Spring its knocking on our doors, everybody is in a good mood, thinking about spring shopping, changing robust and warm winter clothes, and shoes for a comfortable and breathable spring wardrobe. But, must ask you – do you have enough (or do you have at all) free space in your closets?
Yes, our closets are always too small and overcrowded. But, paradoxically, we don’t wear most of the stuff in them at all. It’s a perfect time to break that “magic circle” and clean and organize your closets, commodes, and shoe closet.
First, make good preparation. Prepare bags for stuff you will separate, few boxes for things which don’t go on shelves or to hang in closets and prepare new hangers because you never know if you will need more than what you have. You will need cloths for cleaning dust, vacuum cleaner, some good all-purpose, all-surface cleaner, and some special cleaner if shelves in your wardrobe closet are made of wood, for example. Play some good music playlist from your CDs collection or from your phone, put headphones and take a big breath.
Take everything out of closets. Finally, it came the moment to confront the real amount of the clothes you own. Maybe this moment helps you also to easier give up on some things you kept in the closet for a long time. Put clothes on the bed separated on at least four main piles (keep, trash, repair, donate/recycle), put the shoes on the floor, and let’s begin.
Separate it in categories by purpose, type, features. Separate winter garment from spring/summer things, casual from business clothing. While you dive through the piles of things, find and sort out damaged pieces and which you don’t wear at all and fill prepared bags with them. Also put on side damaged pieces you want to repair, so pack them up to be ready to bring them to the tailor. You can always donate or recycle clothes rather than throw them away, any clothing, shoes or accessories that are torn, permanently stained or broken. Or even sell it, if it’s still in wearable condition, to specialized “second hand” stores. When choosing clothes to keep, ask yourself a few questions to immediately weed out the weak items. Check-in your head for every piece of the garment, can you imagine it on yourself and as part of some combination with other stuff. Try it, maybe you gained or lost a little weight, even then you can keep it, and tailor can fix it correctly for you. Maybe, simple, you don’t want to wear some of it anymore. Ask yourself – Do I want to wear this? Does it make me happy? In that way, it will be much easier for you to decide do you want to keep it. Or simply use “one year rule.” If you haven’t worn it for over a year, probably you will never wear it again.
While separating, if you set some rules, it will go much easier, so these are main tips you should apply: If you haven’t worn it in a year and it’s still in good condition or if it’s not your style anymore – it goes in the donations bag. If it has holes, worn-out elastic or rips that can’t be repaired, toss it in the trash bag. If it needs a button or has a hole you or a tailor can easily fix, put the item in the repair pile. If it has stains put it in the repair pile and as soon as possible, try to remove spots. If it’s fantastic, you love it and you wear it, put it in the keep pile. Focus on things you will keep. Fold heavy clothes, especially sweaters and loose knits that may lose their shape on a hanger. When folding your other things you are going to keep, try to think of a way of organizing them before you put them up onto shelves or in the drawers. Use your hangers: for the hoodies, suits, dresses, everything you can hang on them because in that way you can better organize and save space.
Additionally, you can add garment organizers and on that way organize your closet even more, in categories, by seasons, occasions or how best fits for you. Fold heavy clothes, especially sweaters and loose knits that may lose their shape on a hanger. Underwear, socks, belts, bags and similar things would be much better organized in the boxes or in the drawer so you can consider investing in something like that. There is plenty of options on the market, made specifically for this purpose. So drawers come with premade boxes inside, so you can store your stuff more efficiently.
Let’s see the footwear section. Pretty similar like before – decide and separate what you need and what you don’t need. Wash/clean sneakers you can and refresh with shoe polish shoes that are made of leather and similar natural materials. Separate what you will throw/donate/recycle on one side, and what you will keep on another. What you will keep can be additionally separated in groups by how frequently you wear it, by season or by purpose. If you buy a shoe organizer it will make your life much easier. It is important to know how to keep your shoes organized and how to organize your shoes.
Let’s make a little overview. Now you have separated and categorized everything: things you will throw, donate or recycle, stuff prepared to bring them to tailor for fixing and the thing you will keep. Take a vacuum cleaner and vacuum the cabinets inside. Take a cloth with some all-surface cleaner and wipe shelves and sides of closets. Put some fine paper on every shelf, so dust doesn’t collect around, it will be easier for maintenance later, and in case of shoe cabinet, dry mud, dust, and other dirt will not damage the interior of the closet or spread around so much. Put brushes and rest of equipment for cleaning and polishing shoes in one corner of the shoe cabinet so you always have on mind where it is when you need it. Some kind of refresher with scent or Lavanda bags would fit perfectly in your closets also, with multipurpose: except your garment will smell excellent, also will keep them safe from moths.
When you are done with that, it’s essential to deal with the rest. As soon as possible, throw bags with stuff you intended to throw, bring charity bags to a collection point in your town, and contact your tailor to see when he can handle your clothes. Also, keep in mind if you pay attention to not create new piles of stuff you will not wear, your new order in a wardrobe will remain so that you will be happier and more organized on a daily basis.