Declutter Your Closet
It’s the begining of the year, the famous quote “new year, new me” can be found plastered all over your facebook, twitter and instagram timelines. If you’re like many other people, you might have a ton of new years resolutions to tackle. Whether you have any resolutions or not, there definitely isn’t anything better than a nice clean space…or closet in this case.
Cleaning and Decluttering is something that plagues peoples minds, no matter the time of year. As lovers of style, it’s understandable that your closet is packed full of amazing gems. If you’re looking for a few tips to get your style addiction under wraps, check out these 7 neat tips to help you in the decluttering process.
Neat Tip #1:Make piles
When cleaning out your closet, start by taking EVERYTHING out and going through items one by one. Sort clothing into piles to help keep the chaos down. Separate clothing into these piles: Keep, Toss, Sell, Donate, Repurpose.
Keep: Anything in this pile can be put back into the closet.
Toss: Garbage is the final destination of these items. They are stained, ripped, etc.
Sell: Lightly worn or never worn items, or items that were really expensive.
Donate: In good condition, but you will never wear them and not worth selling.
Repurpose: These are things that you can turn into something you will actually wear or use.
Neat Tip #2:Easy Hang-ups
The rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn something in 6 months to a year, it’s a pretty good indication that you’ll never wear that garment again. Here are 2 easy tips that will help you decide what should stay and what should go.
1. Put hangers in the closet facing you “backwards” when you wear an item hang it back in the closet with the hanger facing the wall. At the end of the year, take anything that is still hung backwards and get rid of it.
2. Tie a ribbon at one side of your closet, every time you wear something, hand it up on behind the ribbon.
Anything that is still left on the opposite side of the ribbon are items that you can pretty much say goodbye to.
Neat Tip #3:Ask Questions
Getting rid of clothing can definitely be a difficult task, so make sure you ask yourself the right questions and are completely honest with your answers. Questions that only require you to answer with a yes or no are the best.
Here three great questions to ask:
i. Does it fit?
ii. Do I love it?
iii. Does it make me feel good?
If you can’t answer “YES” to all 3 of these questions, it’s probably best not to put that garment in your keep pile.
Neat Tip #4:Sort it out
Once you have decided what will stay in your closet, try to keep items in some kind of organized fashion. Categories like “work, school, and formal” are a good way to keep items separated.
You can also sort by color, or season (summer, winter, fall, and spring). Not only will it help your closet look neat and organized, it will help you find things much easier and quickly.
Neat Tip #5:Organize Accessories
If you keep things like handbags, belts or accessories in your closet; it’s always great to invest in some kind of storage solution. These can be found at many home style or discount stores. If you’re on a budget, there are lots of DIY options available for you to make your own.
Neat Tip #6: Store the Sentimental
Sometimes clothing carries sentimental value, like your prom dress. If you have items like these, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Snap a few pictures to keep for the memories and toss the garment.
Or if you really can’t get the courage to part with it, find a way to store the item outside of your closet.
Neat Tip #7: Make it fun
Organizing your closet doesn’t have to be a bore. Invite a friend or two over and have them help you decide which pieces to keep and which ones to give away. Another way to make things fun is to host a little clothing swap.
Have your friends bring their lightly worn garments to swap out with some of the items you’re getting rid of. Think of it as in home thrifting experience!
And there you have it, 7 neat ways to declutter your closet. Which of these have you tried? Do you have any other cool tips that you think I missed?
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Wishing you all a wonderfully stylish 2016!