Five easy steps for organizing your closet
This weekend is the ideal time to clean out your closet. Need convincing?We’re all out of stars for your chore chart, but perhaps this will help.
A. You’ll start the New Year more organized.
B. You’ll be able to squeeze in a last-minute tax deduction before the close of the year.
C. Getting ready in the morning will be more fun. You’ll weed out all of the clothes that don’t fit, flatter or that you just flat-out don’t like anymore. That means everything you’re left with we’ll be among your favorites so you can never go wrong with your morning outfit picks. (On this topic, may we give you a recommended reading assignment as well? Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” is just the pep talk we need to tackle organizational tasks).
Here’s a painless how-to-clean-out-your-closet guide. The key to being efficient with this project is to not over-think which clothes you’ll be getting rid of. This is a project best to tackle when all of your laundry is done and put away so you can fully assess you’re closet’s inventory.
Step 1: Set up four piles
1 – For clothes well in tact and can be donated to your local thrift store.
2 – For clothes with stains or missing buttons that should be trashed.
3 – For name-brand, high-end clothes that just don’t fit right and that you want to give to a friend or sell at a consignment shop.
4 – For the fix-me clothes and accessories that have potential but need fixes — like alterations or heel replacements.
Step 2: Take an honest assessment of your closet
Go through each item and ask yourself when was the last time you wore it. If you haven’t worn it for a year, send it to one of your piles. Don’t forget shoes, scarves and purses.
If you really can’t part with it, put a little Post-it page marker from Home Depot on the hanger and give the piece of clothing a shelf life. If you don’t wear it in that set amount of time, it’s just not meant to be.
Also, don’t keep holding on to clothes that are a few sizes too small. Donate them and when you lose the weight, buy new clothes that are more in style.
Step 3: Make sure you have a system that works best for you
You can organize by apparel type — i.e. dresses, blouses, pants, skirts. Another option is to separate clothes by type — work clothes, weekend wear, date outfits.
Bonus tip: Keep one go-to, guaranteed to make you feel good outfit at the front of your closet at all times. This will be a godsend come an extra hectic morning.
Step 4: Box up your piles
Have them ready to go to the local consignment or thrift shops. Make sure you get a donation receipt at the thrift shops so that you can claim it as a deduction.
Step 5: Buy organizing accessories
Once you’ve got everything cleared out, check out stores like The Container Store for shoe boxes and over-the-door hangers to corral your shoes and boxes or hooks to store your purses. A special hanger will stash scarves. They’ll ultimately save space in your closet. One of our favorite systems is the Firenze Closet Collection.
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