4 steps to keep your closet FRESH and ORGANIZED
Overflowing closets can cost you a lot of time when you're in a hurry and just can't find that certain look. It's exhausting! I urge you to stop the craziness and start cleaning! I’m definitely not a minimalist but I love being organized.
It only takes one afternoon (or a day if you’re like me) to go from a stuffed closet to an organized one.
I know, parting with that old sweatshirt or those once-perfect jeans that are now unwearable is tough. The reward for decluttering though, is a closet full of items that you actually want to wear. And, you won't have to keep digging through your closet every time you're looking for a great outfit.
Here's how I recently cleaned my closet and you can too!
1. Take inventory
The first step in your closet clean-out is to completely empty it. Remove everything, including clothes, hangers, and shoes -- and plop it on your bed or floor. Don't forget to grab items from shelves, bins, and drawers, too.
You want to start completely fresh like you've never had clothes before and the pile you made is your shopping area.
Pile all your clothes up.
2. Grab some bags
Next, you're going to need to grab some trash bags, a marker and some tape.
Put a strip of tape on the first bag and write on it with the marker "trash."
On the second bag, place a strip of tape on it and label that bag "donate."
If you have a lot of on-trend or designer clothing, consider grabbing a third bag for items you can sell to a consignment store. (I’ll dive more into this on another blog because I’m obsessed)
3. Set rules for what goes back in
OK, now that you have the preparation done, it's time to start being ruthless. I love to do this with a trusted friend if I can …. LOL easier decision making! #accountability
You're going to make four piles: keep, repair, trash, and donate (and/or consignment store).
The trash pile and charity pile are the labeled bags. The keep and repair piles can be on top of your dresser, a chair, or somewhere separate from the rest of the clothes.
Start sorting with these rules in mind:
- If you haven't worn it in a year and there is NO way it is going to happen… it's still in good condition, it goes in the charity bag.
- If it has holes, worn-out elastic, or rips that can't be repaired, throw it in the trash bag.
- If it needs a button or has a hole you or a tailor can easily fix (and you VOW to actually fix it… LOL you know what I mean) put the item in the repair pile.
- If it's not your style, it goes into the charity bag.
- If it's fantastic, you love it and you wear it, put it in the KEEP PILE :)
- If it has stains put it in the repair pile if you’re actually going to try and get the stains out
- If it doesn't fit, donate it.
For the clothing items that you struggle to decide their fate, take a page out of the Konmari method. Ask yourself, does it bring you joy? Do you feel happy with how it fits your body? If the answer is no to both, then toss it.
These rules go for shoes, too. Got holes or extreme wear on the soles? They've got to go. Haven't worn them in a year and you don’t see some big event coming up where they’d be useful? Off to charity. Love 'em and wear them? They're keepers. DUH!!
If your shoes are just a little dirty, clean them! I just did this with a pair of my white Nikes. Good as new!
4. Finish up
Your closet cleaning journey is almost over. Now you just need to put everything from the keep pile back in your closet or on your shelves.
For the rest, you must deal with them right away. Taking action will prevent those items from taking up space and potentially making their way back into your closet….. I cleaned out my closet during the quartine… that is the only exception since I’m waiting for donation centers here in LA to open back up.
Put the trash bag in your bin right away. Drive the charity bag to your local drop-off point right away. No waiting!
Finally, get to work on the items that need to be tailored, repaired, or cleaned.
If you don't have time, take them to the tailor or cleaners right after you drop off the charity bag.
and let me know how it finishes up tag me on IG with your finished product!
Happy Cleansing xoxo