Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The ABC’s of Closet Organization

A is for assess. Before you begin to organize your closet, you need to assess your space and your goals. Do you have enough room for everything you own and more importantly do you wear it? If the answer to these two questions is yes, then you can skip the step of having to purge and sort your closet contents. But if you are like most people, there are many items in your closet - uncomfortable shoes or skinny jeans you hope to fit into one day – that can and should go. Before you begin, decide if you need to just organize or if a de-cluttering session is necessary.

B is for basics. The next step is to decide how you want to organize your closet. The possibilities are numerous and you need to find a system that works for you because organizing is about making things easier. Some suggestions for different closet systems are to sort your clothes by items – group all of the pants together, shirts, sweaters, skirts, and so on; sort by occasion – work, around the house, gym, evening, or other types of clothing you own; or sort by color – you can use this tip in addition to the previous two or on its own.

C is for consistency. Be brutal with yourself once you have taken the time to organize your closet, make yourself stick to the system you implemented. You don’t want all of your hard work to be for naught – without a little bit of discipline and consistency your closet could revert back to its former state. After a couple of weeks of sticking with your new closet management system (whatever one you decide works for you), it will be second nature to put your clothes back where they belong and make it easier for you.

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