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We decluttered our Bedroom last week and now it is time to move on to that closet. I did not want to overwhelm you buy tackling the closet and the bedroom all in the same week. Because if you are like me your closet has a mind of its own.
Your closet may look like you should be on an episode of hoarders if you were like mine a year ago. We had went through a devastating flood in 2016 and our bedroom had to have a complete overhaul. So we were using our closet as a closet and a storage. Man was that the toughest thing we have ever been through. Living in a home while doing a complete renovation it is not something I would wish on anyone. If you want to read about the flood The blog post is Our Personal Journey through the flood of 2016
We were really not able to walk into our closet for almost a year. It was at that time that I said ok I Have to go through this closet and start getting rid of some of the things I have been holding on to that I really just do not need. You know that little black dress that you wore on any given occasion that you could dress up or down and make it look completely different. (It was also the dress that I met my husband in) Ok so I kept that one but only because my husband refused to let me put it in the donation pile!!! (note if your hubby is like mine you might want to do this when they are not around).
So here are the steps I took to declutter my closet and bring it back to where I could actually walk in and hang things again in an organized fashion.
Source: ask anna mosely
Mondays Task : Shoes
Starting with shoes is probably not the first thing that you thought I would start with but lets face it we all have those shoes that are either a little to worn, Don't fit right, or give us blisters. So it is time to organize and purge.
Step 1: Pull out all of your shoes into an open area.
Step 2. Put all of your matching pairs together.
Step 3. Have 3 areas ready to seperate your shoes
Step 4. Inspect every pair of shoes. If it has a tear in it, non removable stains, or it has seen better days put it in the trash pile.
Step 5. Now go through your shoe stash and pick out any that you know right away are uncomfortable. Put them either in the Donate Pile or Sell pile
Step 6. Go through your Shoe Stash another time and pick out any that are no longer your style or that you haven't worn in over a year. Put those in the Donate Pile or Sell Pile
Step 7. Keep narrowing down your shoe stash until you have only the shoes that you want to keep.
Step 8. Put them into some time of Plastic see through shoe boxes for ease of seeing which pair you want right away or in a hanging shoe organizer in your closet.
Step 8. For your boot storage I like to take pool noodles and put them into my boots to keep them standing up straight. For years I just let them fall over and one of my favorite pairs of boots ruined this way as the leather started to get worn from being bent for months when they were not seasonal.
Tuesday's Task: Pants
We are going to take this closet slow. Because you dont want to spend hours upon hours going through your closet all in one day. Ain't nobody got time for that. Especially when you are a MOM there is always something that needs to be accomplished.
So today we are going to sort through our pants.
Step 1: You know the drill pull all of your pants out of your closet. (yes every single one including those "I hope one day I can fit back in these jeans"
Step 2. Time to make those piles again
Step 3. Going through your all of your pants can seem like an endless stream of clothes. Dress Pants, Jeans, Shorts, Jogging Pants, Leggings there are so many.
Step 4. Divide them into coordinating Piles. While you are dividing them I want you to take out all the ones that you have not worn in a year and put into either the donate, trash or sell piles.
a. Dress Pants
b. Jogging Pants
e. Pajama pants
Step 5. Now for the hard part time to try on all of those pants.
Here are some great storage ideas for leggings. Because if you are like me you have a ton of leggings for every occasion.
Wednesdays Task: Shirts
Now that you have organized your shoes, and Pants it is time to get those shirts under control. Think about how many of those shirts have holes in them, You love but hoping they fit you again one day. Were in style back in the 80's but not today. Or my favorite excuse a relative gave it to me (but you secretly hate it but cant bear to get rid of it for that one occasion when they ask why you haven't worn it)
Step 1. I think you know what I will say here Yep take all of those shirts, tanks, cami's, t-shirts, sweaters, etc out of your closet it is now dooms day.
Step 2. Make your standard 3 pile formation
Step 3. Put them into coordinating piles like you did yesterday with the pants. This will help you when it comes down to seasonal wear they will all be together and you can store those that are not in season right now. As you are going through your shirts and separating them into the piles below things you automatically know that you have not put on your body in a year go into the donate, sell or trash pile.
I used the bags below when we flooded as well put all of my bedding, pillows, clothes, towels, into these bags and used a regular vacuum to take out the air. They were just as fresh as they were when we put them in there after washing. And they saved a ton of space in our storage while we were remodeling.
For storing camis and casual tanks
I love to hang them on a hanger with shower hooks. They all fit on one hanger and they are easy to take on and off. The middle picture below is using cup hooks which is also a brilliant idea.
This is the best thing I have seen since sliced bread. I am going to be placing my order for a set of these maybe more very soon. This is a great way to store all of those t shirts. You can order yours through my Affiliate link on amazon EZSTAX Closet Organizer and Shirt Folder | Regular Size, 20-Pack
Do you organize your closet by color?
Put a comment below and tell us how you organize your clothing. Is it by color, type, etc. I would love to know any tips tricks or hints you have that you can pass on that would make it so much easier.
If you would like to learn how to organize your closet by color Capitilia.info has a great post on how to do just that.
Thursday's Task: Dresses
I found a Great info-graphic below of what to ask yourself when you are sorting through your dresses.
Step 1. Take all the dresses out of your closet. I know your thinking why do I have to take out the formals too. Because you need to go through those as well.
Step 2. Get your piles ready
Step 3. Look at each and every dress carefully ask yourself the questions above in the Info-graphic. Unless it is a wedding dress or you are planning on wearing it again soon. Do not keep it. Even though we say we will wear it again. I once had a Bridesmaids dress that I kept to wear to another formal sometime. Well many many many years later I had still never worn it so be completely honest with yourself. Sell it and recoup some of the money you spent on it back or donate so someone who has a special occasion to and can not afford to go out and purchase one from a store has an option to still have that special occasion dress from a resale shop.
Step 4. Rehang any dresses that you decided to keep and will wear soon. If you haven't put it on your body in 6 months to a year I can almost guarantee that it will remain on the hanger another year.
Friday's Task: Miscellaneous
Today is the day you are going to go through anything that we haven't covered yet. Scarves, purses, wallets, belts, accessories, purses, etc.
Seriously why are you keeping that purse that you replaced with a new one. Throw it out. even if your current one breaks you replaced that one for another one.
Go through your massive pile of scarves and divide them into summer, winter and fall scarves. Organize them back up in your closet this way
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Next Week we will Tackle the Kitchen See you then!!
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