I don’t know about y’all, but my closet needs some serious help! It leaves me feeling like a basketcase every time I try to find something to wear! I complain about it more often than I should, especially because I have not done anything about it!
I am currently reading a book on the Konmari method to purging your house, so I haven’t tackled my closet yet. I am going to be tackling my entire house! I realized, however, that many of my readers may not be ready for that type of commitment. So what better way to get started purging than attacking the closets!
If you’re anything like me, a messy closet can paralyze you. Trying to think of ways to purge and organize simply seems like climbing Mt. Everest. That is where my research comes in to save the day! I have discovered 4 steps to help you purge your closet like a boss! You’re welcome!
- Make piles
Now when I say make piles, I mean make some piles! It’s not going to help if you do not tackle ALL of your clothes. Yes, that’s right. I said ALL of your clothes. You should make 4 piles: Love, Not sure, Donate, and Trash. Every item of clothing will fit in one of these categories.
Now, before we dig deeper, I have to say this: you have to put your hoarding nature on the back burner. We all keep way too many clothes for all of our own reasons, but if you want to truly purge your closet, you CAN NOT hoard. Also, you must try on ALL of your clothes in order for this process to work. No eyeballing here people!
Love pile: This pile is dedicated to the clothes that fit you well and you wear on a regular basis. They bring you joy when you look at them and wear them. These are keepers! Be honest with yourself and don’t make excuses in your head for any items. If there are excuses being made, those clothes go to a different pile.
Not sure pile: There is something about these clothes that makes you want to keep them, but you really don’t know why. This is what I call the excuse pile. I may wear that if xyz. The beauty to this pile is that you will keep them stored for 30 days, and if you haven’t missed them, they are getting donated or tossed out!
Donate pile: Self explanatory. This pile is for outdated clothing items or clothes that don’t fit anymore but are still in good shape. C’mon ladies, we all do it. We hold on to our “skinny” clothes just in case. When in reality, they served their purpose in the past, and they should be let go.
Trash pile: This is for clothing items that you no longer wear, or maybe you do, but are not in good shape. That t shirt that has 35 holes in it? It needs to go. Yes it may be comfortable, but I am a firm believer that the clothes we wear reflects our mind and the way we feel about ourselves. Throw them away; you will feel better!
2. Hanging, Containing, and Folding
Step one is the most grueling process; it may even exhaust you. After it is all completed, you should feel like a champion! You are beating your closet! The second step to purging your closet like a boss is knowing what to do with the leftover clothing. Do you hang everything? Fold most of it?
Hang: Tops (excluding knitwear and t-shirts), any items made of linen, jeans if hanging is your preference, trousers, blazers, ties, dresses, and belts if you prefer.
Fold: Undergarments, socks, knitwear, T-shirts, wool sweaters, and jeans/pants if you prefer.
Once you have figured out what to hang and what to fold, it is time to move on to hanging clothes appropriately in your closet. One recommendation I have is to purchase new hangers and storage bins. Hangers and storage bins that are appealing to the eye, will bring you joy every time you walk into your newly organized closet. My favorite hangers can be found here. These hangers have a 360 swivel hook and are aesthetically pleasing.
I recommend using these storage containers for your shoe collection. Shoes are usually my main problem, and a basic shoe rack does not work for me. The shoes fall off and then I don’t put them back. These containers will save your life.
Also, when it comes to folding items and putting them back in dressers, attack it with a plan! These dresser drawer dividers will prevent you from shoving clothes into drawers like we all love to do! You will be able to see the clothes in the drawers, decreasing your stress level.
3. Organize your closet by color and style
You’ve got the tools you need to successfully organize your closet and dresser drawers. Now it is time to hang your clothes in an orderly fashion. Completing this step will make it visually simple for you to find clothing. You should organize based on color and style. Start with your jeans if you have chosen to hang them. Group dark jeans together as well as light jeans, etc. Think about how you would choose an item: Dark skinnies, dark bootcut, light capris, light skinnies, etc. Hang shirts in the same manner. Color coordinating colors and styles (long sleeve, short sleeve, tanks, etc.) will allow you to quickly find the items you are looking for.
4. Think about purchasing a closet system
You have everything hung neatly in your closet and can visually find any item you are looking for. At this point, you may realize that even further organization will allow you to be even more successful. This is where a closet system comes into play. Closet systems are a way to divide your different clothing items, as well as shoe containers, sweater containers, etc. If you feel you need to go the extra mile, I highly recommend purchasing one. I am in love with this closet system if you are on a budget (aren’t we all?!).
Purging your closet can be an intimidating process. Hopefully by following the above steps, you are able to purge your closet like a boss. And when all is said and done, you feel accomplished. Your life will be changed by the new organization, knowing everything has a place!
What do y’all think? Are these steps attainable? Are you ready to purge your closet? Let me know! I would love feedback!
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