The weather will soon cool down, and as the season changes you'll need to bring out or buy new fall and winter clothing. There's one problem - there might not be enough room in your closet, so a purge is definitely in order. But, sometimes this isn't easy to do, especially when you're invested or attached to some of the clothes you own, or you're overwhelmed by the whole idea of cleaning up and organizing.
Below are five easy steps to take in order to successfully nail the task:
1. Start by dividing your clothes into piles or categories. Segregate the ones that you will want to keep, donate or throw away. "My criterion for deciding to keep an item is that we should feel a thrill of joy when we touch it," said author Marie Kondo, according to GQ. "Items that we can't bring ourselves to discard even when they don't inspire joy are a real problem," added the author of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," which is available at Amazon. For items you no longer need, you can sell them online on sites like ebay or Craigslist.
2. Give your closet a good wipe and sweep to get rid of the dirt and dust. Place cedar in the closet to help deter moths. You don't what to find that gorgeous cashmere sweater destroyed in a few weeks! You can buy cedar blocks, cedar sachets and cedar sprays at home stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond or The Container Store.
3. Invest in a few closet organization items such as hangers, clip-on dividers and extra compartments or baskets for shoes, socks or underwear. Take note that there are different types of hangers and using the wrong one can deform your clothes, according to Who What Wear. Clip-on hangers are great for skirts, while multiple clip-ons or bar-style are useful for scarves. Padded hangers are best for avoiding creases in pants.
4. Start going over the pile of clothes you want to keep and organize it again into categories or groups - tops, bottoms, house clothes, sleep wear, underwear, etc. If you can enlist a friend to help you out as you organize, then it will be more fun to go through the laborious task. (And you'll have someone to tell you, "Seriously? Just toss it," when you're having a hard time letting go.)
5. Keep a list (an inventory) of your clothes and accessories. Revisit it in a few months or the next season and either start using, giving or throwing away what you haven't used in a while.