The first rule of thumb, “Don’t’ throw anything away”, and secondly, “Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure”. By keeping these two rules of thumb, you’ll be well on your way, not only to gaining more storage space for more important items in your closet, but you’ll also be bettering the environment, and you’ll be putting money back into your pocket. You should always have a specific place for everything, so that you can find it in a hurry. Your clothes shouldn’t be strewn around your bedroom or piled up on top of each other in your closet like a hoarder. I know I sound like your mother, but someone’s got to do it. So get ready to put some comfortable but stylish clothes on, because your going to tackle your closet.
Start by organizing your clothes by either color or type of garment. I found the latter to be best, and I don’t want to offend anyone, but if all of your clothes are the same color, please seek professional help, there’s nothing I can do for you…hahaha. On a more serious note, the goal here is to sort all of your similar attire together. For instance, ladies should organize their clothes in the following manner:
- “Tank tops’, that need to be on a clothes hanger should be sorted together,
- ‘Short sleeve shirts’
- ‘Long sleeve tops’
- ‘Evening tops’
- ‘long pants’
- ‘short pants’
- sport outfits
I have found this to be a better method to organize a closet, than what your other mother had taught you, which was to put all of your winter clothes into storage somewhere and then dig them out the following year. Whoever thought of that must have had a lot of other storage space. Nobody I know ever complains about having too much of any kind of storage space, we can always use more. Your clothes were never meant to be in a box sitting in the garage, saturated with the smell of gasoline from your car’s engine, nor urinated on by a cat or a rodent that only lives there seasonally, or eaten by moths. Furthermore, lets be honest with ourselves, haven’t we all wished we hadn’t put that sweater away on that slightly cooler than usual summer night.
Now, not only have you made logic out of chaos in your closet, but you will have made the following pile of clothes that will fall into one of these three categories:
1. Items you have never worn, or
2. Items that you will never wear again, or
3. Items that you shouldn’t be caught dead in.
Go ahead and let a deep sigh of relief out, your in the last stretch. Now, all you have to do is get three garbage bags and fill them per the following three separate criteria:
1. Fill one bag with clothes that are stained or torn. Don’t throw these away. Use them as rags to clean your house or car with.
2. Fill the second bag with brand-name or couture clothes that you’ve either out grown because they’ve shrunk in the washer and dryer, or because you’ve lost or gained some weight, or you’ve just decided your never going to wear. Take those items to your local consignment resale shop, where they will hang safely awaiting their new owner, and put money back into your pocket. Couture Exchange is a resale store for ladies clothes located at 12402 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, phone #(818) 752-6040. Armani Wells is a store that sells both new and resale clothes for men and is located at 12404 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, phone # (818) 985-5899. For more information see the following link: http://www.armaniwells.com/
3. Fill the third bag with clothes that are not stained, nor torn, and are not brand-name articles of clothing (unless your not going to resell them). Then, take this bag to your local Salvation Army store www.salvationarmy.org. Someone less fortunate than you will be grateful for the good deed you have done, and in return you will walk away feeling good about yourself, and with a receipt for a tax deduction. There is a Goodwill that has a fast and easy drop-off center located at 12912 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, phone # (818) 755-2847. To find your local Goodwill donation store click on the following link: www.goodwill.org
After you’ve done all of the above, you will have gained more storage space in your closet, a tax deduction, money in your pocket, done a good deed for the environment by not throwing anything away, and made some people very happy. Now, you can make yourself a cup of decaf tea, and have a good night, because you deserve it!
If you feel the above is overwhelming and is something you need help with, I’m here also to offer my assistance. Or perhaps you’ve gone through your closet and think it’s time for a whole new wardrobe. Either way, my freelance services as a Home & Garden Decorator also include beautifying individuals. Your home says a lot about you, and vice versa. If you would like me to help organize your closet/home and/or do some shopping for your new look, and you live near Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley area, don’t hesitate to contact me either via email at Lili.Katz@yahoo.com.