This weekend I decided to complete one of my New Years Resolutions ahead of time (or, just in the nick of time if you consider that it was on my list last year as well!). I cleaned out my closet. I went through each dresser drawer and all of the hanging clothing and made a keep pile and a donate pile. My drawers had become a hodgepodge of clothing—t-shirts, jeans, and workout clothing were together. I decided to have each drawer be for a different category of clothing—t-shirts, jeans and corduroys, workout clothes (and t-shirts that I wear to the gym), undergarments, sweaters and sweatshirts, and pajamas. I think that I am bad at getting rid of clothing because I always think of some sentimental value the clothes have or decide that
I might want to wear it. This time I tried clothing on to see whether or not it fit. I had read that one of the best ways to get rid of clothing is to try it on and get rid of it if it doesn’t fit properly, isn’t comfortable, or doesn’t make you feel good. I ended up with a huge pile of clothing to give away and drove it over to the Salvation Army the next day. My drawers are all more organized and it makes it so much easier to get dressed in the morning! I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t as much fun as the scene in the Sex in the City movie where the ladies clear out Carrie’s closet but I’m glad that I did it!
I decided to do some research before publishing this post and read Oprah’s Closet Cleaning Tips. Oprah cleaned her friend Gayle’s closet with the help of Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo from Visual Therapy. According to Garza the first step is to create “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” piles. Garza and Lupo ask three questions when looking at each item of clothing, “Do I love this? Is it flattering? Is this the image that I want to portray?” If you answer no to any of the three questions it should go in the “no” pile. When Garza and Lupo cleaned out Gayle’s closet they created “an archive” which contained, “old clothes that you likely never wear, but which have sentimental value.” These clothes should be stored elsewhere. This tip helps with one of the difficulties that I had with clearing out my closet! After getting rid of items in Gayle’s closet they organized items by color and organized shoes with one facing forward and one facing backwards. Jesse explained that the shoes are organized this is way, “because now you can see what the heel height is.” I haven’t organized according to color yet but I’ll keep that in mind for a rainy day (although I think it will have to be organized by print because I have a lot of Lilly!)
- Make three piles: yes, no, and maybe
- Try clothes on
- Ask yourself the three questions
- Choose items that you want to archive
- Organize clothes by category (i.e. workout)
- Organize by color
- Organize shoes with one facing forward and one facing backwards (or, if you have a small closet like me, buy a shoe bag to hang on your closet door.)
- Head to your nearest Salvation Army and help make a difference in someone’s life (or at least their wardrobe!).