Spring is here! Every year I do a little spring cleaning. I get a bunch of my things together that I don’t use/wear any more and I bring them to a local donation store. Today we’re making over your closets!
I use the word “closets” because this tends to be the spot that we not only keep our clothes, shoes and bags, but people tend to store other items in different closets throughout the house as well. If you’re like me, the top shelf of the closet can become a “things I’m not ready to get rid of” shelf. I have found that over the years, if I store something, it goes on the top shelf of a closet. I realized that this wasn’t doing anything other than keeping stuff I didn’t use any more…for no reason. So, along with giving away clothes and shoes every year, I have started going through items on the top shelf of my closets to get down to what I really will find use in some day.
Here are my top 3 tips for making over your closet!
1. Choose a time of year and stick with it!
When the weather turns (whether it be hot or cold), is a good time to get together old items that are no longer of use to you. As an example, I use Spring and Fall/Winter to go through clothes, shoes, and anything else I might need to get rid of. When the seasons change, your wardrobe changes. Right now, we’re getting ready to break out our capris, sandals, and short sleeved shirts. This is a good time to try on some of your clothes and if they don’t fit anymore, put them in a bag. Also take a look at what you didn’t wear last Spring/Summer and put that in a bag as well. I’m sure you’ve all heard the old saying “if you haven’t worn it in a year…get rid of it”! This is so true. There is no point in keeping a piece of clothing another year just because you might wear it again one day. Chances are, you’ll get another “favorite” tank top, and wear that instead. At this time, if you pack up your Winter clothes, you can pick out what you didn’t wear all Winter this year and put that in a bag as well. By the time the cold weather comes back around, you’ll have more room in your closet for the new styles and trends that change almost yearly.
2. Clear out the clutter!
As mentioned above, closets can get packed with things we don’t use. This tends to make them a place of “be careful before you open that, something might come tumbling out”! Take a good look through your closet (or anywhere else you might store things). Decide what you actually will wear or use and keep those. As I mentioned, if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in a year, get rid of it! However, this is not just about old clothes. This can also be about shoes or other items you’ve stored. Shoes can get worn out pretty easily. If you don’t have a supportive shoe, or your heel looks like it might break at any point in time….it’s time to get some new shoes! I cleaned out my closet at the beginning of Fall last year and realized that I still had an old jewelery box from when I was a little kid. There was no point in keeping that, so I added that to my bad of things to give away so someone else could get use out of it. This is an example of a non-clothes related item that you could pack up. Whatever the case may be, clearing out the clutter in your life will help you feel more organized and ready to start a new season!
3. Separate what you choose to give away!
A good tip to cleaning out your closet and giving things away is to separate what you’ve decided to get rid of. You may have more “worn” clothes or items that you no longer have use for. Put these things in a pile together. On that same note, put your less worn things in another pile. Once you have distinguished the “good from the bad” so to say, decide what other people would actually want to wear out of the “bad” pile. Obviously, if a shirt has a big hole in the side, it’s time to toss that sucker out! Once you’ve narrowed down what you are throwing out and what you’re giving away, separate the rest. Keep the good with the good and the more “worn” with the “worn”, but: shoes in the same pile, shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc. Put all the non-clothes items in a pile together as well. This will be much easier for the store you drop these off at. This will also help you decide if you are going to bring any clothes in to a store that buys used clothing from people (in example, Plato’s Closet). I understand getting rid of clothes and shoes can be expensive to replace, but utilize your outlets. You can donate some of your things and also bring some of your less “worn” things to Plato’s Closet, for example, to see if you can get any money for them. Or, you can exchange what you bring in for a new piece of clothing you like.
What ever you choose to do with your used possessions, you really will feel better once you simplify your closet space. Try to do this once or twice a year and you will find that it’s easier than you think!