How to Organize Your Closet
Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 7:00 am
Have you reached the point where you have more clothing than will easily fit in your closet? Now is a good time to clean and organize it.
Tips for Cleaning Your Closet
Take everything out
The first thing to do is to take everything out of the closet. This includes clothing, hangers, shoes, and whatever else you have stored in there. Put all the clothes on your bed. You are going to need to sleep in that bed tonight, and this gives you an intrinsic motivation to finish organizing your closet as quickly as possible.
Clean it up
Before you put anything back into your closet, it is time to clean. Sweep or vacuum the floor. Wipe the dust off the shelves and walls. Cleaning does two things for you. It gives you a fresh place to start with, and it forces you to realize how much (or how little) space is in your closet.
Get some trash bags
Some of the clothing you pulled out of your closet is not going back into it. Use the trash bags as a collection area for the clothes you are going to donate. Promise yourself not to second-guess your decisions. If you put something into the trash bags – it stays there! You are going to have to make decisions that can be difficult if you let nostalgia get in the way.
When did you last wear it?
The answer to that important question can determine whether or not you should keep a particular item of clothing. If you honestly cannot remember how long it has been since you wore something – that’s a sign that you don’t really need it. Donate it so someone else can use it.
The clothes that you wore this week, or last week, can go back into the closet. These items may include your favorite pair of jeans, your best work outfits, and the comfiest pairs of pajamas you own. Keep the things you are still getting a lot of use out of.
Does it still fit?
You know that the clothes that you most frequently wear fit you. What about the ones that you haven’t worn in a really long time? Don’t put them back into your closet until after you try them on. If it is too tight to be comfortable – get rid of it. If it is obviously too big for you – get rid of it.
You might have a situation where the clothing fits – but isn’t something you would want to wear in public. Dresses that you loved as a high schooler or college student might feel too outdated to wear to work today. Don’t keep clothing that you will not actually wear. It just takes up closet space!