I can only dream of having one of those closets like Carrie from Sex in the City has that could be a room all on its own. I currently share a walk-in closet with my hubby and have completely full a closet of clothes in one of our two guest rooms.
I won't lie, I sometimes go to my closet (especially in the guest room) and think, wow, I totally forgot about this piece!
My goal over the next few weeks is to have a come to Jesus meeting with much of my wardrobe and if it is not something I'm totally in love with, it's being donated. I can't completely say I'm doing this because I want to clear out some space, but if I do want to start to change up my wardrobe, some of those less worn pieces have to go.
I have pieces from college (Maybe even high school. . .) that are tucked in the back of my closet. Not because I wear them all the time (Hello, they are in the back of the closet.), but because I think, "Oh that might be nice to wear for _____." Being honest with myself, I realize that when _____ usually comes I have found something else to wear.
Seeing that I obviously have trouble parting with my clothes unless I am truly just over them, here are a few tips I found to make the choices a little easier.
You need a clear, clean space to plan and visualize how you're going re-organize your closet. Take everything out of your closet including:
- Accessories (i.e. shoes, handbags, scarves, etc.); and,
- Closet organizers such as shelf dividers, trays, baskets, bins and hangers.
- Dust the shelving and hanging rods.
- Run the vacuum or Swiffer the floor.
- Wipe down any baskets or bins that could be collecting dirt and dust.
Closets are finite spaces so choose wisely when giving up valuable real estate and be prepared to separate your clothes into distinct piles:
- Do you love it?
- Do you wear it?
- Does it project the image you want to project? (I love this question via organizing guru Julie Morgenstern)
Rule of Thumb: The more often you work on closet maintenance, the less time it will take. Go through your closet and complete a quick makeover (or make-under) once a month, and tackle the full re-organization process twice a year. You can also follow one of these schedules:
- By Season: 4 times in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer or 2 times in the Fall and Spring.
- By Date: Choose an important date like your birthday or New Years and make a habit of re-organizing at that time each year.
- By Event: The next time you can't find an important piece of clothing, that's a good sign you need to re-org your closet.