Decluttering the Closet
I have form a group on Facebook called Decluttering for a Cause. It is open to the public and you are welcome to join.
I will be sharing a helpful tip every day in Febuary on simplifying your home. Some of the big posts I will also share on this blog.
Here is one strategy I shared last week…
Is your closet ready to barf? No really…is it so full that you can’t see the floor? Does it cause constant anxiety in the morning?I am guessing you are nodding your head right now. I can’t see you, but I bet you are agreeing with me.
So I think we found a good place to start.
Trust me on this one, it will improve your whole day by beginning with a clean and organized closet.
My closet use to look like it could barf at any moment.
I had so much clothing, I had to pack it into seasonal tubs and spend an entire afternoon at the beginning of the season unpacking and repacking my closet. Even with half of my clothing in storage at all times, I still had to push and pull things out of the way every time I did laundry to get my clean, wrinkle free, clothes into the closet again. It never failed, every time I pulled something out of the overflowing closet it needed to be ironed, again.
I was pretty fed up with my closet not being able to breath and even more so when we moved all of our belongings 3 times in one summer. In other words, I totally understand where you might be coming from right now.
So here is what helped me pare down.
It is the most time efficient decluttering method I have come up with for cleaning out closets and minimizes having to make a bunch of decisions right now.
I put 3 boxes on the floor of my closet marked, Donate-Ask Someone-Keep.
Then I turned all the hangers backwards so they hooked from the back to the front. Then everyday I wore whatever I felt like wearing. During the day I had to decide if I really looooved the outfit I was wearing.
Did it scream, “MAGGIE!!”
Did it fit right? No really, does it fit right, RIGHT now or did it fit right 10 years ago?
Does it fit my lifestyle right now? …meaning does it work with my current job and how I like to spend my weekends…right now.
I had to decide before lunch and depending upon that decision, I knew if it was going into the Donate or Keep box when I took it off in the evening. I left the Ask Someone box for clothing I wanted to give away but knew someone specific who might like it.
In the beginning I tried to sell clothing at an consignment shop and did make a little money, but honestly it was not worth my time and energy.
Once each box was full I washed them in their own load and either took them directly to Goodwill, photographed them and sent it to the person I thought might want it, or in the case of the keepers, I hung them in my closet. The clean keepers were hung back up facing the right way. I forced myself not to wear anything turned around the correct way until everything else in the closet was worn once.
By the last few days of the month, I just took everything that was on a hanger still turned around and put it in the Donate box. I was really dying to re wear some of my favorites by then.
So let us start with the closet today.
Happy February Folks! It’s going to be a lovely one!!