January 7, 2013

Getting Organized in 2013 Challenge #4 Master Closet

I am so sorry I left you hanging for a couple of days.  I was under the weather and then Sundays are our family day, so I will usually not have a post or challenge on Sundays to give you a day of rest as well!

Getting Organized in 2013 - Challenge #4... The Master Closet

This time we are tackling the closet.  So grab your three bins again (trash, donate box, bin for things that don't belong) and head in there.  I know it can be a scary place.

Today is a day that I REALLY want you to think.  Today is a day to really really purge.  It may be a hard day, but I KNOW you can do it!

1. Carefully go through each item of clothing and evaluate it.

  • Does it fit well?
  • Does it make me feel good about myself when I wear it?
  • Is it in style?
  • Is it in good shape?
  • Have I worn it in the last 6-12 months?
If the answer to ANY of these questions, is NO, then OUT IT GOES!

Some people think I am crazy, but I seriously go through my closet about every 2-3 months.  And it isn't that I am getting new clothes all the time (I rarely do).  But you want the clothes in your closet to reflect your best self.  If it doesn't, don't wear it!

Now, there are a few things that you know you are going to keep, despite it not following the rules.  I of course have clothes that I use for working in the yard, painting, etc.  They just aren't my every day clothes.  (It just so happens that one of my paint t-shirts is my high school senior class t-shirt....silly I know!)  

As far as the size thing goes...I KNOW the feeling of wanting so much to be in a smaller size and working to try and achieve it (sometimes).  So, I actually DO have clothes that are not my current size in my closet.  BUT, they are in a marked bin in the top of my closet.  Not taking up valuable space.

Besides going through clothes, I also want you to evaluate your shoes, handbags, scarves, hats, belts, and anything else you have in your closet.  Remember that your closet is part of your sanctuary.  You want it to be a place that makes you feel good when you are getting ready for the day.  And, if you can get your hubby to do his purging too...even then better!

Remember the basic steps to An Organized Family

      1.    Remove Everything
2.     Decide what goes back
3.     Divide what doesn’t go back into 3 piles, baskets, bags, etc.
           a.       Trash
           b.      Goes somewhere else
           c.       Give away
4.     Decide the best way to put things back in the space you have.
5.     Label it
6.     Put it away
7.    Keep it in Order!!!!

Remember to post before and after pictures!

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