Even though I have a walk-in closet for my clothes, I find that I still have to keep a pretty tight reign on the clothing inventory just because the space isn’t configured all that well. It’s mostly floor space, which doesn’t help much when it comes to hanging up clothes! So I regularly(probably twice a season) go through my clothes and get rid of a bunch.
That’s what you’re going to be doing today! Fun, huh? I’m sure you store a lot of things besides hanging clothes in your closet (shoes, for example), but for today, we’re focusing specifically on the hanging clothes. You can tackle the shoes another day.
Open up your closet doors, then set your timer for 10 minutes, and…
Start on one end of the rack and work your way toward the other end, removing any of the following:
Clothes that no longer fit (if you must keep clothes you’re going to wear when you lose weight, pick one or two of your absolute favorites and put them in a prominent place as motivation).
Clothes that make you uncomfortable when you wear them (maybe an awkward fit, missing or broken fasteners, or perhaps itchy fabric).
Clothes that just don’t look good on you (wrong color, wrong shape).
Clothes you haven’t worn in a year.
Clothes that need mending or cleaning.
Do hang onto special-occasion clothes that you wear once a year or so, with the exception of bridesmaid’s dresses. You’ll never wear those again.
Spend some time re-organizing and straightening the clothes remaining in the closet. Button up buttons and zipper up zippers, face all the hangers in the same direction, and group by type and color (black skirts, brown skirts, white shirts, blue shirts, etc.). Beautiful!
Now, sort through the pile of clothes you discarded and determine what can be donated, what can be recycled or upcycled, what can be cleaned or mended, and what should just be trashed. Place them in the appropriate place where they can be tended to, and you’re done with the closet!
Ready for more? Read on!
You know what/s funny? When I organized my clothes in preparation for this challenge, they were already lined up by color even though I hadn't been doing that intentionally. I only had to move two skirts in order to get them all lined up in the order you see here!
If you’re like me, you don’t really like to button up your clothes when hanging them (I know, I know, you’re supposed to, but really? That takes way too much time.) Instead, I think I want to try this no-slip hanger trick that will take 30 seconds and cost next to nothing.
If you, like me, don’t have a closet system (by which I mean a manufactured and installed shelving unit), you can create a makeshift one with different individual elements like the cheap press-board shelves at Target, and matching baskets and bins.
If you have a lot of short items (blouses and short skirts) in your closet, one of these double hanging rods is pretty much the perfect solution: inexpensive and simple to install.