Today I am continuing on with my 15 Minute Monday posts. Each Monday I will post an organising task that will only take you 15 minutes to complete. 52 of these throughout the year and we will be well on our way to having beautifully organised homes. Follow along on Instagram or Facebook and together we can organise our homes 15 minutes at a time.
This week we are going to be organising the hanging section of our closets. This is going to be tough, especially if you still have the dress you wore to your high school graduation. We are going to be brutal and sort through the clothing clutter once and for all. Women wear 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe 80% of the time, that means there is an awful lot of clothing is taking up space for no good reason.
All you will need for this task is a garbage bag (or two… or six) and a smallish box or basket.
The first thing we are going to do is take EVERYTHING out of the hanging section of your closet and lay it all on your bed. If you have a few cobwebs hiding in the back, now would be a great time to give it a quick clean out.
Next we are going to go through our clothes one item at a time. Anything that you no longer want, put into a garbage bag to donate or hand down to a friend or relative. If you have clothes in a bad condition you may want to have a bag for rubbish as well.
Now the rules:
- Don’t just assume that you still need, want or wear something. Think about the item and when you wore it last, don’t just mindlessly throw it back into your closet.
- Donate anything that doesn’t fit you right now. If you happen to do an amazing job shedding those kilos and make it back the the size you were when you were 16, I think that is reason enough to shout yourself to a shopping trip.
- Just because it fits, doesn’t mean you need to keep it. Think about your style and the clothes you feel most comfortable in. You may really love something, but if you take it off every time you try it on, it’s time to donate it.
- Consider your lifestyle. If you are a mum you probably don’t need 15 ball gowns or a collection of teeny mini skirts. It is sometimes hard to let go of your former life but all that stuff is just taking up room for your fantastic new life.
- NO SOMEDAY CLOTHES!! If that someday ever comes, you will probably want something different anyway. In my experience, someday clothes very very rarely ever get worn.
Once you have purged then purged some more it is time to put everything back into your closet.
I keep all my clothing in my closet at once (I don’t swap clothes for seasons, it is always freezing in Canberra!) but if you do swap, now would be a great time to put that off season clothing into storage.
When putting your clothing back into your closet, sort it into categories so it is easier to find. The order I use is, jackets, throw overs, pants, sleeveless tops, long sleeve tops, short dresses, maxi dresses and skirts.
I love having all my coat hangers the same however this isn’t essential. I just find it looks much more orderly and gives me that good feeling whenever I look into my closet.
Now for the second part of this task, pop your box or basket on the floor of your wardrobe. Every day for a week I want you to add one more item to be donated. If you put something on and don’t like how it looks, chances are you never will. Put it in the box and make room for something that makes you feel fantastic.
Hopefully now you have a wardrobe full of clothes that make you feel fabulous and you love to wear. Picking out your clothing in the mornings should no longer be such an ordeal because you can see what you have at a glance and don’t spend time everyday trying on clothes that don’t fit.