Is your closet stuffed full of clothes but you struggle to put outfits together? It sounds like it is time to minimize your wardrobe and organize your closet. The 5 Rules to a Clutter Free Home apply to all simplifying projects including closet organization but this list is more specific for cleaning out your closet. 6 questions make closet purging EASY!
Ask yourself the questions and you are on your way to an organized closet!
When I organize a closet I take everything off the shelves, out of the drawers and off the rods. Once everything is out, wipe the shelves and run the vacuum while the space is empty. Now that the space is clean it is time to purge. If you struggle to decide if a piece of clothing should stay or go you need to pick up the individual item and ask yourself the following questions.
6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Purging Your Closet
Does it still fit? Is it free from stains and in working order?
Condition – Is it in good condition?
Style – Is it still in style, would I buy it again today?
Is it MY style?
Do I feel good when I wear it?
Have I worn it in the last year?
The questions are straightforward, if the answer was NO to any of the questions (unless it’s your wedding dress!), the item in your hand goes into the toss or donate pile.
That’s right, when you answer “NO” it’s time to say goodbye to that piece of clothing.
If you answer yes to all the questions then back in the closet it goes. Once you know the items you are keeping selected sort them into like (example – short sleeve, long sleeve, tank, dress, skirt) piles. Purchase new hangers, baskets and/or bins as needed for more efficient organizing. Matching hangers are a game changer in the look and function of an organized closet.
Return sorted clothing and accessories to the closet in an orderly fashion. Items should be grouped with like items and with similar colors when possible. Shoes, clothing and accessories are all organized in this order.
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Lauren is a professional home organizer and owner of Intentional Edit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intentional Edit is an organizing service and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels pretty has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos, is her priority. While design trends come and go, organization is always in style!
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