Decluttering that closet
How did that closet get that messy this quickly?
If you can't remember the last time you cleaned house, so to speak, in that closet, it's probably past time to act. If your clothes are starting to get too wrinkled because they're jammed in tight and surrounded by stuff you no longer wear, that's another red flag that a closet cleanse is in order.
It can be especially tricky if it's a his and hers closet. Getting rid of something your significant other is sentimentally attached to could cause trouble in paradise.
Just like a remodeling job in your house, it is necessary to tear down before you start to rebuild. Take everything out of the closet. You're likely to find some surprises, such as clothes or shoes you forgot you had.
Items you wear or use frequently can go right back, but make sure you retain a path for easy access. Out of sight can quickly become out of mind.
For the other items ask yourself some basic questions: Does it fit? Is it damaged? Is it still in style? It's true many items currently out of favour in the fashion world may make a return, but you have to decide whether you want to hold on until that happens.
For those items not making the cut, you may want to consider donating them to a charity that accepts used clothing. Make sure the item can be used by the charity. If not, throw it away. To make the job easier going forward, you can designate a basket or hamper in your closet for items you would like to donate at some point.
It's a good idea to replace clothes not currently in season with ones you're likely to wear soon. A fur coat will likely not be used much in July. Ditto for a bathing suit in January. Take advantage of all the nooks and crannies in your closet to ensure you're making maximum use of the space and don't' be afraid to look at adding shelving if it's a good fit for the space.
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