When I bought my house the master bedroom closet was a wire system. How I grew to hate it. Sound familiar?
The day I installed my new custom closet system was like being reborn. It had everything I wanted: more hanging space, plenty of shelves, drawers for underwear, and a deep roll-out basket for socks. Perfect. Or so I thought. So what happened?
One day I woke up and couldn't find anything. I had to shuffle through piles of stuff crammed into my shelves; getting dressed in the morning had become an ordeal! And my neat, orderly closet was an unsightly mess. I'm embarrassed that it took so long to catch on to the problem. Especially since I have advised clients for years about the pitfall of this very issue. What I discovered was that I was digging through the same stuff every day to find the clothes I wanted to wear. Stuff like old jeans with holes in the knees that I thought would be useful for painting or really dirty jobs, but went unworn for years. There was stuff that didn't fit, or that I didn't like to wear but seemed too good to throw away, oh, and one huge pile of stuff that I thought might fit again some day. Get the picture.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Time to purge! Oh, yeah. I cleaned three large garbage bags of junk from a six-foot reach-in closet. What a feeling when that job got done. Now my jeans and sweaters and pajamas are all in their place. I'm finding things I enjoy wearing that had been buried out of sight. And it feels so good to reach in to just the right place and find what I am looking for.
Five Tips for Keeping Your Closet Organized:
1. Purge your closet at least once a year.
2. If it doesn't fit, get rid of it.
3. If you haven't worn an item in a year, get rid of it.
4. Get rid of wire hangers and replace with wood or trim non-slip hangers.
5. If you find it emotionally difficult to let go of old clothing, seek the help of a professional organizer. (NAPO)They specialize in helping folks just like you.
Organization is really about your quality of life.