Are your closets so jam-packed with clothing that you need a crowbar to find something to wear? Then it may be time to purge that closet. I find the best time to do this is in between seasons. This my ‘purging and organizing’ method.
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Assess Your Space
This is the time to look at the space you have in your home to store your clothes. Do have somewhere you can put your winter clothes during the summer and vice versa. If you don’t, try separating your closet space: one side for winter and one side for summer. This is what I do in my own closet.
Assess Your Clothes
Now that you have designated a spot for your clothing it is time to make a decision as to what stays and what goes. First, go through the clothing that you are storing away. That is, the clothes you will not need to wear for another six or more months. Then ask yourself the following questions:
- Is there any article of clothing that you did not wear during that season?
- Is there any article of clothing that no longer fits?
- Is there any article of clothing that is no longer in style?
- Is there any article of clothing that is beyond repair or faded and worn?
Purging and Storing Your Clothes
If you have clothing that answers yes to the above questions, then you need to put these in a discard pile. But don't throw away anything unless they are severely worn. Here are some suggestions for your discard pile:
- If the item is in good to excellent condition, consider giving it away or find a consignment shop to make a little money.
- Items that have extensive wear, see if they can be made into rags or other creative items. (I made a tool bag, handle and all, out of a pair of jeans.)
- Anything severely used or stained should be tossed.
Naturally, once you have whittled down your clothing, it's time to store your keepers. Again, depending on your home, use the designated space to put your clothing away.
Dealing with Children's Clothing
In my home, the boys' rooms have only one small closet.
Because the boys' closets are small, I have to put any additional clothes away in another part of my home. These additional clothes are hand-me-downs that my sister gave to me for the boys. Since the boys are too small for this clothing, I store these clothes marking the type of clothing with their sizes.
I do the same procedure to the boys' clothes as I do to mine as far as assessing and purging goes. However, I like to take note of the boys' current sizes by writing them into a clothing checklist that I have made available for you.
Clothing Size Checklist
I use this chart whenever I go shopping. That way, if I happen to find a clearance sale I don't have to remember their sizes. I know that if they are wearing a size 2 in the summer, chances are they will need a size 3 in boots for the winter.
Notice in the checklist below, I have listed not just the children but also adults, which could also be subbed for teenagers. Now, I pretty much know my size but my husband doesn't. So, let me suggest making your husband a copy in case he ever wants to purchase an article of clothing for you or the kids for special occasions.
Click here to access the checklist. This is available on Google sheets. Make a copy and re-configure the tables to fit your needs.
Next Organizing Project
I am currently reading Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. As much as I claim to be organized, I always tell myself, I can do more. So I'm hoping to find more and better ways of organizing. I've only read the first two chapters and have to say that it seems to involve a lot of purging. I will give a review in a future post about this book when I finish reading it. Update: This post is now available. Click here to read my Marie Kondo review.
Well, readers, I hope I have helped you to purge your closet and maybe make room for more. And if you did purge some clothes, I really hope that you were able to donate or recycle them. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to enter them below in the comment section.
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