October 13, 2014

Search and Destroy: How To Declutter Your Closet

Your closet is one of your first stops in the morning and may determine your mood for the rest of the day. Does your closet make you feel overwhelmed? Are you having trouble finding clothing in your closet? Do you feel like you don't have anything to wear but you have a closet filled to the brim? Do you have a sentimental attachment to your clothes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should get started immediately. The beginning of each day will start with confidence rather then frustration. 

Step 1
Allow 2-5 hours. Enlist the help of a friend ONLY if she will actually help motivate, and not be a distraction. Otherwise music is another good option for motivation.

Step 2
Review your wardrobe. If you have not worn clothes for 2 years there is probably a reason. Ask yourself if this item was in a store right now would you buy it. Here is some criteria you should consider. It will help make the evaluation period quicker.

Criteria for eliminating clothes from closet:
a. Doesn't fit
b. Sentimental or evokes memories
c. Piled, stained, faded or ripped
d. You hate the way you look in it
e. No longer your style

Step 3
Have your tools accessible.

Tools needed:
-2 large garbage bags
-masking tape
-fashion magazines
-optional rolling rack
-storage bins, containers, etc. for accessories 

Storage is dedicated for different categories of accessories i.e scarves, shoes, handags, belts, jewelry-necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.

Step 4
Remove all the clothes from your closet. Label 2 large trash bags. One label Trash (clothes that are ripped, stained, etc). Label the other one Donate (items you don't wear but are in good condition). Your third pile "Keep", can go on an optional rolling rack or on the bed. 

Step 5
Tackle you accessories- organize by item for easy access and viewing.

Step 6
After reviewing clothes, ask yourself two questions. Is there is anything over 2 years old that has not been worn? Does it fit? Are you keeping something that is sentimental or evokes memories? Is it piled, stained, faded or ripped? Do you hate the way you look in it? Is it no longer your style? 

If you answered yes to any of these question you most likely should get rid of those clothes.

Here is more information about styling your closet http://www.stylingsession.com/p/let-me-style-your-closet.html

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