Have you ever looked in your closet and immediately become overwhelmed with the amount of stuff inside? **Raises hand** You are not alone my friend. Whenever I tend to get stressed and overwhelmed I also tend to want to clean and de-clutter. As I have grown older, something that I am constantly reminded of is that:
Life is less and less about the amount of stuff that you have and more and more about people. The people in your family, the people in your circles, and the people in your communities.
With that being said, I don’t want to have to bother with maintaining stuff and have found a few methods that have worked for me when it comes to keeping things organized, particularly my closet. I hope that these tips can help you as well.
Take EVERYTHING out of your closet. Start with a clean slate, basically. Look at each item that you own. Once everything has been taken out, ask yourself these questions regarding each item:
- When was the last time I wore this?
- Where will I wear this and when?
- Does it fit?
- Do I have emotional or sentimental attachment to this item?
- Did I ask myself all of these questions about the same item last time I cleaned out the closet?
If you can’t give definitive answers to these questions, you could probably part with that item.
Once you have determined what to not keep, divide the items into two piles. One to take to a consignment shop or a cash-for-clothes shop. The other pile to donate. Cash-for-clothes stores that I like to use are Plato’s Closet and Daisy Exchange.
Finally, when you begin to put hanging items back into your closet, place the hangers around the back of the closet rod instead of the normal method of hanging over the front. When you wear a piece of clothing, wash it, and put it away, hang it in the front and not through the back. By doing this, after a period of time you’ll be able to see specific items that you do not wear, which will help with future closet cleaning.
Love from, Amy.