Cleaning out Your Closet

Cleaning out Your Closet
This article specifically talks about cleaning out your Bedroom closet. However, the tips and tricks can be applied to any closet in your living space. When you have so much, it takes more time to clean and organize. It's good to seasonally go through and purge and clean up your closets. If you haven't done this in a very long time then you will need to set aside more time to get it done. If you are a regular closet clean-er out-er then you should be in and out in 30 minutes or less.

First things first:
Get a good music playlist going. Not only will this make cleaning more fun, it will keep you energized. Next you will want to remove everything from your closet. Pull out whatever you have going on in there. Place clothes, accessories and shoes on your bed. If you have stuff that doesn't really need to be in your bedroom closet, this is a great time to store it in the garage, get rid of it or put it away where it really needs to go. This isn't the time to put anything in piles (unless it obviously needs to be thrown away or donated). Otherwise just do a quick pull out.

You are going to want to vacuum the floor, wash the walls, dust the shelves and wash any windows that might be in your closet. If you have a large closet , you might have a dresser in there. You can do it at the same time. Dust it, oil it, vacuum out the drawers, etc.

What's Next:
If you have a king-sized closet, this might be a good time to take a break: go for a walk, take a short drive, etc. Otherwise, we have come to the SORTING place in the schedule of events. You want 4 piles: keep, donate, trash (clothes that are beyond repair and saving) and save. The difference between Keep and Save piles is simple. You have items that you want to keep but that you don't want to wear - maybe for sentimental reasons or maybe you just aren't ready to part with them. Don't over think things right now. Just quickly sort. Once you get to the end of your pile, get the trash out right away. Next you will want to get the Donate pile bagged up and in your vehicle or garage asap. You don't want to let it sit around because that is when you start second guessing your thought processes.

Once you are to the point of putting everything back in to your closet, think about what is the easiest way for you to manage your items. Some people like to sort things of like together, others like to color coordinate. Figure out what works for you. Get your Saved items into a box. Either store them up high in your closet or in your garage or even under your bed. These are things you want to preserve, but you don't want to have taking up valuable real estate in your closet.

The very last thing to do is change out any of your sachet's or smell goods in your closet. You are set for another 3 months! Good job! Mission accomplished!

Make it a great one!

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