Autumn is the perfect time to rid your closet of old and unwanted clothing. Before you pack away summer clothing to make room for sweaters, go through your clothes and pick out items that don't fit or are falling apart. Use the following tips to make the process as painless as possible and free up closet space for new purchases.
1. Create special storage space
Before you even touch your clothes, make a plan for clothing storage. Instead of tossing boxes wherever they fit, create a special place dedicated just to seasonal storage. See if you have space next to your holiday ornaments or under the stairs. This way, swapping out your wardrobe each season will be quick and you'll always know where a sweater is during unseasonal weather.
2. Do one section at a time
The easiest way to overwhelm yourself is to pull everything out of the closet at once. You'll probably get through half and then call it quits. Instead of dumping everything onto your floor at once, Reader's Digest magazine suggested making a schedule and tackling one section at a time. On Saturday, you can do your shirts, and then your sweaters on Sunday. The next weekend, move on to pants and shoes. Staggering your cleanout efforts will ensure that every section gets the attention it needs.
3. Use the opportunity to regroup
Pulling everything out of your closet is the perfect time to reorganize. Figure out a method of grouping clothes that works best for your lifestyle. If you're always digging for work shirts, try putting those toward the front of your closet. Store your special-occasion dresses and impractical shoes toward the back.
4. Create a fix-it kit
If you have extra buttons and threads strewn throughout your house, gather everything together and create a fix-it kit. Martha Stewart Living magazine recommended using a binder and business card organizer to keep everything separated. You can also store garment care tags that you've snipped out of clothes.
5. Be honest with yourself
If you're especially sentimental about your clothing, the thought of throwing it away can be heartbreaking. However, there comes a time when it needs to go. Clothing that no longer fits or is too tattered for wear is simply taking up space. See if you can find a way to upcycle these pieces - into a quilt or pillow maybe? - or allow them to find new life at a secondhand shop.
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