Got the post summer closet blues? How about a fresh start?
Summer is over and I'm kind of sad to see it go. Time to bring back the Fall/Winter wardrobe and put away the summer-time clothes and shoes, which also gives us a good chance to freshen up our look a bit. I love finding some of my favorites again after a season of storing them away. It's like going shopping, as everything seems new again.
Looking for a chance to freshen up and organize your closet? Post summer blues or not, this could be the perfect time to clear out what you don't wear and make room for more of what you love and wear most often.
11 tips for that organized closet you've been dreaming of... I hope you'll stay in touch and comeback here to let us know how it goes, if you take time for this project this season.
1. Set aside time Two to four hours for a small closet; four to six for a walk in. Bring along a friend to help. At the least they can keep you company.
2. Bring supplies You will need a few plastic bins and some large boxes on hand when you begin to sort and store.
3. Invest in suitable hangers Extra large hangers and foam hangers for the items that tend to slip off, sturdy hangers for the heavy coats and pant hangers with clips for the slacks and trousers. The return on investment will be allot less ironing in the future.
4. Make a plan Decide ahead of time what you will use the closet for. Clothes and shoes, laundry, etc. Anything you plan on keeping yet not putting back should have a home to go to.
5. Set the stage Create a place for five piles; trash, donate, storage, things to repair and the keepers.
6. Dig right in Take everything out and sort as you go. Trash or giveaway shoes you haven't worn in over a year, box and label special occasion footwear, box up seasonal clothes you won't need for the next three to six months and go through your clothes and ask yourself objective questions to help make those tough decisions.
7. Be brave and bold This is the tough part, so here are some questions to help you narrow things down:
Does this fit me? If the answer is no, it goes. Thoughts of 'maybe someday' may come up, but remember that you are making room for the person you are today.
Do I actually wear it? If you haven't worn it in the last year put it in the donate pile. If this was something you loved and looked good on you it wouldn't be left unused.
Do I love it, or even like it? If it has seen better days or after trying it on again you really just don't like it anymore, out it goes. A friend can come in handy here to help give you some feedback. Bring along someone you think has good fashion sense and will be kind but honest with you.
8. Put everything back Organize your clothes by groups such as; casual, special occasion, sportswear, career wear,etc. You can group by tops, bottoms, colour, etc. You are the best person to know what groups make sense for you, yet do consider efficiency when choosing homes for the long-hang vs. short-hang items, as this will effect how much space you can squeeze out of your closet.
9. Clear the area Dump the trash, distribute the donations. Sort your repairable items and reserve time in your schedule to work on them. Group the items in your storage pile, box them up, label them and put them away.
10.Consider your options if you still need more space,consider solutions such as; over-the-door organizers, wall hooks, under the bed storage, etc.
11. Celebrate Well done! Treat yourself to something you love and share the news.