Late summer is a great time to clean the closets. You can sort out old winter items, and make room for new things from summer clearance sales! Plus you can make space for fall clothes. Here are some essential tips for organizing a closet that has been stuffed full.
* Take everything out of the closet. Depending on the closet, this can be a very big chore, but it is essential. Remove everything from the closet and assess it carefully. Is it possible to put more shelves in, and is the space being used as well as it should? Many people realize that their closets have unforeseen storage potential that was hiding behind the old clothes.
* Get some garbage bags. If there is a full closet to deal with, it is frequently a good idea to have some garbage bags on hand. Fill these bags with clothes that need to be disposed of and clothes that need to go to a thrift store or second hand store.
* Sort the clothes. Sort the clothes that have been removed from the closet into piles by function. Shirts should go with shirts, socks with socks and so on. Sorting these clothes allows the owner to see what they have and what they might need. Plenty of people realize that while they have just enough tops to get through the week, they have dozens of of skirts. We buy our clothes one at a time, and some discrepancy is bound to creep in.
* Throw out or donate anything that does not fit. Do not save old clothes that no longer fit. It takes a long time to gain or lose weight, and in most cases, it is more efficient to simply buy new clothes rather than allowing old clothes to sit in valuable storage space. Do not hang on to a garment because it may fit again someday. Keep clothes that are still in style or which are great foundation garments.
* Check old clothes for wear. If there is a rip, a stain or a wear spot that cannot be fixed, get rid of the garment. Even donation places do not want things that are damaged in this way.
* Assess each garment for the joy it provides. There are always some clothes around that do not necessarily delight the wearer but which they will wear simply because it fits. If there are many things that do not delight lurking in the closet, now is the time to get rid of them.
* Get some friends to help. Cleaning a closet takes time and effort, and if the job is very large, it can be very daunting. Consider asking a close friend to help cull old clothes out and to check the fit on garments which are more iffy. Having some moral support during this chore can be very helpful.
Consider what kind of benefit a clean and organized closet can be, especially when dealing with the fruits of a spring sale. A little organization early in the spring can prevent a wardrobe explosion later on. Get started on a thorough closet reorganization today!
About the Author: Carleen Coulter