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How many times do you walk into your closet looking for a particular shirt or pair of jeans, only to come out and say “Hey, where’s my….”  Is it because it’s not in the closet, or is it because your closet is too cluttered and you can’t find anything?  If it’s like most people’s closets, it’s because it’s too cluttered!

By taking just a little bit of time to get your closet cleaned out and organized, you’ll be able to save yourself time and money!  How will this save you money?   Because you’ll be able to find those clothes, shoes, ties or scarves you’re looking for instead of giving up and buying new ones!

Why is your closet cluttered?  Probably because you have clothes in there that are either too large or too small and you’re holding on to them “just in case” you might be able to wear them again someday.  Also, take a look at your shoes…seriously, how many of those shoes do you continue to wear?  Chances are, not all of them!  If you have clothes or shoes that are more than 2 years old and you haven’t worn them, you need to get rid of them…they are already out of style!  And if you don’t get rid of them now, you’ll have to keep them another 18 years until they come back in style.  Who’s got that much closet space?

It’s time to get tough!  Let’s get that closet organized and save yourself time, money and headaches!  Here are a few tips to getting it together!

  1. Get several large trash bags or boxes to use for items you are going to donate or throw out
  2. Take everything out of the closet and make piles; shoes, clothes, purses, belts, etc.
  3. Take a serious look at your shoes.  If you honestly haven’t worn them in 2 years and they are in good shape, put them in the donation box.  A great way to store your shoes is either in a clear shoe box, or on a shoe rack; no more lost shoes!
  4. Take a look at each piece of clothing.  Is it in good shape, do you currently wear it.  If you do, place it in the keep pile.  If you run across things you can still wear, but need repairs, put those in a separate pile.
  5. Once you have evaluated every item and placed it in its proper pile, clear the deck…take the donation items and place them in the garage.  Take the items you are throwing out, and put them out for the garbage collection.
  6. Now, take a good look at the things you are keeping.  Hang like items together in the closet making it easy to find things…jeans together, slacks together, shirts, blouses, skirts, etc.
  7. Use good quality hangers designed for specific items of clothing.  The wrong hanger can ruin your clothing. (See previous blog “Just Hanging Around”)
  8. A great way to keep up with your accessories is to use a hanger for ties, belts and scarves, or also store those in clear plastic boxes.
  9. Purses – The 2 year rule applies there too.  If you’re not carrying those purses, get rid of them.  Protect your purses by storing them in cotton storage bags or clear plastic boxes.
  10. Store your off season clothing in another closet, or separate section until needed.

Does your closet look like this?

Wouldn’t it be great if it looked like this? Customize your closet like this one by California Closets.

Once you get your closet organized, the only thing you’ll be looking for is your car keys……


Written by koalatycleaners

May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm