It's February already and the annual 'new me in the new year' is in full swing! Every year I make resolutions, goals and dreams to achieve in this fresh new start. My first personal/business project of 2015 is to get my life organized. I know you all have heard me talk about this process. I wanted to share each step I take (and sometimes miss/fall) with hopes to help someone get organized along with me! Let's get to it.
First step in my organizing process? Oh... the closet. This is a very, very close place in my heart. Obviously! And I would typically say to designate a room for such a wonderful place, but let's be honest, that isn't the most realistic option. So I decided to break the steps I'm taking down, and research a few next steps to help get this process started.
Purge. I suggest you throw on a pair of yoga pants and get to work in that closet. Grab a few boxes for donate, sell on ebay, or in my case archive. It's important not to hold on to the hoarder within. This is a fresh start, remember?
While you're at it, have a neighborhood garage sale. Chances are, your neighbs are dealing with the same over expanding closet issues. Put your stacks together and set up a fun garage sale. It will obviously be way more fun with your friends, too!
Here's a closet organizing checklist to help you through it!
Invest in a uniform velvet Huggable hanger. Especially if you have a wide variety of clothing that doesn't want to hang and stay on the average hanger. I prefer one uniform color, too. We recently switched to this method with this set of hangers and I enjoyed getting rid of the non-uniform hangers and seeing the quick transformation of our closet. Don't worry, we donated the hangers!
Hire a professional organizer. Believe it or not, there are people skilled in the art of getting you organized. Beth of Bneato Bar is my organizer of choice and in the coming months she will take me through several processes to clean this girl's life up. I have completed the first meeting with Beth and I can say that I highly recommend her already!
Snag an inexpensive IKEA bookshelf for your shoes. This seems to be the easiest and cheapest way to make the biggest physical change to your closet. Most likely your walls are white, so if you simply head to your local IKEA and grab the
Fold your sweaters! I feel like this is the most common mistake in everyone's closet. Sweaters are meant to be folded. The longer you leave them hanging, the worse their shape will morph! The best thing for your sweaters and sweatshirts is to fold them into organized stacks. This will free up some hanging space, too!
Create your own custom closet. If you want to completely give your closet a face lift and have the space for customized products, check out an online ordering system. There are Multiple websites dedicated to helping you build your own customized closet like Easy Closets and Closet Maid.
Now get to work! :)
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