How I spent my Saturday
Spent a good six hours tackling the master bedroom this weekend. I pulled EVERYTHING out of the closets, sorted, purged, rearranged and put back only what really needs to be in there.
On the rods:
DH & my own clothing, our shoes (we keep the one pair we're using in the entry hall), DD's grow-into-clothing, memoribilia clothing (my wedding dress, baptismal gown, first communion dress, letterman's jacket, etc.)
On the floor of the closet:
Two medium-sized tubs of baby clothes (one for girl, one for boy--these could go out to the garage really, now that I think about it), dirty laundry basket, hidden Xmas presents in shopping bag (shhhh)
On the upper shelves:
one banker's box medieval clothing (my one remaining SCA dress), one banker's box of wedding momentoes, my second purse (needs repair), one box of costume fabric (for Halloween, etc), one small box of toys (future b-day gifts for friends, etc). Oh, there's also the foot spa up there. Hasn't been used in years. Gave myself thirty days to decide to use it or donate it.
I vacuumed out the whole thing, including the upper shelving. Eww! Got rid of a lot my DH's clothes as he lost 80+ lbs this year! Also tackled his dresser and my nightstand and the other areas of floor around the bed. One small pile of "things" left to find homes for (my artwork, some framed photos, etc) and still need to get under the bed and pull out a couple of bins of things under there.
DH's nightstand will be last. He is a determined clothes dropper and scrap keeper. Every pen, coin, score card, business card, sticky note, etc just comes out of his pockets and is laid on his nightstand never to be touched again. I have a system for dealing with it and we just purge it once or twice a year.
I would say I am 2/3 done but already it feels so much better because I know how empty that closet is compared to what it was! I pulled out seven kitchen garbage bags of things to donate!
Long-term there are things I would like to remove from the room to make it more minimalist, but getting everything off the floor but the furniture is a good start.