At least once every three to six months I try to clean out my closet, determine what items to keep and what to get rid of. Sometimes I get to the point where my closet is in total disarray that I have to stop everything I’m doing and clean it all out. Especially when you get to that point when you walk into your closet, you seem to have no clothes and the ones you do have, you can’t find them. Or maybe it’s just me who loses clothes ha! Last weekend it was my goal to get my closet back!
Now, my closet is my own. I do not share this space except the hamper. I kicked my husband out of the closet last year, because well we had the space and let’s face it, I’d rather have that dream closet to myself haha. I would say my closet is far from the luxury closets you see in homes today but I’ll take it. Our previous house had the small closets and we had to share that!
I’ll share some of my tips for purging and organizing clothes. I do this with everyone’s closet, minus some steps for my husband ha!
The Pile System – Trash/Rag, Sell or Donate…
First things first, determine where your piles are. This may seem pretty obvious but have your designated spots determined. You can get a box or bag out and label it. I usually just toss the items on the floor in the designated spot then clean up after. Last thing I want to do is mess with a trash bag one item at a time.
these are items that may have holes or not donate worthy however you an make some great rags
if you think you can get $10 or more, then sell that baby! List on Facebook, Poshmark or eBay!
if you are not into selling or it’s not worth much, then donate it!
Look at every item and make a decision to keep, donate or sell…
You do not need to take everything out because that will take too long and creates a bigger mess. I do however, look at each item and spend a minute and ask these questions:
when was the last time I wore it…
- if it’s recent – do I still like it (keep) or am I over it (donate/sell)
- if it’s been longer than 6 months is it because I couldn’t find it or forgot about it
when will I wear it again…
- if it’s something I haven’t worn for a long time and can’t picture when I would wear it next I put it the git rid of pile
- if it’s something more trendy that I think I’ll wear again at some point in my life, I put it in the git ride of pile. Most likely, if that style returns, I’ll just buy it again. I don’t keep anything in my closet that I won’t wear in the recent months with the exception of staple items (next item)
- if it’s something I think I’ll wear in the next 3 months, I’ll keep until next time 😉
staple vs everything else…
This is where it gets tricky. For example, I have some dressy button downs and blazers that I wear maybe once every three months since this isn’t my normal wear. However, these are classic pieces that I do need when I meet with clients.
Now work pants/skirts/dresses, I do keep one and that’s it. I also keep it if I can wear it with causal items ie, jeans or a tshirt. I did get rid of my dress pants as I can repurpose some of my dresses into more formal work wear. Worst case, I can run to Target or Amazon to grab some dress pants.
- staple item – generally more expensive item, something that can be worn with anything and everything, good quality, in style for years. Items include: classic button downs (white, blue, black), basic blazer (no purples, pinks or other bright colors), little black dress
- everything else – trendy items, cheap quality that may or may not be at end of life
How I organize the closets…
I keep our closets pretty organized. It’s like the make your bed in the morning so you set your day on a good foot, well same applies for your closet. If you walk into your closet and it’s a mess, your brain can’t make a quick decision and you get frustrated. Plus in the morning, you’re not always prepared to make decisions and sometimes in a rush. Most of the time, you have an idea of what you want to wear, it’s more of finding the items to pull that great look together!
I have three sections of clothes. Tops, bottoms and dresses/jumpsuits. Each of those I group the colors together in rainbow order. Remember the old ROYGBIV 🙂 You can take it to the next level for your tops and start with sleeveless, short sleeve, quarter length, long, etc. At least grouping them in the sections and in colors, really helps.
I try to use some closet organizers in each of the closets in the house. I also want to make things as simple as possible as I pretty much manage everyone’s closet in the house.
For the items I don’t hang, those are stored in drawers. I have a different system for drawers that I’ll share another day 🙂