Ready to get a fresh start for the New Year? Is getting organized one of your resolutions? Start with your closet with About.com’s help and reap the benefits of not only an organized closet, but being able to get ready faster in the morning because you can find something to wear quickly and easily.
Before you begin, make sure you have the proper tools: shopping bags (to take clothes to Goodwill or the dry cleaners), a tape measure (to measure the space in your closet), pen and paper (to record measurements), a full-length mirror (so you can try on clothes and decide if you want to keep them), and a basket (for lose odds and ends that need to be relocated).
Next remove everything from your closet: clothes, accessories, closet organizers, everything, and give your closet a good cleaning. Dust the shelves and closet rods, vacuum the floor, and dust all baskets and bins.
Time to make two piles: toss and keep. When you try things on, ask yourself three questions: do you love it, do you wear it, and does it show the world the image you want to project? If the answer to all three is yes, put it in the keep pile. If you answer no to any of them, you need to consider whether this piece is worth keeping. If you’re unsure and decide to keep it, when you put it back, put the hanger the opposite way from all your other hangers. If you wear it, turn the hanger around. If after six months you haven’t turned the hanger around, you can be confident it’s time to say goodbye.
Now it’s time to put everything back. Group like objects together and place the pieces you wear most often the front and rarely worn items like formal dresses in the back. If you find you need additional organizational items like bins and boxes, first examine what you own and explore re-purposing items to control costs. If you do decide to buy new things, first measure the space 3 times so you don’t have to return things.
To maintain your neat space, go through your closet once a month and undertake a full re-organization at least twice a year.