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Make Time for a Closet Clean-Out

By Monica Friel

Are you tired of your current wardrobe? The universal 80-20 rule applies to our closets: we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Chances are, there are outfits hiding in your closet that  you’ve never thought about putting together. Doing a mid-season closet clean out is a great alternative to an expensive shopping spree,  and you may discover clothes and outfits in your own closet that will have a fresh new look once you do some organizing. Here are some closet clean-out tips:

  • Thoroughly evaluate. Don’t just gaze over the sections of hanging clothes. Actually go item by item making a decision about each and every piece you touch. This kind of thorough evaluation will help give you a new perspective.
  • Keep an Outgoing Bin. Make sure there’s a place in your closet for clothes you can eliminate/donate. This is especially helpful in kids closets where they are constantly outgrowing clothes and shoes.
  • Re-Hang. The right hangers can make all the difference. Here’s a quick video about some of our favorite hanger choices.
  • Look Up. Use every inch of vertical space in your closet. Keep a step stool handy for easy access to those higher up items.
  • Put Away. Think about the current season, are some items past their seasonal wearing time? If so, put them in containers, place them up high or out of the closet until next season.
  • Add Hooks. If you’re in too much of a hurry to hang, avoid the urge to toss things on the floor by adding hooks inside the closet. Clothes you’ve only worn for a short time that don’t need to be laundered yet are good on hooks.
  • Everything old is new again. You’ll be amazed what a fresh outlook the newly organized space will provide!

Thanks Monica for more great tips!  

Monica Friel

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