For those who live in the Northeast, the ongoing snow is the perfect excuse for tackling your bedroom closet(s). How long this takes depends on how big your closet is and/or how many you have. In some cases, you may not have an actual closet, but have had to improvise; these closet solutions found on Google can be quite clever.
Regardless of the closet space, they all serve the purpose of housing our clothes. As always, we begin by removing everything from the space. In this case, wash down the shelves and all the walls; closets get dustier than one would think. Also, have containers handy for donate, trash, sell, and keep. Really looking at your wardrobe is important – the average person wears only 20% of their wardrobe on a regular basis. Closet space is valuable real estate. Do you want to give the bulk of it over to 80% of clothes you never wear?
Once again, what do you love? If you wear these pieces, they belong in your closet. If you do not wear them, why are you keeping them? I have the outfit I wore as the mother of the groom. Its classic lines mean that I can wear it again as the mother of another groom. Because it is rarely worn, it should not be kept in my closet, but stored in an airtight container to keep it clean.
Writing this is helping me, too, as I have business suits which I will never wear again. These I will take to my favorite local consignment shop. I ask you the same question I asked myself, “Why not generate some income from clothes you never wear that are in top condition?”
Also, consider donating seldom-used or unused items to a charity shop, like Goodwill or Salvation Army, to homeless shelters, or abused women’s shelters. Abused women often leave their homes with just the clothes on their backs, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Be realistic, too – homeless people need utilitarian clothes, not fancy ones.
Are some of your clothes sporting frayed collars and cuffs, stains, and missing buttons? If you know you will repair them or have them repaired, keep them, but set a deadline for these repairs to be made. Write that date in your planner. If they are not repaired by that date, throw them out. If you are crafty, you might want to harvest the buttons and zippers or you might want to turn them into something else. For instance, a sweater can become a decorative pillow.
(Full project at http://www.honeybearlane.com/2012/11/10-minute-sweater-pillows.html)
Now that the wardrobe has been culled, it is time to return the remaining clothes to the closet space. Clothes that are sorted in color order make it easier to create outfits. Note in the picture below that the clothes are also sorted by length of skirt and by sleeve length. From experience, I know this really does shorten dressing time.
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One hint I have read is to hang the clothes back in the closet with the hangers backward on the clothes rail. As you wear an item, return it to the closet, but turn the hanger back around. If seasonal clothes have not been worn within its season, reconsider keeping them; if it is year-round clothing, like dress shirts, and have not been worn within a year, reconsider keeping them. I am going to try this myself; although I think I know that I wear all of my clothes, I am interest to see the outcome.
The same process should be used for shoes, hats, belts, scarves, or anything else left from the closet. Note that the shoes are sorted by heel height, season, and height of the tops of the shoes.