Follow these seven easy steps to closet organization and make your closet cleaning painless! You’ll feel more zen once you’re done, and you might find a whole new wardrobe lurking behind last season’s neons.
1. Set aside time to get this project done. Cleaning your closet won’t take a few hours. Set aside an entire afternoon and pick up a few boxes to help separate all your goods.
2. Take everything out. You can start with everything at once or with sections (closet/chest of drawers/under the bed), but clear out the space completely for a blank slate.
3. As quickly as possible, sort clothes into three piles (Keep, Toss, Maybe). Give yourself a set time—30 minutes for starters. Don’t think too much, just start sorting. Get rid of everything in the toss pile and keep everything in the keep pile. Anything you have a hard time deciding on should be placed in the maybe pile and kept for 6 months. After 6 months, toss any maybes you have not worn.
4. Clean, iron and fix everything you are keeping. Make sure all clothes are clean and ready to wear.
5. Hang, fold and organize. Once everything is clean, put it all back in the closet and drawers. A great way to organize is by color, style or type. Try out a few options and keep what works for you.
6. Deal with the toss pile immediately. The longer you keep that toss pile, the more likely you are to keep things you will never wear. Donate old clothes to any of these organizations>
7. Relax and bask in your closet’s beauty. Take a deep breath and enjoy the feeling of being organized! Reward yourself with a glass of wine, a good meal or a new clothing item you have been lusting after. You deserve it!
-Erin Kilmartin from thecultivatedhome.com
Nina Freudenberger attended Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture. She moved to New York City to accept a position at a prestigious interior design firm. After four years working as a senior designer, Freudenberger ventured out on her own and founded Haus Interior, an interior design firm specializing in the decoration of high-end private residences, model homes and commercial spaces. In June of 2009, she opened the flagship home accessories boutique for Haus Interior in Nolita, New York City, with additional locations coming soon.
GIRL TALK TIME: Have you cleaned out your closet this year? How did you do it? What did you toss? Any tips or tricks for doing this?