Get Organized Month: Closet Clean-Up

Yesterday, we posted our Organization Tip #1 for the month to our Facebook page (check it out here). Overflowing or disorganized closets seem to creep into just about every home, dorm, and apartment out there. The best way to tackle a “bursting-at-the-seams” closet? Shave down your wardrobe!

Let’s all be honest here – filtering our wardrobes is usually way more difficult than it should be. After all, it’s just clothes (it’s not like you’re giving away a puppy or anything…). So why is it that the moment we decide to give away some items, we suddenly become very attached to clothes we haven’t worn in years?

In honor of Get Organized Month, we’re bringing you some of the best tips, tricks, hacks, and rules…whatever it takes to help you Get Organized! Let’s get started on that closet. Check out our tips for minimizing your clothing inventory and be sure to comment with any of your own!

Tip One: Follow the “One-Year Rule”. If you haven’t worn something in more than a year, what makes you think you will in the future? Put all “one-year-rule” items in the Discard Pile – no excuses!

Tip Two: Be honest about what fits and what doesn’t. If something is too big, there is no reason to keep it. And as tempting as it might be to keep smaller clothes as “inspiration” to get in shape, get rid of them anyway. Treat yourself to new clothes when you’re in shape instead.

Tip Three: Beware of too many “extras”. It’s nice to have a bunch of tees or sweatpants to throw on before you go to sleep or hit the gym. However, these types of items are easy to hoard, so determine how many is too many. There is no reason to have 25 old tees taking up space in your closet.

*If you just can’t part with some of your tees, make them into pillows instead! We’ve got a simple DIY here.

Tip Four: Relocate what you can. This applies to all “seasonal” items – think heavy sweaters, shorts, sandals, etc. I can’t think of why you might need a pair of strappy sandals in the winter, so why let them take over precious real estate in your closet? Move these items somewhere you don’t need immediate access to: a bin in the attic, a box under your bed, etc. Rotate them as the seasons change.

Tip Five: Understand your closet is a “work in progress”. Work through it in sections: tackle your tees one day, your jeans the next, etc. You’ll get through it!

Now that you’ve got a pile of clothes, decide what you’re going to do with them! Don’t throw away any clothing unless it’s in really poor condition (or if there is another good reason not to give it to someone else). You might not wear something, but someone else might! Donating is the best option. Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a local secondhand store are all great choices. Some recycling centers also have a clothing drop. Research your area and find out what your options are.

Don’t forget to head to our Facebook page to enter the “Get Organized Month” Sweepstakes! The winner will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, so don’t miss your chance. All you need to do is fill out the form and share YOUR best organization tip here.

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