So it took me a lot longer to clean this closet b/c I had to come up with ways to organize some things. I actually went out to Walmart and bought a basket to hold my son's helmets, balls, etc. I also bought a 2 drawer organizer to hold the miscellaneous garden stuff, ropes, plug extensions, etc on the bottom drawer, and left the top drawer empty so I can fill it with some of my 3 year old's toys, as I explained earlier. I have 1 large trash bag filled with a few coats and sweatshirts that we never wore that will go to Purple Heart and 1 large trash bag filled with "junk" such as a ripped up kite, silly looking garden things, some broken games, and stuff like that. I really didn't run into anything that sentimental, other than a HCA sweatshirt that reminded me of where I taught music to such great students before I became a mom and it took my husband a bit to let go of his "snowboard" coat that was 2 sizes too big for him and that he probably would never wear even if he did go skiing (which he hasn't done since we've been married, mostly b/c I don't like to ski). I also have another bag filled with items that I thought we could save for a garage sale in the near future.
There was a lot of "stuff" that I couldn't get rid of, but that belonged somewhere else, like our storage room or other closets upstairs. Our bowling balls took up half of the floor but we haven't used them in two years, which does make me a little sad b/c my husband and I used to love bowling together. So those and several swimming/beach items we decided should be stored away in our storage room. There were also several sweatshirts and sweaters that really belong in our bedroom closet. Overall I'm satisfied with the closet and think I did everything I could do to make it look more organized. I could even fit my diaper bag on top, which I've never had a spot for before. I am a little disappointed that I couldn't fit our shoes anywhere. Right now I still have them in a basket, on top of the 2 drawer organizer, which atleast keeps them hidden from visitors and should keep my littlest from pulling shoes out all day. I will have to come up with a better solution in the long run though for our shoes. Any suggestions?