Closets, closets, closets.
An unorganized closet can be a trap, where your money & things can go to die.
Where on the other hand, an organized closet can be a gateway to feeling good and getting the most out of your investments.
That’s why I find it so important to do closet clean outs, especially with growing little ones. Where there is always an endless cycle of revolving clothes.
Here I will share my fast, easy and effective ways of doing just that.
I do these twice a year in our house. One time in March to assess what is needed for the start of Spring & Summer. Then I do this again in early September to prepare for Fall & Winter.
Before starting any closet clean out, I first wash all clothes. This is important because I cannot tell you how bad it feels after completing this task only to find those miscellaneous items you missed and now need to sort or even take to consignment, yet again.
1. Always set a timer whether it’s on your watch, phone or even your Echo. I use 90 minutes for larger projects like this. It forces me to focus on the task at hand without getting overwhelmed.
2. Good music. This may seem silly but it is critical for me. I always have list going in my head. So this helps me stay on track and if the music is upbeat I tend to speed up my momentum.
3. Purging. This task is that simple. Don’t try and organize along the way. Just go through each clothing item as fast as you can. First check sizing, then look for tears and any stains.
Be sure to sort by size for consignment reasons. This allows for them to go through faster and easier. Some consignments may have an abundance of items in one size and not so much in another. This allows you to wait less and get your money faster.
Any items that have stains and tears place aside, as they will need to be donated. Consignments do not take anything with markings of any kind.
While sorting, you may find keepsake items. Separate these as well but remember the idea is to clean out and declutter. So this should be less than 5% of your clean out.
After the holidays, I tend to find two things in their closets. I find clothing they have been given. Some which, are too big for them just yet and then holiday themed clothing that they could wear the following year. Just as the others, separate and place aside.
4. After sorting is complete, you should now have piles all over the bedroom floor. Don’t let this overwhelm you! Just turning away and focus on the items that are left in the closet that are appropriate sizing for the next two seasons. Then start organizing by type; short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, pants, shorts and the list goes on. I am a strong component of hanging all your clothes and never putting them in drawers. This will visually tell you what you have and what you need very quickly. At this point take note of what your kiddos needs are at this moment. You will find this useful after consigning those outgrown clothes.
As for placement, my kids are pretty independent and to make my life easier, I place pajamas and the up coming season items on the bottom racks. This allows them to grab what is needed without assistance. Those items going out of season then are placed higher due to lack of need.
5. Now that the closet is cleaned, it’s time to address that bedroom floor.
First, go ahead and place all the items for consignment in a box or bin. In the box I place a piece of paper in between the clothing sizes for easy reference. Do not place in a trash bag, as this will only add an additional step when you get to the consignment store. Also with this, items can shift in a bag and you don’t want to undo all that work.
Now feel free to use that trash bag for those donation items.
By now you should have less than 3 piles left on the floor.
For any keepsake items, those should be labeled and stored in a clear plastic container for protection and immediately placed in it’s forever home; which for us is our attic. Do not allow these items back in the closet! The point of this is to eliminate the clutter.
Those items that are too big along with holiday items should then be placed in a clear basket or bin on a higher shelf. While I am not a component of drawers due to the lack of visibly, a small clear bin in the closet still allows for easy access and acts as a reminder when Fall & Winter come to check once again. Labeling this box would be an added bonus.
Right about now your timer should be going off and walla you have a clean and organized closet!
Take a moment to bask in your great work! Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish in 90 minutes? It kinda makes me feel like Wonder Woman.
While the closet is now clean, what do we do with that box of outgrown closet and trash bag of donations?
Some might think to immediately take those donations in but I actually address the consignment items first.
You might be asking why I don’t just sell those clothes on my own online. The truth is, I have been there done that. It takes entirely too long and too much effort when I can simply drive to a consignment store and get immediate cash. No making arrangements and no waiting game.
Any items that don’t sell are immediately added to the donated bag and taken in. Don’t forget to get a tax form when dropping these off.
What to do with that money you just made?
Remember when I told you to assess their closet at the end of organizing? You should now have knowledge on where the closet is lacking and use this new money to reinvest in those areas of the wardrobe.
Congratulations! I hope you now feel empowered and refreshed when you walk into your new clean closet!
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