Here is the horror that had become our entry/hall closet. This is where we hang all school uniforms, keep the boys' socks and shoes, hats, scarves, gloves, vacuum, ironing board and iron. Over the past month the place had been completely destroyed. Even I was at fault. I had begun tossing in folded socks willy nilly and just closing the door behind me. Yes, I am appropriately ashamed.
I hauled everything out of the closet, stacked and sorted uniforms by child on the kitchen table. We have so many clothes thanks to generous hand-me-downs from friends.
Then it was time to tackle all the winter gear, shoes, coats and random items that had migrated into this closet. After a few hours of tinkering I felt I had accomplished a lot.
Here's the new closet:
That is actually a picture from http://www.closettailors.com/.
My actual closet now looks like this:
I even got creative and brought out some construction paper and glue and made color-coded dividers for each child. Now I can more easily hang sizes for each child and they can quickly find their own uniforms.
There is still a lot of empty wall space in the closet and I have a few ideas for putting that to use, but for today, with simple steps in mind, I am satisfied to see the carpet and the order restored in the closet.