8 Simple Tips to Tackle Your Closet
by Sherry Kyle
Have you ever looked through your closet only to discover you didn’t have a spare hanger? Many of us ignore the rule to remove one item for every purchase we make. By my bulging space, I had as well. The closet pole was bowing at the weight of my clothes, and my shoes lay haphazard in a mound on the floor. It was a wonder I could find anything. Can you relate?
Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to clean and get organized. Here are eight simple tips to tackle your closet to create a well-organized and calming space. Ready? Let’s Go!
Commit to getting organized. Block out several days on your calendar to clean and get organized. You don’t need to do it all at once if the idea is overwhelming. Instead, plan several weekends if that works better in your schedule.
Assess your closet space. Look at your closet and figure out what is working and what is not. Do you have enough hanging space for clothes? What about shelf space for sweaters? Or a designated place for shoes? Handbags and scarves? What about a spot for belts and other accessories? Write down your closet needs before taking one item out of your closet.
Take inventory. Learning to do a clean-sweep of your closet is all about taking inventory of what you have. Start by removing the clothes you wear on a regular basis and lay them on your bed. Go through each one. Are they flattering? Do any of them look old and worn? Evaluate each item and choose what to keep, what to throw away, and what to give to charity. Even if many of these items go back into your closet, it’s good to take stock of what you wear.
Make tough choices. Next, pull the items out of your closet that you haven’t worn in over a year. Consider why you are holding onto these pieces. Do they hold sentimental value? Are you hoping they will fit one day? Come back in style? Keep an item or two that hold sentimental value, and get rid of the rest. If they are still in style and in good condition, consider donating them to a local charity. Someone would be able to make good use of the clothing that is taking valuable closet space.
Time to get organized. Once you have gone through all your clothing, organize them in an orderly fashion in your closet, such as by color, season, or style.
Don’t forget your shoes. Pull out all your shoes and try them on one pair at a time. Look at them closely and assess each pair. Are they new and in great condition? Are they old and worn? Are they nice, but pinch your toes or slip in the heel? Once you have gone through all your shoes, bag the ones you are either throwing away or giving to charity and put the remaining shoes you are keeping back into your closet. Consider putting your shoes into shoe cubbies to use minimal closet space.
Next, take inventory of your purses, scarves and other miscellaneous items. Go through these items using the keep, throw away and donate piles method. Take stock of items you wear often and those you haven’t worn in awhile. To store the items you are keeping, use clear storage bins or canvas zipped boxes (with places to label). Bag the ones that you are throwing away and donating.
More organizational ideas. To stay organized, make sure you have a designated place for everything. Use over-the-door clear pocket storage organizers for smaller items and to store jewelry, and multi-pronged hangers to store belts. If you own an older home and it lacks closet space, consider purchasing a freestanding piece of furniture, such as an armoire, sectioning off a part of your room to build a closet, or converting a spare bedroom to create the closet of your dreams. Regardless of the size of your storage space, organization is key.
By going through your closet at the beginning of every new season, you will be able to keep your closet under control. Happy cleaning!
Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University and the author of contemporary women’s fiction and historical romance. Sherry also is an award-winning author of books for tweens. She lives in California with her husband and four children. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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