As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on the blog, I am very fortunate to be receiving tons of hand-me-downs from my mom, who happens to have amazing style and is down-sizing. One challenge of receiving lots of new stuff is that the closet was becoming more and more congested. As well, my style, while still fairly traditional, has been changing as of late. This may be due to my developing passion for super-bold colors or due to Pinterest showing me different ways to re-work my closet. Regardless, it was time to purge!
As soon as I had the chance, I dove right in. While I didn’t actually wake up with a plan to tackle this project that day, I suddenly got a wild hair that “today is the day!” No matter how and when you approach the project, just make sure that you are realistic about the amount of time it will take! I happened to have a half of day to dedicate to this project, so I set aside four hours to git r’ done!
The process should be relatively stress free, if done right. To easily and properly purge your closet, do the following:
STEP 1- Establish a process before you start your purging! My process involved four key parts: Keep, Maybe, Donate, Needs Repair. This is what I was faced with when I began this process…
STEP 2- Hang signs to sort all of your belongings into each section.
STEP 3- Remove and divide up all belongings from your closet. Some people remove 100% of the everything all at once, but I chose to remove items section by section. This is completely up to you, what works best. The most important thing to remember is that you need to remove and sort ALL of the clothes before anything goes back into the closet!
STEP 4- Group all of your belongings. Once all clothes, shoes, etc. are removed from the closet and sorted into their respective sections, divide the “Keep” section into groups. Groups can be established by type (pants/shirts/sweaters/shoes/purses), color, season, occasion (work/casual/formal), etc. These groups really depend on you, but are essential to making a closet usable and efficient.
STEP 5- Decide how each group of items should be displayed: folded or hung, and on a shelf, rod, or in a drawer.
STEP 6- Fill your closet from top to bottom.
STEP 7- Pat yourself on the back and enjoy what you’ve just accomplished! Because, let me tell you people, purging your closet takes time and effort- four hours of time and effort to be exact!
Once completed, you should have a pleasantly usable and efficient closet! I’m completely stoked to have reclaimed my closet!!! Honestly, it feels like I have a completely new wardrobe! In the last few days, I’ve found myself creating completely new outfits, and standing and daydreaming in my closet for no real reason. Sounds ridiculous, but once you do this too, you’ll understand!
EXTRA BONUS: If you think you might have some items in the closet that you could still get rid of, try this. For all hanging items, place hangers backwards, Then, as each item is worn, the hanger gets turned around to the normal position. After one year, any items on hangers that have not been turned around gets automatically purged! Fun, right?!?!?
HAVE YOU PURGED YOUR CLOSETS LATELY? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIP?