• Thursday Tip-Off: Organizing Your Closet

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    Spring is just around the corner which is a good excuse (and motivation) to clean your closet. (Think of how good your room is going to look once everything is off the floor!) So buckle up, because it's time to get rid of those jeans that were cool in 2007 - it might hurt, but you'll be better for it in the end.
    Lead photo by Sammy Keller

    Photo by Sammy Keller

    1. First of all, there's never any reason to throw out clothes unless it's totally tattered, stained, or threadbare. While you may not like that duck sweater your aunt gave you 3 Christmases ago, that doesn't mean it should head for the trash bin. Before you start your clean out, look for shelters or donation bins in your area that you'd feel comfortable donating too. (Since it's 2017, there are even certain companies that come and pick up your clothes for you, so you don't have to lug them around if you're without a car!) Knowing your clothing is going to a good cause will make it easier to part with, too.

    Photo by Sammy Keller

    2. Now that you've come this far, fully commit to the cleaning by taking everything out of your closet and drawers so that it can be more easily sorted. If you take everything out, you'll be less likely to give up halfway through since you'll have a pile of clothes sitting on the floor. If you haven't worn something in more than 6 months, toss it in your donate bag without a second thought. If you're unsure of something but aren't ready to 100% get rid of it, put it aside in a separate pile to store away for at least 6 months. If you don't find yourself looking for something in that pile within the 6 months it's stored, donate the bag without looking at what's inside! (And remember: KEEP THINGS THAT SPARK JOY.)

    3. If there are any items that are outside of your normal color scheme, don't be afraid to toss them. While that red dress of yours may be super cute, if you've only worn grey and black for the last 3 years, then it's not worth hanging onto. 

    Photo by Sammy Keller

    4. Once you've sorted through all your items, hang them up based on how you tend to get dressed in the morning. If you like to have all your long-sleeved items in one place, organize that way. If you'd rather do things by color, now is the perfect time to get that closet gradient you've been dreaming of. Once you organize your closet once this way, it'll be easy to stick to what you've decided.

    5. If you have any remaining accessories, find places for all of them right away! Getting separate hangers for sunglasses (see above) and various other small items will help them from getting lost in the shuffle. Plus, doing it right away ensures that you won't forget about them later on.

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