Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Organize Your Closet for Spring


Hopefully by this week warm weather will come and stay and it will be safe to swap out winter clothes for summer clothes in our closets. If you are lucky, you may have a second closet in a guest room to use for the swap. If you are in a smaller home or your closets are already fully used, then reposition your seasonal clothes so the current season is easy to access.

As you move your winter items, look carefully at each piece. Is it clean? Is it in good repair? Does it still fit? Do you feel good when you wear it? In fact, did you even wear it last season?

If it is clean and in good repair but no longer fits or you no longer love it, donate it to a charity. If it is torn or stained, throw it away. If it needs a good cleaning or some repair and you still love it, take care of it now before you put it away for the season.

Now, pull out your summer clothes and hang them in the closet. Again, give them a good look over. Is there a spot that won't come out? Is it dated? Was it a bad purchase that you spent a lot of money on but hate to wear? Toss or give away all those items that you don't love to wear.

Seasons go by and we find that we don't wear certain items. We may not even be aware of it. We may have 5 black tops but in reality only really wear 3 of them. A trick I have learned is to hang your new season clothes in the closet with the hanger facing the wrong way. The first time you wear the item, turn the hanger around so that it is hanging correctly. At the end of the season, really look at the clothes in the closet that still have the hangers facing the wrong way. Ask yourself why you didn't wear those items. It might be that it is a really special occasion outfit and that occasion didn't happen this past season. But it also might be that you have items that you prefer to wear. Let go of all items that you don't need and love. Let the remaining ones have room to breathe. You will find it much easier to assemble your outfits if you don't have to dig through all of those unloved pieces.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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