Hope you are having a great week! I am in the middle of selling my house. If you have ever sold a home while living in it with two young kids, you know how crazy that can be! I have been on a cleaning and renovating blitz and now it seems like most of the work is done and I JUST have to constantly keep my house perfect. (totally realistic with a one-year old cruising all over the place ;)).
Well one of the things that is nice about selling your house is that it forces you to clean up and get rid of all your junk. If you have listened to Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you know that minimalism has kind of become a trend. So trendy in fact that even my mom has been listening to minimalist podcasts. There is something empowering about letting go of your physical belongings. You feel lighter, freer, happier. In Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project” one of her missions to find more happiness IS cleaning out her closet …. so I’m going to suggest you do the same this month and I am going to tell you exactly how to do it.
Messy and unorganized spaces can make you feel messy and unorganized mentally so just imagine how much more productive you will be once you clean out your closet.
Here is what you will need:
- Huggable Hangers (get the kind by Joy Mangano because they tend to be the best quality)
- Trash Bags
- Hanging shoe container
Start by going through your clothes and putting them into 3 piles: Trash, Donate, Keep. In Marie Kondo’s book she suggests picking up each item and asking yourself if it brings you joy. I think this is a good template for deciding whether or not to keep an item. If you haven’t worn it in a year, it most likely needs to be donated or trashed. If it doesn’t fit, it most likely needs to be donated or trashed. If you are saving it for a Halloween Party that hasn’t yet happened, it most likely needs to be donated or trashed. YES, even if it has the tags still on it. Trust me you will feel so much better without all that clutter that you will never use. Put the items you will donate and the items you will throw away in separate trash bags.
Next, you are going to put all the items on the new Huggable Hangers. Maybe you think I am crazy for suggesting you go out and buy all new hangers but when you see how much space you save and how nice it looks with all uniform hangers you will understand. Also, your clothes will actually stay on the hangers! Organize your items by sleeve length and color.
With the hanging shoe container, you are going to fold your pants in half, then in half again and stack them in the little sections by color, brand or function.
And there you go! Your closet will be clean and you will be way more productive. Let me know if you try this. I would love to know how it worked out for you… I am loving my new closet space!
Here’s a picture of one of my closets: