Images are easier to process than words. Pinterest is full of images for ideas and possibilities for your closet. See the world of closet organizing ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=closet%20organizing
Now that it's warm outside, it's time to put away your sweaters and bring out the short sleeves. It's the perfect opportunity to reflect on what you wore this year and what you didn't. Any winter clothes you didn't wear can probably move onto a new home. Every piece you let go of makes more room in your closet and makes reaching for what you WILL wear easier.
What should I get rid of?
As you bring out each spring and summer garment, you'll see if your taste has changed, your size has changed, or if something looks old and tired and just doesn't flatter you any more. Unsure if something fits? Try it on now, not when you're dressing one morning in a hurry. Let it go if you don't love it. Replace it with something new that fits you as you are today.
Benefits of getting rid of old clothes
Remember, it's always a win when you let go of something. Donating to a charity like Goodwill or The Salvation Army helps others and is tax deductible. For your more valuable items, take them to a consignment shop for some extra cash to buy yourself something new.
Items in disrepair
Anything that's stained, ripped, or missing buttons is just clutter until it's mended. Drop it off at your tailor, seamstress or dry cleaner right away. If you plan on fixing it yourself, I commend you, but set a deadline. If you don't meet it, then take it out for repair. It's easy to bit off more than we can chew. Focus on the huge victory of a clutter-free closet instead of the smaller victory of doing smaller tasks like sewing yourself.
I used to forget appointments and even forget to pay bills on time, thinking the paper bills on my desk were reminders enough. Now that I'm older and wiser, I assume I'll remember nothing, so I relieve myself from the burden.
Sound familiar? Then try reminders. Put everything into your digital calendar and set reminders to email you at the appropriate time. Set email reminders for important phone calls, friends' birthdays, coupons with expiration dates, property tax bills, and even your tetanus shot 10 years into the future. The list is endless.
It takes some attention and effort to set up and get into the habit, but his new behavior can have a huge payoff (and if you'd like help setting up a system that works for you, I can help). You can even take it a little further and give yourself instructions in the description, like a link to the right webpage, a reminder about where a paper bill or coupon is, or account information. It might make your life easier, and that's what I'm all about.
Check out my new Pinterest board for organizing. I'll be adding to it regularly. Take a look and see if you see something that inspires you. Many of these ideas are super simple and easy to execute. You can even start your own board. Happy pinning!
Amy is an entrepreneur, and has been a successful designer and business owner since 1996. With an architect father and interior designer mother, she's been thinking about how to make a home work all her life. As a child, she loved organizing her closet and found designing her dollhouse more appealing than playing with dolls. She went on to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial design. Due to the breadth of her design education, she’s able to assess a room as a whole and instinctively know how to make it work better. Evaluating the contents and functionality of a space is second nature to her.