Minimizing Your Wardrobe

Do you find yourself searching through your closet for a big event and still feel like you have nothing to wear? It may be time to filter through the wardrobe you’ve acquired and rid your closet of things you just don’t wear anymore.

What should I keep? 

Going through the years of clothes you’ve collected can be a week-long task. Start by filtering through your possessions in sections. Start with shoes, then shirts, and so on. Although it may be time-consuming, consider trying on each item and looking at yourself in the mirror. Some of the things you’re holding onto may not even fit you anymore. If it no longer fits or is no longer your style, toss it in a donation bag.

Another thing to be on the look for is damage. Does a piece have a stain, a missing button, or a small tear? If so, it’s time to let go of it. You should also think back to the last time the item you wore it. If you haven’t used the outfit in the past year, it’s most likely time to let go.

Breaking the attachment. 

You may be holding onto a particular item in hopes of having an occasion to wear it. Keeping “just in case” things can take up space in your closet that you could utilize for pieces you can use regularly. Eliminate unused pieces by only keeping one outfit per occasion. You can also minimalize your wardrobe by only keeping items that are versatile. For example, keep clothing items that can be dressed up or worn casually. Choose to keep clothing items that are colors you’re already comfortable wearing. If it makes you uncomfortable when you try it on, it’ll most likely stay hidden away in your closet. Break the attachment on clothing you hope to wear one day by keeping items you genuinely love seeing on yourself.

The Maybe Box. 

Purging your closest of unworn items may be scary because at one point in your life you’ve gotten rid of something and then later regretted it. If you’re having a hard time letting go of an item because of fear of missing it, create a maybe box. Toss these types of articles into a box and set a deadline on when to get rid of them. For example, set a deadline for two months from now. If you do not think of any of these items in that period, then it’s time to say goodbye to them. If you do happen to reach for a particular item in the box, then keep it. 

Saying goodbye to clothing you’ve accumulated over the years can be tough. We sometimes feel an attachment to clothing because of the memories associated with them. By getting rid of old items, you’re making room for making new memories. If you’re having a hard time filtering through your closet, call a local professional home organizer in your area for assistance.

Benefits of Organizing Your Basement

If you’ve lived in your house for more than five years, there’s a good chance that clutter and disorganization is gradually taking over your basement.

While you probably had the best of intentions when you first moved in, that valuable storage space may now have deteriorated into a hodgepodge of scattered furniture, holiday supplies, old toys, boxes, and miscellaneous junk.

If you’re considering selling your house in the near future, straightening your basement will soon become a high priority item. Not only is an organized basement an important aspect of staging a home, but it’s a key step in preparing to pack your belongings and move to your next location.

As you’ll discover when you start sorting through your old belongings, there will also be opportunities to make money, save money, and help other people.

  • Finding old treasures: One result of tackling a basement organization project is that you’ll find usable, lost, and valuable things you forgot you even had. Whether something is valuable or pure junk, stored belongings have a way of getting buried and hidden away for years in basements. Once you start grouping things together and throwing away stuff nobody needs, it won’t take long before a semblance of order begins taking shape! The longer it’s been since you’ve organized your basement, the more satisfying it will feel to get it underway and done!
  • Money-making options: A well-organized garage sale can be a profitable way to get rid of things you no longer use or want. If you haven’t taken the time to pull out belongings that are buried, hidden, or boxed up, then it’s difficult to find what’s available to sell. When your stuff is already organized and ready to be carried outside, preparing for a garage sale is generally easier, faster, and more efficient. If you just have a few items you want to sell and don’t want to be bothered with a garage sale, there’s also the alternative of publicizing it on social media, classified ads, flyers, or word of mouth.
  • Donating to worthy causes: If you happen to have furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, working appliances, or kitchen supplies you no longer need, there’s also the option of donating it to charitable organizations, such as the Salvation Army, homeless shelters, or other community service groups. If you keep good records or get a detailed receipt from the charity, there may be the chance to deduct the donation on your tax returns. The best source of information on tax-related matters, of course, would be your accountant.

Whether you’re planning on moving soon or staying put for a while, taking a few hours to straighten out your basement will not only be personally satisfying, but you could make some money on the side or help underprivileged families in your community.

Closet Organization Tips

Do you have countless pairs of pants, shirts and shoes? Do you ever wonder where you put that favorite top? Or why all of your pants fit in a certain space last month but they don’t now? Closet struggles are common but there are ways to fix those problems.

Here are a few favorite tips for making the most of your closet:

Donate, Sell or Toss: First and foremost, go through everything in your closet. A good rule to live by is to get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year (unless it’s a specialty item such as a dress for a wedding). We tend to hold onto things that we hope one day will fit again or will come back into style but those are not wise ways to think when you are trying to optimize space in your closet. From there it is up to you what to donate, sell or toss.

Organize: Next is to organize. Make piles of what’s left based on clothing type and then organize by color. This will make your life so much easier when it comes to looking for clothes. You’ll know exactly where each type of clothing is if you put them all together and if you categorize by color you’ll always be able to find what you’re looking for.

Systems & Layout: If your current layout isn’t working for you then maybe it’s time to reassess and purchase a new closet system. Simple systems can be found at many retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot. If you are looking for more intricate pieces and systems that aren’t too costly then your best bet is IKEA. Consider adding a wardrobe or additional closet to your space if everything won’t fit in your current closet. IKEA’s closets and closet systems are fairly customizable so you can choose for what works for you.

Best practices: For drawers, fold clothing and stack vertically so that they are stacked from the front of your drawer to the back. This will allow you to see each piece of clothing in your drawers so you’ll never need to dig through to find what you’re looking for. Clear storage boxes are perfect for shoes, belts and accessories. You’ll be able to see inside and won’t lose track of your stuff.

It’s important to take into account the size of your closet, if you have additional space to add in other furniture for storage, and the type of system/storage that will work best for you and your wardrobe. If you have a lot of items that need to be hung or you just prefer to hang your clothes then you will want to go with a system that has more hanging space than drawer space and vice versa if you like to fold your clothes and store in drawers. Be mindful of your space and your stuff and you’re on you way to an organized closet.

Do You Have Clutter ?

We are all guilty of it, some worse than others. Homes all over America are brimming with clutter. Do the closets in your home trigger a small avalanche every time you open them? Are your basements and attics filled to capacity with boxes of your adult children’s baby clothes and toys? Do you have holiday decorations from 25 years ago tucked away in corners of your home? The typical American has the tendency to hoard objects and it is becoming an epidemic.

Most of us have more objects entering the house than we have exiting the house. It does not take long before all this stuff over burdens the storage systems in the home. We just keep shopping and bringing in more stuff than we are getting rid of. Eventually our counters are muddled with papers, our cabinets are stuffed to the max, and our garage is no longer a place we can store the car. Instead the garage is just another room filled to capacity with boxes and bins of junk.

All this clutter is suffocating us and stealing our time and energy. It complicates our life and causes stressful situations when we spend our time searching for missing items. Clutter can impact our social life as well, making us afraid to let our friends into our home. It’s time to simplify our life and get rid of the clutter! By clearing out the clutter in your home you begin to reclaim your space and your time. Living a simplified life with less stuff will allow you to live in harmony with out all the chaos. Own less and live more, keep it simple.