Friday, March 6, 2009

clean out your closet

Did you know that the third week of March is recognized as “Clean out your closet week?” Yes, there is actually a week of the year for this! Maybe it’s because so many people have the desire to get their closets organized but just can’t seem to get motivated. I’m sure none of you can relate!

So, in an effort to inspire, inform and motivate you, here are 10 SIMPLE tips to get your closets organized. No matter if your closet is a large walk-in or a too-small reach-in, there is always something you can do to improve the organization and function of your closets.

There is one catch though…you have to get started! I specifically planned to send this out on Friday so you have the entire weekend to get started on a closet organizing project!

1. Take everything out of your closet…yes, everything! It may be a little more work up front but it is so much easier to organize when you can see what you have. You will most likely be shocked at how many clothes you actually have!

2. Sort the contents into piles. Start with broad categories at first so you can how many clothes you have for any one category. Some categories may be: work, casual, dressy, sporty and around the house.

3. Identify what to keep: try on everything and keep only the clothes that fit you NOW and make you feel good! If it doesn’t fit or you don’t feel excellent in it – get rid of it!

4. Hang your clothes by type, function or color. For example, hang all of you short sleeve shirts together, hand all your work clothes together, or hand all the red clothes together. It makes it so much easier to put an outfit together when you are able to quickly and easily see what you have.

5. Use quality hangers such as wood or the slim velvet covered. Nothing will deform nice clothes quicker than and ugly wire hanger.

6. For your sweaters that sit folded on shelves, make sure you cover wire shelves with a liner. It can be very frustrating to put on your favorite sweater, look in the mirror and see wire shelf creases throughout.

7. Protect your shoes on a shoe rack or shoe shelves. Do not leave them strewn on the floor where they can be easily stepped on.

8. If you have a small closet, take advantage of the space on the back of the door. There are a lot of “over the door” organizers that can help you to maximize your space.

9. Hang accessories such as belts, scarves and ties so that you can easily see all that you have available.

10. Keep a hampers near by for clothes that need laundering or dry cleaning. It’s also a good idea to keep an empty bag in every closet for clothes that need to be donated.

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