As the weather cools off, you'll start needing to pull out heavier jackets, sweaters, boots and fall gear. Instead of piling heavy fall clothes on top of your summer items, take the time to organize your closet for fall. Here's how to do it in one afternoon.
Step 1: Assess Your Big Obstacles
Are your shoes overtaking the space? Try a hanging-shoe rack or over-the-door organizer. Do your clothes overcrowd? Thinner hangers create space so you can find things easier. Feeling rushed each morning? Dividing shirts, dresses, jeans, etc. bring a sense of order and saves time. Solving your biggest problem will motivate you to create the closet of your dreams.
Step 2: Start from Scratch
Take everything (yes, everything) out of your closet. If you don't remove it all, chances are the same unworn clothes will be moved around the closet. Now it's time to sort. Throw out old and damaged clothing. Donate what you don't need or don't wear.
Step 3: Out with the Odd
Remove items that have no business in your closet. Bank statements, insurance information, or tax documents don't belong next to your shoes, scarves, and sweaters. Create a Google.doc to organize and store all of your important documents in one accessible place. File the remaining papers in an office cabinet or milk crate.
Step 4: Organize in Sections
Designate a place for everything in your closet. Shoes in one place, sweaters in another, and so on. This will help you keep order and save you time each morning. Make smart use of the space. Installing shelves will double your storage and help sweaters and t-shirts keep their shape better.
Step 5: Apply the 80/20 Rule
You may not want to admit it, but the majority of clothes you have probably go unworn. It's said that the average American only wears 10 to 20 percent of their clothes. To cut down on the fluff, remove items you haven't worn in a year. If it's falling apart or if it looks ragged, get rid of it. If you don't love it, get rid of it. Drop off the excess at Goodwill or arrange a clotheswap with friends.
Step 6: Put One In; Take One Out
For each new item you buy to put in your closet, donate one item (or pitch it if it's past its prime). This will keep you from returning to your pat-rack ways.
Step 7: Keep It Going
Dedicate 15 minutes a week to straightening your closet after the "big clean." Spending this small amount of time will ensure you never have to go through a major de-clutter again.
Step 8: Reward Yourself
Recognize what a big task it is, and celebrate when you're done. Treat yourself to some new hangers or buy those new boots you've been eyeing. Now, you actually have room for it.
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