Spring has sprung and it is time to get serious about our closets! This is the time that we all get the itch to clean out and refresh our houses after a long winter. Our closets should not be no exception.
Having just done this myself, I thought I’d share a few tips on how I tackled this seemingly daunting task.
1. First, put yourself in the right mindset. Have a positive attitude and be ready to keep going until the job is done. Play your favourite music and get moving!
2. About a year ago, I took a friend’s advice and turned all my hangers backwards. When I wore something, I hung it up the other way. I now know what I haven’t worn in the last year. I can easily discard anything on a backwards hanger!
3. Have piles designated for what you are keeping, and what you’ll get rid of whether it be for a clothing swap, for donation, to be used as rags or whatever else you can think of. The goal is to reuse and recycle, not throw in a landfill. Clothing swaps are a great way to get together with friends and family. A blouse you may be tired of, may be a great addition to your best friend’s wardrobe. This is a sustainable way to update your closet. One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure!! Donating to people in need is an easy way to recycle. Just be sure that these items are still in good condition. Nobody wants your stretched-out t-shirts! Homeless and women’s shelters are a great place to start. Old ratty clothing make great rags to be used around the house. They can also be up-cycled for use in craft projects. Sock puppets, gift wrap and pillowcases are a few ideas to get you started.
4. Sort clothing into colours and type. This way you’ll know how many black tops you have and when you are out shopping, you’ll realize you don’t need another!
5. Use hangers, bins, boxes and hooks to keep everything organized.
6. Once organized and you’ve let go of unwanted items, be sure to stay on top of keeping things in their place. Continue to use the backwards hanger method.
7. When you do want to purchase something new, look at the label. Choose natural fibers such as hemp, organic cotton and bamboo. Clothing made from these materials are biodegradable and last much longer that clothing made from synthetic fabrics. Choose quality over quantity.
Keeping a clean and organized closet has helped reduce my stress level. The clutter was overwhelming me! Now getting dressed in the morning is a breeze. I can easily find what I am looking for and know that everything fits!
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