The New Year is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and get yourself organized for a fresh start. What better way than to do a good closet cleanse and organization session?
- See what’s actually in there. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn an item in the last 12 months, toss it. Saving items you might wear someday isn’t worth the space, and there is a good chance you won’t ever wear it. A easy way to find those items you never wear is to flip all of your hangers around at the start of the year. When you wear an item, you can put it back with the hanger the right way. At the end of the year, consider getting rid of everything that still has the hanger backwards. If you are unsure about an item put it to the side and think about it for a day before tossing it.
- Sell or donate your unwanted items. When liquidating your closet make three piles: toss, donate, and sell. If it is in a little less than ideal condition it’s better to just get rid of it than donate it. These days, there are so many online resale options for gently used clothing you can stand to make some pretty good cash from your unwanted items. Some of the more popular sites and apps include Tradesy (they even send you a bag for shipping), Poshmark, and good old Ebay. Or, if you don’t want to deal with any of it, just put all in a bag and send it off to Thredup, who will then take care of listing items that they can sell, and donating items that they cannot.
- Store out-of-season items. To free up some closet space, neatly tuck away those summer shorts and tanks. Store totes under your bed or higher up in your closet where it’s out of the way. When it warms up and you need to store your winter sweaters, vacuum sealed storage bags are a major space saver.
- Start a wish list. Take a mental note or write down what you have and what you need. Then, next time you go shopping you (hopefully) won’t buy your 20th pair of jeans when you are in desperate need of a pair of black slacks for work.
- Invest in quality hangers. Whatever kind of hangers you choose, you owe it to your clothes to invest in quality hangers. It will help your clothes keep their shape and will result in a more cohesive closet. Black velvet hangers are always a great go-to option that won’t let your clothing slip off and their slim design will make a noticeable difference in your closet space.
- Add lighting to your closet. Easily find hidden gems in the back of your closet by adding some lighting. If you don’t have room for a whole lighting system, an easy battery powered push on/off light will do just the trick. It will help you wear everything in your closet more instead of the few pieces hanging in the front.
- Put like items together. This can be the biggest undertaking, but can also be the most rewarding. Start by putting like items together by creating a shirts section, dress pants section, skirts sections etc. From here you can go as detailed as you want by next organizing by sleeve length and even color. No more digging through racks of clothing because you will know exactly where that 3/4 sleeve beige top is next time you need it.