Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting with Your Clothes + Free Printable!
Two years ago just before I moved provinces I tackled my closet BIG TIME giving away 108 pieces of clothing!! There is nothing like the motivation of moving to put a fire under you to get stuff done. When we moved into our new home I then blogged about my new closet and how I organized it. That was a year and a half ago and since then my closet has continued to evolve and change in order to maximize space and the efficiency of how I use it. You might remember this post I did singing the praises of thin hangers which I am still loving by the way.
In the last couple of weeks though I knew I needed to once again do a big tackle on my closet. How did I know? Because every time I walked into my closet I would immediately get annoyed and grumpy. Clothes were everywhere and I was having trouble finding what I needed because there was just too much stuff stuffed in. However I did what I know many people are guilty off. I walked out and did nothing only to be annoyed all over again the next day. I don’t have the time or I’ll do it later were just a few of the lines that repeated over and over in this big head of mine.
Then one day I went in and decided to do just ONE thing. I wouldn’t worry about the whole closet at this point, but I could take 5 or 10 minutes to do just a little. I’ll just hang up all the clothes not on hangers I decided and do the rest later. Well you know what happened don’t you? As I was hanging up those clothes I came across a few things I no longer wore or loved. And then I came across a few more and then a few more after that. Before I knew it stuff was flying out of that closet so fast. I hit the zone. There was no stopping me once I got going. Toss, toss, toss (that’s my most recent purge pile above). A half an hour later, I was done. Not just that ONE thing that I had originally set out to do but my whole closet. IN 30 MINUTES!
Seriously why do we do this to ourselves?
We put up with being annoyed day after day after day which, let’s be honest, plays out in so many other areas of our lives when we could easily nip the problem in the bud once and for all. I know this, you know this but we still convince ourselves it’s going to take forever. We convince ourselves we don’t have the time but with all the time we waste just thinking about doing it, we could have had it done.
So because I had no idea before I started that I’d be overhauling my entire closet I neglected to take a before picture. However here are some after pictures though so you can see how it’s changed from when we first moved in.
Love my thin hangers!
This is my BelleDangles Jewelry Organizer.
I found this great basket on clearance and it currently holds my summer tank tops but that might still change.
This fantastic organizer on my top shelf is from a company called Neat Containers. These are very cool for shoes, purses, wallets, scarves, slippers, bathing suits, etc. They are plastic bins that slide in and out like drawers. I like the way they use up vertical space that would otherwise be wasted.
And in case you missed this the first time I shared it, I’m going to share my 11 tips for parting with your clothes again.
Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting with Your Clothes
1. If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size. Why a year? Because you cover every season in that period of time. If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.
2. If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.
3. If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.
4. If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?
5. I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it. Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.
6. If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night. Follow the one year rule.
7. Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet. Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.
8. Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it. Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.
9. You don’t have to do it all at once. Try organizing in stages and be motivated by your success. One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..
10. Try everything on. This one I can’t stress enough. Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it. That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts. Nope we don’t want that now do we. Get rid of it.
11. You only have the space that you do. Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night. It will only make you grumpy…every single day. It’s not worth it.
And just in case you need a daily
kick in the pants reminder, here is a copy for you to print out and stash away in your closet if you need to :) Click on the link below for the pdf file.
Hope that helps in your quest to do some serious clothes purging soon!!!
What organizing task have you been putting off for a long time?