Who doesn’t get a little bit jealous when they see those apartment-sized closets featured in any celebrities home, or even more modest ones composed of neat little shelves and drawers at Ikea? It’s true, a closet remodel isn’t in everyone’s budget, but a good closet cleanse certainly is.
By completing these steps, you’ll feel like you have a brand new closet. The best news is, you’ll barely have to spend any money at all.
Closet Cleanse Step 1: Take everything out.
It’s going to make a big mess, but you’ve got to do it. Take everything out of your closet and dresser drawers and just dump it on the floor. It’ll show the harsh reality of just how much stuff you have, but that’s not the only reason to do it. It also helps the process to see everything that you need to categorize and organize.
Closet Cleanse Step 2: Break it up into categories.
Think about how you want to tackle the mountain of clothes and shoes, then divide and conquer. Separate the stuff that needs to be hung and the items that can be folded in a drawer. Make a pile for items of clothes that you don’t want anymore — later on, you can divide it further into items you want to donate, and items you want to swap. Sort your shoes, sort your wayward bras that have found their way to the bottom of the heap. Sort it all and figure out how you want to go about putting it away and storing it.
Closet Cleanse Step 3: Purchase necessary organizational items (if any.)
You don’t need to spend a lot, but take a trip to The Container Store or Bed, Bath & Beyond to invest in some items that will make your life a little easier. Slim hangers will make extra room in you closet, as will a shoe cubby, or some over-the-door hooks. In criminally small closets, every square inch of space counts, so keep that in mind.
Closet Cleanse Step 4: Remember the One Year Rule.
Some people have an extremely hard time getting rid of clothes, even clothes that they don’t particularly like anymore. You have to be pragmatic about this. If you haven’t worn it in a year, or if you can’t remember the last time you wore it, it’s probably time to let it go. You should also consider purging clothes that you know don’t fit you right, and items that you like but don’t know how or where you would ever wear.
Closet Cleanse Step 5: Enlist a friend and have a swap.
You and your friend can both participate in the closet cleanse and then get together with the piles of clothes you no longer want. Heck, get as many friends involved as you want and then have a giant swap meet with all your gently used clothes and a few bottles of wine. Just make sure you don’t come home with more articles of clothing than you got rid of. What’s the point of cleaning out your closet if you’re only going to cram it full of stuff all over again?
A closet cleanse is the first step towards getting control of your messy, crammed closet, and giving yourself the motivation to keep it that way. No massive purchases are required, and certainly no contractors or construction. So set aside a little time and complete your closet cleanse today!
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