Over the last few weeks, we asked you to send us your crazy closet photos, and boy-oh-boy, did you! Raquel and I have poured over the entries, both of us eager to get in there and start purging and organizing. We knew it would be too hard for us to pick winner, so we need your help. Here are the 5 finalists, their closets and their stories. We asked our entrants why they thought they should win--read what they have to say! Comment on this post and tell us which closet we should tackle. You may only comment once, but feel free to share with friends, neighbors, and family. Voting ends Dec 12. Good luck ladies--we look forward to getting in your closet soon!
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In her words:My closet is in a state of total disarray. It is truly the worst shape that it has ever been in. I believe it is a combination of a couple things... First, I only wear about 10% of what is in my closet. The majority of clothes are leftover from when I worked outside the home (which was almost 5 years ago). Those clothes are either outdated or just not practical for my current lifestyle. Second, many items just don't fit anymore, which is how so many things got tossed on the floor. I had a baby two years ago, so naturally I gained some weight. I started running again, and actually just completed my first marathon. So I've lost weight, but my body is shaped a little different so my old clothes still don't fit. Finally, I think time is a factor in my disorganization. I stay home with my two boys, ages 4 and 22 months. I frequently have to dress as fast as I can, so it's just easier to grab and toss things rather than get everything back to a neat, orderly closet.
Sadly, I also dress very sloppily. Since having kids, I've put my own clothing budget aside for my kids'. Because I often have snot and other yucky things wiped on me throughout the day, I just decided that it's pointless to wear anything nice. As a result, my new "uniform" is old jeans that are too big, oversized t-shirts, and my running clothes.
I'm ready to turn over a new leaf and start taking better care of myself. Please help! :)
In her words:
I have a walk in closet. But you wouldn't know it! I also share it with my husband. Safe, Christmas presents, files, shoes and clothes! I attempted a closet organization a couple of years ago but I'm not really sure that it has helped! As you can see!!! This is the state of my closet every day. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
In her Words:
I have always been a person that takes pride in my appearance and my personal style. I used to receive a lot of complements on my wardrobe and I did not realize how much that contributed to my confidence until I had my son 6 months ago. Now most of my clothes no longer fit post baby (and the ones that do, certainly don't look the same). I spend a significant amount of time each morning trying to find something I feel good in. That pile on the floor in the second photo was created in 20 minutes from me just trying to find an outfit I felt good in. I used to love picking out outfits and styling a look, but now it's one of my most hated parts of the day. I know I still have good pieces in my closet, I just need help finding them and editing out the pieces that no longer work (so I can find the good stuff more easily!). My sanity and confidence could really use the help :)
Another reason I could really use this win is that my husband is as organized as they come. His closet is immaculate and my inability to organize my clothes is a constant source of frustration for him as my clothes usually end up spilling out of the closet and get piled on the chair (his reading chair) in our bedroom. I have tried to get on top of it, man have I tried but I think I am at a point where I need professional help! I love him so much and would really love to surprise him by fixing my messy closet and helping him reclaim his favorite chair!
In her words:
I always thought my walk in closet at my old house was too small. We just moved into our new home and I really think it wasn't the closet, it's me.
This is my crazy closet. I also have 2 dressers in our bedroom and I had 2 loads or laundry going when I took the picture. Oh and maybe 3 tubs of clothes I haven't unpacked since we moved from CA 4 years ago. I always feel I have nothing to wear, when clearly I have a enough clothes for the whole neighborhood. I need help. I have 4 different sizes of clothes, including maternity clothes (Madison is 18 months) in my closet. I need someone to help me purge my clothes. I also need help buying stuff that will fit. I can't tell you how much is in there with tags still on them.
As my hubby says I need you, and an intervention.
In her words
I would REALLY love to win this. I was a P.E. teacher and naturalist before I had children and have not given up those clothes yet. I realized while taking these pictures, I probably dont wear 75 percent of the clothes in there. I've been wearing maternity/nursing clothes since fall 2008. Now I am a stay at home mom with no time to figure out what my style is. Am I the outdoorsy girl I used to be? An excersize clothes wearing mom? I feel lost each time I try to get dressed. I know my husband just wants me to be happy and comfortable, but I miss the cute girl I used to be. I don't mind saying, I need professional HELP!