse, and come up with the best ways to improve your “closet behaviour”. A week seemed like enough, based on my previous experience – usually, it takes me no longer to “ruin” my stunning arrangement…

A week passed, and as it turned out, I was totally right, and the closet had reached it’s initial messy state. However, I had been a good little scientist, and I had observed, taken notes, and even some pics that I am not particularly proud of.

3. The Conclusions

I lack self control!

Not that big of a surprise, still, I can say that I am fairly ashamed from my behaviour. As it turned out it wasn’t the little elves that came and ransacked my closet every single day while I was carefully picking up my outfit for the day – it was all me! I can’t set my mind on a specific attire, so I have to try on a few combinations before I am satisfied, and by that time I am running late for work, so I don’t have time to put the discarded clothes back to their designated spots, and from that point on starts the snow-ball effect.

I am a bit of a hoarder!

Here is the place where I am forced to admit one of my little dirty secrets: I hate cleaning, and organizing at home, therefore I sometimes give Cleaning Brighton a call, and let their crew have at the mess at home. The poor people, how much can they do when I have so much stuff lying around. Clothes that I haven’t worn for years but I insist on keeping, just in case.

My display sucks!

While I was struggling to find out where my mistakes were “hidden”, I stumbled upon something that I never would have believed I would say: My display is DISFUNCTIONAL! It may look pretty, it might looks logical but in reality I can’t reach my jeans while the vests that I rarely put on are always in my way. Who would have thought?

The End

My experiment is over, and I am left with a great deal of information I still need to process, and figure out the best way to improve the organization my own closet. Stay tuned for more updates on my crazy home ideas, and entertaining experiments!



Author: Sam

Samantha Winterland (Sam) is the owner and creator of Best Home Ideas. Having graduated from the Withehouse Institute of Design Australia, she has devoted her blog to exploring the latest innovations in interior design. Sam admits she loves everything DIY and is always ready to face a new challenge.

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