Clothing seems to find its way into closets and refuse to leave, despite how many new pieces find its way there as well. It’s almost as if it multiplies. Some pieces hide for years at a time. Others make an appearance every 5 years or so. Then there are the pieces that have not been worn since, say, High School. These are the pieces that many of my clients cannot part with- parachute pants for instance.
But, let’s say that you are finally ready to organize your closet. You are ready to part with some of the things that you have been holding on to. You are also excited to find a new wardrobe (this happens often when I do closets- people find clothes they forgot they had).
Where to begin?
First- DE-CLUTTER. Take everything out that you know you can get rid of.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do I wear it? Have I worn it in the past year? two years? – if not, consider saying ‘bye-bye’.
2. Do I plan on wearing it? If yes, when? Mark your calendar if you are serious.
3. Do I love it? If you don’t, but it was a gift, I give you permission to ‘let it go’
4. Do I feel good in it? If not, someone else may- so get rid of it
5. Does it fit me? (Now). Keeping around clothing that doesn’t fit is a constant reminder that you don’t fit into it, and promotes negative self perception.
6. Is it a good color and style for me?
7. Did I wear this when George Michael or Cyndi Lauper did?
8. Am I hanging on to it for ‘when I fit into it?’, or ‘in case’ it comes back in? Unless it’s a classic vintage piece, you may want to consider getting rid of it.
9. Is it stained, worn, ‘pilly’, stretched, torn? – If so, part with it.
10. Did it cost you a lot of money, but you never liked it that much? If so, pass it on to someone who appreciates nice clothing.
The idea is to purge your closet of ‘stuff’ that you really don’t need or wear, and donate it to someone who can really use it (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Shelters, etc). The goal is to make more space so we can later organize what you have left that you truly love. Stay tuned.
* If you have a knack for organizing closets- maybe you do it for your friends? Have you ever thought about a career as a Professional Organizer? If so, find out more at: