Admit it.Your closet is in need of some serious organization. But before you can even begin to find the perfect place for your shoes and purses, you’ve got to figure out what you should keep and what you should toss.
Do you have a dozen black cotton dresses that you keep because they all look soooo different, five pairs of eerily similar boot cut jeans (just in case you take up horseback riding) and entire drawers filled with “sleep shirts”? You’ve only got a limited amount of space to house your clothing and all those unused items are taking up valuable real estate. It’s time to establish some priorities. Make a detailed list with a tally of everything you have in your closet, organized by type and color. For example something like this:
This way, you’ll get a real sense of categories and colors where you have way too much. You’re now ready for your first sweep. Shut your door–because anyone who is walking by will be scared of what’s going on. Your room will look pretty dysfunctional but in the end you’ll have a well-organized closet.
Remember those categories where you had too much? Pull all the clothes in those categories and start placing in one of four piles: Toss, Giveaway, Sell or Keep.
Toss: there shouldn’t be too many items in this category — as this is stuff you will literally throw away. Clothes that have a ton of holes or are stained and can’t be cleaned.
Giveaway: this is for items that are in good but not great condition. Staple items like t-shirts that you sleep in, pajamas and old shoes that can still be worn. You’ll donate these items to a thrift store.
Sell: everything in this pile is in perfect condition. You’ll send these items to a consignment store. We like TheRealReal (they’ll send you a fedex label and you’ll mail your items!)
Keep: see that wasn’t so hard.