10 Steps To A Happy
Clothes Closet by Maria Gracia
The clothes closet is one of the least respected areas in the
house. It's often stuffed from floor to ceiling with clothing,
briefcases, purses and shoes. Valuable clothing rod space has been
taken over by vast armies of mis-matched hangers. Books and
magazines have managed to somehow sprout out of nowhere. Bed linens
are mixed in with towels, umbrellas and shoes. You can barely see
the floor. Before you know it, your closet has become clutter
Here's some friendly advice. Heed the old saying, "Less is
more." You'll save an enormous amount of time, money and stress
by thinning out your huge wardrobe and organizing your closet.
GET THE PROPER SUPPLIES.
Buy a starter set of 30 hangers, or 60 if the closet is shared
by two people. Get the sturdy, plastic ones. They're inexpensive
and can be obtained at a homegoods store. Buy all one color for
uniformity (or if you're sharing closet space with someone, get
one color for yourself, and another color for the person you're
sharing space with.)
While you're at the store, pick up a few sturdy skirt and
pants hangers. Vertical skirt hangers with clips that hold 5 to
6 skirts on one hanger are a great choice. In addition, pick up
an expandable shoe rack and a tie rack if you wear ties.
START WITH A CLEAN SLATE.
Pull out everything (yes, everything) that's currently in your
closet. Keep in mind, as you're doing so, that you probably only
wear 20% of your clothes on a regular basis, 10% of them are for
special occasions, and the other 70% of them are probably never
used at all.
SEPARATE CLOTHES INTO 5 PILES.
Clothes that meet any of the following criteria:
it is outdated
it is ripped
it is stained
it doesn't fit (if you're not sure whether or not it
fits, try it on now)
you think it may come back in fashion someday
you wouldn't dream of ever wearing it again
Wire Hanger Pile (they're weak, they stick up in the air,
and they damage your clothing)
Clothes that need minor repairs such as sewing a hem or
replacing a button. If it's too much of a hassle to repair
it, then don't put it in this pile.
Clothes you love and wear at least once a month AND
clothes you love and wear at least twice a year (special
occasion wardrobe). Your wardrobe should always make you
feel good about yourself. If you don't love it or wear it
often, it doesn't belong in this pile.
Any other items that don't fit into Category A, B, C or D.
CATEGORY A OR B: DUMP IT OR DONATE IT.
Ok, now here's the fun part. Grab a large plastic garbage bag
and dump everything (yes, everything) from your A pile into it.
Bring it to your local charity organization first thing in the
morning or dump it now. If you're still reading this in
disbelief, take a deep breath to get over the initial shock,
then go ahead and toss it or donate it. You'll feel better in
the end. While you're at it, take all those terrible, awful,
lousy wire hangers (Have you gotten the point that I really
don't like wire hangers?!) in your B pile and bring them to your
Dry Cleaner for recycling or dump them immediately. C'mon now.
Are you still considering keeping something in
A or B piles?? Please, dump it. It's clutter. You'll feel better
about it later when your closet is organized, inviting
and free of chaos.
CATEGORY C: REPAIR IT WITHIN 2 WEEKS.
Ok, now that your A and B piles are donated or trashed (I hope),
let's move on to your C pile. This pile should contain those
articles of clothing that need minor repair. Get a basket or
container. Dump this entire pile in it. Now, carry that basket
over to your clothing repair area. Give yourself a 2 week
deadline. If it's not done in two weeks, dump or donate the
entire basket. After all, if it's not important enough for you
to repair, it's clutter. Sound drastic? I wouldn't steer you
wrong. It's very easy for clutter to build up, and I want to
help you eliminate any chance of it happening to you again.
CATEGORY D: ORGANIZE YOUR KEEPERS.
Sort everything in your D pile by category of clothing (blouses,
skirts, pants, suits, etc.) When done sorting, start with one
category. Take one article of clothing at a time, put it on a
hanger (the colorful, sturdy, plastic kind) and hang it in the
closet. (Important Note: If you found something that didn't
belong in the closet in the first place, don't put it there
again.) Do this until you've managed to hang all of your
categories of clothing, making sure that all clothing and
hangers are facing the same direction. (By the way, if you share
your closet with someone, don't mix clothing together. Put each
individual's clothing on either side of the closet.)
CATEGORY E: CATEGORIZE AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING ELSE.
If, due to lack of additional storage space, you have some items
that simply have to be returned to your closet which haven't
been put there already (your E pile), categorize them. Then, get
some inexpensive organizing containers so that each category
remains separated and place the containers on shelves in your
closet. Now is a good time to set up your brand new, sturdy,
expandable shoe rack and neatly place your shoes on it.
Now, you're ready for some finishing touches. If you install a
few hooks on an empty closet wall, you'll be able to hang belts,
umbrellas and handbags. If you're lucky enough to have cubbies
in your closet, purses and hats can be stored there; otherwise,
put them on your closet shelves.
You can even pick up a clear, over-the-door shoe bag for small
accessories such as hosiery, scarves, jewelry and the like.
Don't put shoes in the shoe bag. It may sound funny, but these
bags are too flimsy and awkward for the weight of most shoes,
plus they collect dirt from shoe bottoms.
Don't overstuff. There should be plenty of room in your closet
to get an item in or out. If there's not, consider thinning out
your wardrobe a little more. The goal here is quality, not
quantity. Don't buy another thing to wear without first
determining if you really need it. Some people like to discard
something they're not really happy with anymore, for a new item.
Congratulations! You're done. Don't you feel great?! You deserve
a special reward for your hard work. Treat yourself to dinner,
or a double hot fudge sundae. Go for a massage. Rent and watch a
favorite movie. Be happy. Your closet is!
by Maria Gracia -
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