Do you need a closet intervention? If you can barely shut the doors and have more shoes than anyone could possibly need, it might be time for a spring clean of your closet. Pull everything out of your closet, place it on the bed, and only put back the items you love and wear frequently. Here’s your checklist for a successful closet clean-out.
Pen and paper
You’ll need to make a couple of lists. First, write down what items you love the most and wear a lot. Divide this list into brands, colors and types of clothes (skirts, pants, button-downs, etc). Then, as you go through your closet, you’ll be able to easily identify items you want to keep. When you remove something to donate or trash, add a possible replacement item to your list; you’ll want to take this list the next time you shop for clothes. For example, if you have identified you wear a lot of black skinny jeans, remove the light jeans that don’t work, and remind yourself that you have room for more dark skinny pants.
Grab a few decorative bins to corral smaller, non-clothing items. Put all your belts in one bin, and scarves in another. Other closet items that might be going rogue on the floor or top shelf include: wallets, hats, gloves, lingerie and slippers.
Once you have decided on the clothes that will be staying, make sure everything is put back on a proper hanger. Weed out all the wire hangers from the dry-cleaner and replace with plastic or wood. Wire hangers can cause creases on sweaters. Make sure all your skirts and pants are stored on a proper clip-style hanger.
Paper shopping bags
Keep a couple of large paper shopping bags handy. In one bag, put unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories that are near-new or designer brands. These can go to a consignment shop; if you can make a little money on your rejects, the you’ll have more room in your closet — and wallet — to buy some new clothes. In the other paper bag, put the clothes that would not sell at a consignment shop and offer them to a friend or family member. This is especially important for kids’ clothes!
For the rest of your unwanted clothes, you’ll need a couple of different garbage bags. One is for clothes you plan on donating to Goodwill, and another for clothes that go into the trash. Chances are you have plenty of stained shirts and socks with holes in the toes – these go into the trash pile, not the donate pile!
You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment with a cleaned-out, organized closet. You’ll have an easier time getting dressed when your closet is full of clothes that fit and items you want to wear! Do a clean-out at least twice a year to reap the full benefits of an organized closet.