Spring Cleaning - Time to Tackle Your Closet
Spring is on itís way and even though it may already be tempting to spend the day outside, take a few hours to clean out your closet. Youíll be glad you did when it is finally time to dig out those t-shirts and shorts.
Before you start:
Start out by sorting everything into three piles.
Make these piles outside of your closet. With the closet empty, take some time to wipe all the shelves off with a rag and some all-purpose cleaner or some soapy water. If you have wooden shelves, use a dusting spray or a barely damp cloth. If youíre not sure what you can use on your shelves, just give it a good dusting.
Take some time to sweep or vacuum the floor as well. Donít forget to wipe the rods and clothes hangers as well.
Take a look at your three piles. If you are anything like me, pile 1 and 2 are probably pretty small and almost everything in your closet ends up in pile 3.
Time to go over the pile again. Here are a few ďrulesĒ to help you figure out whatís worth keeping:
If you havenít worn something in 9-12 months it is probably not worth hanging on to. You may like the looks of a particular sweater, but end up not wearing it because it itches. Or you found a blouse you love, but havenít been able to find anything to go with it. If you donít have a very good reason to keep it, give it away or toss it.
Do you have a pair of pants or a dress that is several sizes to small, but you keep telling yourself that you will fit in it one of these days? I know this is hard, but be honest with yourself. Are you going to lose enough weight in the near future to fit in it? If you think you will, give yourself 6 months to fit into those cloths. Put them in a bag with a dated note. Set yourself an email reminder, or keep a note on your fridge to check back 6 months from now. If the cloths still donít fit, toss them or give them away.
Look over your keeps pile again. Do you notice several similar items? Do you have 6 pairs of black dress slacks, 3 pink sweaters etc? Do you really need 6 pairs of black pants? Pick 2 or 3 of your favorites, or the ones that are in best shape and toss the rest. Do the same with the sweaters. Pick one to keep.
Donít forget to look through your socks and undergarments as well. Get rid of anything you wouldnít want to be seen in. Spend a few dollars on some new items if you donít have much left when you are done.
Now it is time to put your keepers back in the closet. Take a few minutes to figure out what goes where best. Divide your clothes by season and keep them together accordingly. It will make it easy to switch your spring and summer items to the back of the closet in the fall.
A few last tips for those of us tempted to pull stuff back out of the do-not-keep piles. If you are planning on using some items as rags, go ahead and cut them up now. You can keep them in a plastic bag or small cardboard box in your cleaning supply closet.
Thatís it. With a little luck youíll have enough room in your walk in closet to actually walk into it at this point. You may have found clothes you forgot you had and you should have a much better idea of whatís actually in your closet.
Give yourself a pat on the shoulder for a job well done and go enjoy the first spring days outside.
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