3 Closet-Related Organizing Tips for the New Year

• 05 January 2011





























With the year having just begun, I, like so many of you, have "organizing" on my mind; specifically, purging, de-cluttering, and anything else liberating! I've had a few thoughts this week about simple tips and mantras that have helped me over the years and made an impact on how we live. I'll be sharing them with you over the next week or so; but, first I'll begin with a couple of closet-related words of advice:

1. I once read this piece of advice in a magazine (sorry, can't remember which one !) and it resonated with me: "Don't buy anything on sale you wouldn't pay full price for". Meaning, don't buy a bunch of clothing and accessories just because they are on sale. If the cheap price tag is the only motivation for purchasing it, you'll likely shove it to the side of your closet and opt for favorite pieces instead. There is something to be said for simply buying pieces you love and will wear often and forgoing random pieces you don't feel comfortable wearing for one reason or another. Bottom line: save your money for clothing you thoroughly love.

2. Put into play the "1-year-rule". If you haven't worn an item of clothing for one year, then it's time to pay a visit to your local consignment shop or charity. Or, if you think a friend will put it to better use, pass it along to her. I choose "1 year" as a measuring stick as it covers all 4 seasons and surely if I haven't worn something at any time, during any season, then it's just not something I need taking up valuable space in my tiny closet!

3. After you edit your closet, go to IKEA and buy several, inexpensive sets of wooden hangers--both blouse and pant styles. Replacing all of your wire, plastic, and hodgepodge hangers with clean, wooden versions will make a huge impact on your closet's overall appearance. Talk about a huge, instant upgrade for minimal cost. If you're like me, opening up your closet will immediately become a source of calm, instead of chaos!

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image via Marie Claire Maison

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