Thanks for stopping back to check out blog post #2! In my first post I took some time to introduce you to Tidy Style and how it came to be, and now that we got that out of the way it is time to get down to business and start organizing!
Whenever I start an organizing project, the first thing I do is SORT. I take everything out of the space that I am going to organize and I decide what I am going to keep, sell, and donate. At times this can get a little messy and almost seems like you are doing more harm than good, but trust me it is what you have to do to truly organize all of the clutter. When it comes to organizing, the saying is true – less is more!
What I do to help me get started with this process is I get out a few big tubs – like the ones here from Target. These are 66 Qt. clear tubs (I usually like to use clear so I can see what I have in there). Next, I label each of them with one of the following: Keep, Sell, Donate. Then, I dig in!
This process can be used in almost every space in your home, however today I am going to focus on the master bedroom closet. If you are like me, there are times when it seems like you could not possibly fit one more item in the closet because your clothes are already jammed together and have no room to breath. If this is the case in your closet, it is time to take my advice and start sorting! The sorting process can be a bit of a challenge at times, I know it is for me. You have to be cut-throat about what you keep and what you do not, otherwise you will end up keeping things you will never wear, that will continue to clutter your closet. The rule of thumb is to get rid of any item that you have not worn in the last 6 months. I tend to lean towards 1 year because here in MN sometimes winter lasts a little long, and I may not even see a pair of shorts for 6 months because they are packed away for the season. As you are sorting (and being very critical of what you decide to keep), put the items in the appropriately marked tub. If there are items that need to be sewn or dry cleaned, etc. put those in a separate pile – lets says that it’s the “to be taken care of” pile. You can also make a pile for items that you are not sure what you want to do with. These items you will have to address when all of the sorting is finished, but can be set a side for now.
Once you have finished your sorting, take the donate and sell tubs and set them aside. My suggestion would be to put the lid on them and get them out of sight temporarily, so you don’t have any second thoughts – we will discuss what to do with them later. Next, you can start organizing the items that you decided to keep into categories and get them back in the closet. I like to organize my closet by the type of item (versus color) – tank tops, short sleeves, long sleeves, etc. I really like these huggable hangers that you can also pick up at Target – they are said to save a lot of space, and help keep items on the hanger with their velvety surface. I have not completely switched over my closet to these yet, but plan to in the near future because I have friends who swear by them. If you are lucky enough to have shelves in your closet, use them! Ryan was kind enough to install some for me in our closet, which helped us utilize more vertical space. I tend to fold all of my delicate sweaters because I hate when you get the hanger indent on the shoulders – I also fold my jeans, shorts, workout pants, and sweatshirts. I used left over shelf space for accessories and a couple of bins that contain my swimsuits and workout tops. As for my shoes, I used stacking shoe racks similar to these, because they allowed me to utilize some empty vertical space that I had.
The last step in the process is to store all of the out of season clothes, accessories, and shoes. I like to use fabric bins similar to these – from where else, Target. I think they are nice enough to leave out on a shelf in the closet, and have a clear front so you can see what is in them. At this point, you should have everything back in your closet, neatly organized, and all that is left to do is find a place to take your donate and sell items. I have donated many times, and have also sold a lot of my stuff – both options are great for getting rid of anything you no longer have a need for. I typically donate most of the items, but if I have a designer purse or pair of shoes, etc. I usually try to sell them in a consignment store or on eBay.
Here are a couple of places that you can donate or sell your items (click to find a location near you):
Donate – Drop Off:
Donate – Pick Up:
I have used all of the above in one way or another, and would recommend them all. Chose the option/s that works best for you – and that is available in your area (most of the above are national organizations and available in many states).
Below is a quick amateur pic of my closet. It is a work in progress, so check back for updated posts once it is complete!