The Cluttered Closet
Do you have a cluttered closet? If you do, you're not alone. There's something magical about closet doors - they hide things so well. It's easy to just throw something in the closet to get it out of the way. There's also a good chance that you practice what some people call retail therapy. Retail therapy is buying clothing or other items you don't really need, just to make you feel a little better. It isn't long before you have a closet cluttered with clothes you never even wear.
It isn't likely your neighbors will be snooping into your closets. But you probably go into your closet everyday. A cluttered closet creates unnecessary stress. Digging even deeper, a cluttered closet is bad Feng Shui and disrupts your chi - the energy force that runs through your body. To read more on this - click here.
The first rule of decluttering is getting rid of things you don't use. When it comes to clothing, we often have an emotional attachment to an item. It's tough to throw out the dress you wore on your honeymoon, or your favorite blouse - even though it has that little stain on the sleeve. That's why we recommend bringing in a friend to assist - someone who can view your clothing objectively. If you haven't worn an item in six months to a year and you live in a "one season" climate like Florida or Coastal Alabama, it is time to let it go.
Organize your clothing in three piles. Keep. Throw Away. Donate. If an item is torn or badly stained, it isn't appropriate to donate and should be discarded. If an item no longer fits you - too big or too small, donate it. And lastly, if it is an item that is a regular feature in your wardrobe, keep it.
After you've decided what items you're keeping, the next step is re-hanging them. If your budget permits, consider buying velvet covered hangars of the same color. Velvet hangars help clothes stay on the hangar. Having hangars of a uniform color and style is more calming than a mixed mess.
Organizing by Color and Length
Organize your clothing by color. It is not only visually appealing but it makes coordinating outfits much easier. The second step is to organize by clothing length and type. Pants should be with other pants, skirts with out skirts, etc., as well as long dresses with long dresses, and short skirts with short skirts. Note: although this blog is geared to women's clothing, the same rules apply for men. When you organize your clothing in this fashion, you are more able to find what you're looking for and the space is more visually appealing.
Purses, belts and shoes
Hanging storage units, boxes and bins come in handy when it comes to sorting and organizing smaller objects. Following rules of uniformity as was suggested with hangars, applies to your storage bins too. Furthermore, stuff purses and boots to help them maintain shape.
Work in timed increments
Experts in decluttering recommend working on your closet in timed increments. Set a timer for 20 minutes so you don't feel overwhelmed. Decluttering doesn't happen quickly. Just get started in 20 minutes at a time. Even if it takes you a week to get the job done, setting the timer prevents you from thinking, "I just don't have time to do this right now."
More from the Pros
For more tips on organizing your closet, and your entire home, we recommend The Home Edit.
Visit their website, follow them on Instagram or watch their show on Netflix. These ladies make organizing fun.
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