Issue: When you have too much clothes but still you’ve got nothing to wear.
Is your closet in chaos?
When you feel like you have nothing to wear but your closet overflow with crap, use these tips to create a clean and neat closet that allows room for the addition of new crap.
1. To begin cleaning out a messy closet take every single thing out of it.
Take out all your wardrobe items. No argument. Meaning, ALL OUT OF YOUR CLOSET.
2. When choosing clothes to keep, ask yourself a few vital questions to immediately weed out the weak items. (WARNING: this may seem like everything you own. Probably).
Ask yourself this questions:
- Does it still fit?
- Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
- Would I wear it again?
- If I saw it in a store now, would I buy it?
- Do I love the way it looks on me?
- Is it damage?
If you answered no to one or more of these questions, you’re probably looking at an article of clothing that you bought and loved once, but just isn’t your thing anymore. That, or it’s a weird Halloween costume from high school. Why do you still have that?
3. Hang the items you want to keep in your closet neatly so you can see everything you own at a glance.
Hang neatly as many items in your closet as you can. If you can see it, you are more likely to wear it. But do not overdo stuff.
4. Use the backwards hanger strategy when putting clothes back into your closet to get a better idea of the items you actually wear often.
Face all of your hangers away from you and replace each one the “right way” after wearing the item hanging on it. Check back in six months and then a year to see which hangers are still facing the wrong way. Maybe it’s time to get rid of those articles and clean out your closet again?
5. To keep everything looking fresh and neat, get new hangers so that everything in your closet looks uniform.
Get new hangers. The slim kind does work great and can use most of your space. Having all of your hangers look the same will make your organization loving inner-self happy.
6. Use garment organizers to separate your clothes into categories that work for you – seasons, occasions, type of item, etc.
7. Fold heavy clothes, especially sweaters and loose knits that may lose their shape on a hanger.
8. When folding your other keepers, try to think of a way of organizing them before shoving them into drawers or up onto shelves.
Always organize and fold clothes in a way that make sense to you. While it may be tempting to color code your clothes, make sure your organization works for you and won’t confuse you as to where your things are. Organize in a way that will remind you of the clothes you have and love.
9. Assess your reject pile and decide which items can be sold.
Sell your wardrobe items if:
- It doesn’t fit.
- It isn’t your style anymore.
- Is lightly worn
- If it was expensive
10. If there isn’t anything wrong with the items that you do not want to keep, consider giving them away.
Give away items if:
- You can’t sell it
- Its not torn or broken.
- It isn’t discolored or bleached
- Definitely not under wears or socks
11. When you look at an article of your old clothing and just think, “nope”, then maybe it is destined for the trash.
Toss your items if:
- It’s torn and broken
- an underwear
12. For extra organization, you can use dividers to end drawer chaos.
Drawer dividers, can help you manage the things in your drawers that often get too messy to deal with (unmentionables, socks, ties, belts; the drawer is your oyster!). If you prefer to DIY, try PVC pipes lined up as dividers!
13. Don’t let your floor space go to waste!
You can use shoe racks and line up your shoes under your clothes.
14. Maximize shelf space and be super organized by using shelf dividers.
Dividers are great for creating a smaller space to stack items like bags or other loose accessories that would normally create a mess without using boxes as storage. If you can see your items directly on the shelf instead of in a box, you are more likely to remember it exists and actually use it.
15. Don’t just use your closet doors for opening and closing, use them for extra storage.
Over-the-door shoe bags can be used to store not only shoes, but belts, socks, accessories, and more. If you don’t have enough room for a full shoe bag, try hooks, or a towel rod to hang items.