It's closet organizing time and you are either SUPER EXCITED like I get or dreading the heck out of it.
Either side of the fence you are on, here is one of the best things about organizing a closet...it really doesn't take that long! Closets never take as long as you think.
Do a small amount of planning and prepping so you can sail right along.
Here is how to get started:
Before you pull one thing out of the closet, decide what is your goal for the space.
It may sound silly but just stop and think of it for a moment.
If your goal is to have more room because you cannot fit one more thing in, then you know you will need to purge a certain percentage.
If you want to find things easier, then your goal is to make a new and simplified system. For example, put outfits together so you can grab the hanger and go.
What do you want your outcome to be before you start? Know the answer to this and even write it down to remind yourself.
Here are a few things to have ready prior to starting:
Have an area ready to sort- you will have 4 piles:
- donations- decide where these will go
- trash- if it is bad enough to not keep
- out of season pile- even if these are going back into the same closet; they most likely will be separate from the in-season clothes
Have a box or bag for the donate and trash piles. Label them which will make the process go faster
1. Pull one thing out at a time
This is a quick sort. It does not matter what you pull out first because everything is going to come out. Your goal for this step is to get everything out while making decisions as quickly as possible.
- If you love it... keep it
- If it fits... keep it
- If you would buy it again.. keep it.
Don't take too much time on the decision, it shouldn't take that long.
If it is questionable and you have to think about it... there is your answer. Most of the time if you need to stop and think, it is a no.
Download a free printable to help you decide what to keep and what to let go of
When you are placing items in your keep pile, sort like with like. (Pants with pants, shirts with shirts, belts with belts and so forth.)
When everything is out of your closet, this is when you look at your sorted piles and see if you are reaching your goal.
If your goal was to have 50% purged and you have 2 shirts in your outgoing pile, you need to go back through your keep pile and get a little tough with your questions for each.
2. Assign every "keep" a home
Begin to put your keep pile items back in. Decide where you will store your off-season clothes, either in this closet or elsewhere.
Grouping your items by season, color, or function is strictly up to your preference and what works best for you. It is your system so it needs to mirror your lifestyle. The key is to make it easy to find and work for you.
3. Assess the Progress
Did you achieve your goal? Is your closet better now prior to starting? Does it function well for you?
If you need more or creative space... look up! Is there empty wall space? Going vertical can do wonders for adding unused space.
If you need some ideas, you can look here on my Pinterest board.
I would love to hear your progress, share your success with me!