I’m coming clean. This is how my guest bedroom had looked for… awhile now. *Gulp*
I pulled out the tubs of fall/winter clothes before Jenny and I headed to Minneapolis, and never got around to putting anything away since then. The closet was also in sorry shape.
Martha will be ashamed. So will my momma. (Hi, mom.) They both taught me better than this.
But, the piled guest room is no longer full of piles. A few hours and lots of folding and hanging later, it was clean and pretty again.
I actually really enjoy cleaning the closet, but I have to have the time and energy. And, while it’s nothing fancy and I spent $0, I always love seeing other people’s closets so here’s my closet after cleaning.
Work jackets, dresses and skirts
Jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts
Pants, shirts, blouses, (16,243) cardigans, and puffy vests.
- My method for cleaning is to take everything out of the closet and drawers, pile by type of clothing and then put it all away. This takes more time but yields the most organized result. I prefer my clothing organized by type, instead of by color. This is typically how I dress in the morning – I know I’m going to wear a dress or a suit, not purple or black. So consider the way you make a clothing decision and go from there.
- Purge regularly. If you only do this every few years (or less), it will be a bigger job. I try to do it at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. I usually end up with a tub of stuff every time to donate.
- Try everything on. (I used to try literally everything on. Now, I’m honest with myself and only try on items that I know I haven’t worn in the past few months.) If it doesn’t fit/doesn’t look good/isn’t in style, get rid of it. Don’t even consider otherwise. I don’t keep anything that doesn’t fit anymore. I don’t tell myself that if I lose that 10/20/30 pounds, I will be able to wear it. If I lose that, I’ll want to go shopping anyways.
- Allow yourself to keep things that you think you might wear, but only one time. If I do this and then, come the next closet cleaning, know I’ve not worn it, it goes to charity. I have a variety of v-neck 3/4 sleeve tops that would be great for layering under blouses and jackets and I have the same style in 6 colors for this reason. (I have a tendency to buy multiples of the same items.) I told myself I would start wearing them in the spring, and I know I’ve never worn them. They are a little too form-fitting for me. This time around, there are a few suits that I’ve rarely worn but still like and still fit. I’ll give myself a chance with those. Some things are cute, but just not me. Why take up space? I’m just honest with myself about it.
- I allow myself to keep sentimental items, but only within reason. I keep only a few of my favorite sorority t-shirts, high school tennis sweats and other stuff. I don’t keep everything and try to stay practical. I’m likely to keep a sweatshirt from my first job at Farm and Fleet because it’s darn comfortable and perfect for around the house. But, the pants with sorority letters on the behind that never really fit right … goodbye.
- I really like the slimline hangers and am really happy I invested in them. They look neat and really grab the clothing so things don’t fall on the floor. They also fit more items in a smaller space. When cleaning closets, I toss all other icky hangers from stores/dry cleaners/etc.
This BIG tub was full of clothes at the end of the exercise. (I threw an old slipcover in there, too. You can ignore the piles of clean clothes around it. It’s a figment of your imagination. We always put our clothes right away at the Woodwards.)
Ahhh… so much better.
So, what are your tips for organizing closets?