This article was originally posted in Greek, at ntynomai.gr here
The perfect moment to clean out your closet has come!Gather everything that reminds you of a stormy weather and make some room for spring brights and mood making items!
By following these simple 9 steps, get your closet in order:
1.Clean it out:
At first you should empty your closet.Entirely. Clean it on the inside from dust and flock and use some perfumto freshen it up.You can also make your own by using some potpourri, soap or ethereal oils. This way, every time you open your closet, you will get a nice sense of freshness.
2.Make some room.
A smart way to make some room, is to divide your clothes into three categories.The ones you wear, the ones you don’t and the ones that need mending. And since we are sentimental creatures, i am sure we all tend to hold on to clothes we would never wear again, just because they remind us of a special someone or a special occasion. But it is time to keep what you really need, so the things that you should ask yourself, before you fold your clothes again and stack them up in your closet, is :
“Do i really need this?”
“Does it still fit me?”
“Have i worn it in the last year?”
“Does it go with my style?”
If you answered no, to all of these questions, then you’ve certainly found a piece that’s just taking up space from your closet.
Be sure to do this with all of your clothing, one-by-one and when you’re done, you will have enough space for some new clothing.
So now you are thinking “and what am i supposed to do with all this useless clothing?” Of course, the best answer is to donate it. Now if your finances aren’t so good, you can arrange an exchange night, with your best friends, or you can even sell them on sites like ebay and etsy. And to quote some Sex And The City : “Sometimes a woman’s garbage, is another woman’s treasure”.
4.Get organized.Procure and store.
Now that you have it all cleaned up,it’s time to store them. Stores like IKEA, offer many low-budget solutions, to help you store away anything that don’t need to keep in front of your eyes. Out of season clothing is what you have to put away now.You definitely have to keep some items that can be worn during spring too, like a light jacket,booties or a cardi, but the fur jacket now belongs in a box.
Another smart way to protect your winter clothing from mould and dust, is to store them in suitcases you don’t use, so they don’t take extra space.You must also get some hooks, to hang your scarfs, bags, belts etc. inside your closet.
Clear boxes are the best solution for your shoes, especially if you’re keeping them in your closet. Buy some hard hangers, for clothes that mustn’t lose their form like jackets, shirts and blazers and some soft hangers for clothes made of sensitive fabrics.
5.Divide and conquer.
As a general advice, you should hang as many clothes as you can, so you can find them easier. Now there are many ways to categorize your clothing. Which one suits you, it’s up to you to decide. You can arrange them by colour, by season, by type. Personally i prefer to hang them by colour, and fold them by type. T-shirts and ribs folded in the drawers, and on the top the ones that i wear more often.
Closet cleaning, must be done at least two times a year, once before S/S and once before F/W to keep it tidy all year long. A smart way to keep it organized and neat, is to prepare your outfit, the night before so your don’t leave a bad mess behind, plus give five minutes of your time, when you returnin order to put everything back into place.
7.Have fun with it.
Turn the radio on, pump up the volume and don’t sweat it. If you need it, take breaks. Do it in episodes, like watching tv series. Keep in mind that if you want some new things to come you should get rid of the old ones. It’s not necessary to do it all at once, you can start one day with the clothes and the next day with the shoes and accessories.
Do not think of your closet as a simple storing space. Think of it as your own private little space, where you can get inspired.And anything that brings us inspiration, we should keep clean and beautiful.Paint your closet in a colour that spices up your mood and matches your room. You can also put some tapestry on it, photos, stickers, whatever’s your thing.
9.Make a list.
Now that everything’s in order, it’s so much easier to see what you need. Are you short of t-shirts? Pants? Shorts? Make some notes and the next time you go shopping take the note with you. Get the basics, so that your wardrobe is not only organized but functional too.You’ll be saving space, time and money.
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