Cleaning one’s closet can be a daunting task. Not only is it full of years worth of memories and good times but it also uncovers tons of questionable items and bad judgments. Unlike most people I find cleaning closets an invigorating task. I clean mine out twice a year – once in the fall (to put away my spring/summer clothes) and once in the spring (to put away my fall/winter clothes).
I’ve helped a few friends clean out their closets and have put together what I call Closet Therapy. The first step is always the most challenging – learning to let it go.
We form attachments to certain things but sometimes you have to learn that it really is time to let it go because 1. You are never going to wear it (for whatever reason) and 2. It’s ugly.
The second step is knowing when to get rid of something. They always tell you that if you find something that hasn’t been worn in over a year or still has the tags attached to it – throw it away. This is all circumstantial and I don’t quite believe in it. I’ve kept a good amount of things for more than a year that I never took the tag off or wore, but ended up wearing it the next year. I think it’s safe to say that if it’s something you haven’t worn in about two years – then throw it away. Chances are it has probably gone out of style, doesn’t fit or you just don’t like it anymore.
Another rule when throwing something out is to ask yourself Will I ever wear this? and if your answers are:
- I have. – Obviously, but will you wear it again? 98% of the time it’s a no – get rid of it.
- I will when I get skinny. – Don’t be stupid. If you lose weight you’re going to wear cuter clothes – get rid of it.
- Hmmm…this could be cute? – Get rid of it.
- If you ask yourself, What would Jyo do? – get rid of it.
The last step is to gather all your items, put them in bags and donate them to your local Salvation Army or Red Cross. Don’t throw it in the garbage, unless it’s filthy, worn out, or underwear; someone out there will use it, if not, it can be recycled.
I have two closet doors unfortunately, they both open up into the same itty-bitty space. So I’ve gone ahead and added more space by putting in a few simple things.
Since, I don’t have any shelves except for the top shelf I bought two Chrome Shelves – Lowes or Wal-Mart and attached them to the back wall on one side of the closet. This holds my pants, casual shirts and dress pants.
I placed a few Small 6-Qt Shoe Boxes – Wal-Mart $1.00 (individual price) on the top shelf to hold my purses, wristlets and handbags.
On the other side I added a Sterilite 3-Drawer Wide Cart – Wal-Mart $19.97. This holds my shorts and casual skirts, summer/winter items and shoes (top to bottom).
My closet is organized in a way that best suits me – some people can live with their tops being mixed in with their pants or their dresses mixed in with their shorts. I highly recommend that you take the time out to organize everything – put tops with tops, dresses with dresses, blazers with blazers, and so on. This way you actually see everything that is in your closet, nothing gets lost in between and it will make it a whole lot easier to grab a few items to put together.
Just remember the hardest step is learning to let go – after a few clean-outs you’ll get the hang of it. With my two closet doors and two closet clean-outs I like to say that I have two closets – let’s face it – I have one very full closet!
All the pieces that I used to organize and create more space in my closet are from Wal-Mart. You can also check out your local Target and The Container Store for more ideas.