"If you can't see it, then you probably won't use it."
That's my motto when it comes to the refrigerator, pantry, bookshelf...and closet. I like to visually account for what I own in order to maximize its purpose. I'm
borderline OCD when it comes to organization, but I enjoy switching up my wardrobe and playing dress-up! So in preparing for the fall & winter seasons, here are some tips on getting your closet (and dresser) in check:
Once a Year: Start off by doing an inventory of everything you own. Make piles of the things you (1) love & wear often, (2) sometimes wear, and (3) haven't worn in a year (or more). For the latter two piles, try on every piece of clothing. If it doesn't jump out at you as exciting, comfortable and/or stylish, put it in the (4) "giveaway" pile. Yes, breaking up with material goods can sometimes be difficult, especially if they hold sentimental value, but there is no reason to hold onto, say, your old prom dresses or other various items that you will never wear again. This goes for shoes and accessories as well. Do the right thing and donate these "once-upon-a-time treasures" to someone who will actually use them! Not only will you make someone else's day a little bit brighter, you now have room for new additions! Win-win situation.
Once a Season: Some things stay in style and some things never should have been in style in the first place. I'm a firm believer that you should re-evaluate your closet at the start of every season (specifically spring and fall), tossing items that keep appearing on hangers (and in drawers) but are never actually worn. Helpful tip: Turn all of your hangers backwards and as you wear things, turn them back around, facing the right way. This will show you what you do wear and what needs to be re-considered! If something is stained or ripped, trash it. Your closet should be filled with things you want to wear, not things you have to avoid.
Once a Month: Clean up and get organized! Take time to put things back in their proper place. Group clothes together based upon color, cut and/or length. This will make your closet easier to navigate and also allow you to come up with better outfits in a shorter amount of time.
I mentioned here about a few charities that welcome clothing donations, but there are so many local and national organizations that will not only take your goods, they'll pick them up from you too! Use resources at your church, office or school to give away your no-longer-needed clothing, shoes & accessories, and check out these sites as well:
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