‘Counting On’: Jessa Duggar Reveals That Her Entire Family Shares 1 Closet

Jessa Duggar knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by mountains of laundry. After struggling to keep her family’s clothing clean and organized, the mom of three implemented a simple solution that she says has transformed their lives. She’s pared down her family’s wardrobe so that almost all their clothes fit in a single closet. 

Jessa Duggar banished the clutter

In a YouTube video posted Dec. 16, Jessa shared that she’d gotten fed up with her family’s clutter. To combat the craziness, she implemented what might seem to some like a drastic solution. 

First, she got rid of a lot of her big and bulky furniture, like a dark, carved wood bed frame, and replaced it with smaller, lighter pieces. Then, she tackled her family’s clothes. In the video, she showed off a stylish dark green changing table with three drawers — one for each of her kids, Spurgeon, 4, Henry, 2, and Ivy, 6 months.  

She also gave viewers a peek inside her master bedroom closet, which she shares with her husband, Ben Seewald, and all the kids. 

One closet for five people

Empty hangers
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Jessa, 27, proved that she really has embraced a minimalist lifestyle when she revealed the Seewald family closet. The relatively small reach-in closet holds clothes for Jessa, Ben, and the three kids. A separate tall dresser holds some additional items, like shoes for the kids, Jessa’s leggings, and Ben’s basketball shorts. 

“Doing our closet this way, I feel things get worn more often than if they were folded up in a drawer because often things are buried and you don’t see what you have. And so things just end up not getting worn.” Jessa said. “Hanging nearly everything makes it easy to see what you have and wear it more often. 

What inspired Jessa to change her ways 

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This is real life, y'all. ❤ *swipe left to see more pics of my house today in all its shining glory* 1.) 6+ loads of laundry piled on the guest bed… can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it's CLEAN laundry. 2.) Side table that probably hasn't been dusted in at least 6 months. 3.) Henry's dried spit up on my side of the bed, that I've slept on for who knows how many nights. 4.) Handprints on the mirror, and Spurgeon's beautiful artwork that happened when he found a pen that was left out. 5.) Pile of diapers on the top of my dresser… pretty sure these all collected in the past 12 hours. 6.) Blocks scattered again, not bc Spurgeon was building with them… just bc it's like his favorite thing to dump them out and hear them clang on the hardwood floors. Haha! 7.) Sink full of dishes. 8.) Oil splatters and food particles on the stovetop. Probably has been a few months since it's been wiped down. 9.) Toddler handprint on the fridge door. 10.) Dust collection on the front of the HVAC intake…ha! But hey, at least we're replacing the filter every month! There's a never ending to-do list. Some of these tasks have been accomplished today, others haven't. (We have guest staying with us over the weekend, so that's a motivation to prioritize the laundry on the guest bed. ) Some of y'all may be thinking, "C'mon now, it only takes a few min to dust or wipe down a mirror…" I know, it is so. My reminder today has been that the same is true of the needs of the little people in our lives. I might think "I don't have time right now." But it only takes a few min… here and there. A few mins here, spent cuddling a fussy baby. A few mins there, singing lullabies as a toddler drifts off to sleep. 5 mins here, to read a book. 10 min there, engaging in imaginative play. Not trying to pit a clean house against interaction with kids– sometimes both are possible, tho often they do seem in opposition to one another . Just remember, whatever projects are pulling at your time and attention today, don't forget to make time for the people around you. These are the memories that will last forever.

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Jessa’s embrace of a clutter-free closet came after a long struggle with mounds of laundry. 

“I used to be the kind of mom who would wash the laundry, get it all clean, and throw it in a pile … I would do laundry maybe once a week, so that clean laundry would pile up,” she said. When she finally got around to dealing with the mess, it could take her as long as an hour to put away all the clothes. 

But after getting rid of all but the essentials, Jessa says her whole approach to doing laundry has changed. She washes clothes several times a week and spends just a couple of minutes putting it away as soon as it comes out of the dryer. 

“We don’t have to have as many clothes in our closet,” she added. “Which is awesome.” Each member of the family now has about 10 outfits.

Her minimalist approach has also helped with budgeting

Getting rid of some of her family’s excess clothing hasn’t just helped with keeping her home organized, Jessa said. It’s also helped with budgeting. She knows exactly what clothing her kids needs, so she’s not tempted to overbuy. 

When her oldest son Spurgeon grows out of his clothing, items get passed down to Henry. Once Henry is done with them, Jessa hands them off to her siblings for their kids to wear. Her daughter Ivy has received a lot of hand-me-downs from Jinger Duggar’s daughter Felicity. Sounds pretty smart.