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New Year, New Closet

Posted by Jancyn Lepke on

Organizing your closet can be a refreshing and efficient way to manage your clothing and accessories. Here's a step-by-step guide:

How to Organize Your Closet:

1. Prepare:

  • Set Aside Time: Dedicate a block of time when you won't be rushed, allowing you to focus on the task.
  • Gather Supplies: Get storage bins, hangers, labels, and any organizing tools you might need.

2. Empty Your Closet:

  • Remove all items from your closet and lay them out where you have space, like your bed or a clean floor.

3. Sort and Purge:

  • Categories: Sort items into categories (tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, etc.).
  • Purge Criteria: Consider each item and ask yourself:
    • Have I worn this in the last year or two?
    • Does it fit well and flatter me?
    • Is it in good condition?
    • Does it align with my current style?

4. Purging Old Clothing and Accessories:

  • Donate: Items in good condition but no longer needed can be donated to local charities or shelters.
  • Sell: High-value or designer pieces could be sold online through platforms like Poshmark, Depop, or local consignment shops.
  • Recycle: Worn-out clothing can be recycled at textile recycling centers or repurposed into cleaning rags.
  • Dispose: Items beyond use should be properly disposed of (some fabrics can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of correctly).

5. Clean and Assess:

  • Wipe down shelves and surfaces.
  • Check for any needed repairs or replacements, like broken hangers or damaged storage containers.

6. Maximize Space and Organization:

  • Use Vertical Space: Invest in stackable shelves or hanging organizers to maximize space.
  • Color or Style Code: Organize items by color, type, or season to make it easier to find what you need.
  • Storage Solutions: Utilize bins, baskets, or labeled boxes for accessories, shoes, or seasonal items.

7. Maintain Regularly:

  • Seasonal Check-ins: Every few months, reassess your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn an item in several months, consider letting it go.
  • One In, One Out Rule: When adding new items, consider removing similar ones to maintain a balanced wardrobe.

Where to Purge Old Clothing and Accessories:

  1. Donation Centers:

    • Local charities, shelters, or thrift stores often accept clothing donations.
    • Some organizations conduct specific clothing drives for various causes.
  2. Selling Platforms:

    • Online platforms like Poshmark, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or local consignment shops allow you to sell pre-loved clothing and accessories.
  3. Recycling Centers:

    • Check for textile recycling centers in your area that accept worn-out clothing for recycling or repurposing.
  4. Proper Disposal:

    • For items that can't be donated or recycled, dispose of them responsibly according to your area's waste disposal guidelines.

Remember, organizing your closet is a continual process. Regularly assessing and decluttering will help maintain an organized and functional wardrobe.