Cleaning Out your Closet: How to Stay Organized

If you stay organized while cleaning out your closet, you won’t have to waste time and feel overwhelmed by the process.

Before you start taking everything out of your closet, you might want to invest in some sort of closet organizer(s) to better separate and organize all your clothing, shoes, belts, etc. You don’t have to invest thousands of dollars for a professional closet system, you can buy inexpensive closet organizers or shelving from your local Wal-mart, Target, Home Depot or Amazon.com. (it is best to decide this “before” you start your closet organization process).

Another nice touch is wood hangers – I recently bought wood hangers at Costco and was surprised at how much better and more professional my closet looked just by using wood hangers instead of the plastic ones.

Cleaning out your Closet:
The best tip I can give you is when taking items out of your closet, resist the urge to just throw everything in one pile.

Because I like to keep my clothes organized according to when and where I am going to wear them, I like to separate all the items (as I am taking them out of the closet) into categories with a system that I refer to as my “what, when, where theory:”

  • What season you are going to wear the item in
  • When are you going to wear it (i.e. to work, on the weekend, in the evening or special occasion, etc.)
  • Where do you wear it – i.e. top (blouses, shirts, sweaters), bottom (skirts, pants, etc), both (dresses and suits)

You can also separate your shoes, belts, scarves, etc, into similar categories.

By placing everything into categories, you will stay organized throughout the process – and it will make it easier and save a lot of time when you are putting everything back in your closet.

Putting Everything Back in your Closet:
When putting all the clothes back in your closet, try to keep everything organized by placing them in your closet according to category (i.e. work, casual, evening, etc). I also like to organize my clothing by color and pattern, kind of like they do in the department stores. It may seem a little neurotic, but it makes it much easier for me to pick out something to wear when I am in a hurry.

Out of Season Clothing
So that your closet doesn’t get overcrowded, store all the clothes that you aren’t going to wear this season in a box. Be sure to mark the box with the name of the season so that you can easily locate it (you don’t want to get it mixed up with other boxes and accidentally throw it away).

Organizing your Shoes
Instead of having all your shoes scattered in the bottom of your closet, you can buy a shoe tree or shoe rack to place all the shoes you are planning to wear this season.

To store shoes for next season, you can either take a picture of the shoe and put it on the front of the box or if you don’t want to invest money in printing out all the pictures, just write a brief description of the shoe and the season you would wear it.

It is a lot of work, but once you get your closet organized you will be surprised at how much time you will save trying to find what to wear.

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