Organization Tips: Closet Edition
Speaking of my closet, here it is after my most recent seasonal purge and reorganization party:
Step 1: Acknowledge that you have a problem.
Step 2: Throwing things out.
But it's going to be okay! I feel so relieved when I get rid of unused items and my life suddenly becomes less cluttered. Here are my "Keep or Toss" guidelines:
Round 1: Have you worn it in the past 6 months? No? TIme to toss it. (Obviously this excludes seasonal and "special occasion" clothes.)
Round 2: Now that you've finished the first round, look through the remaining items for clothing with rips, holes, missing buttons, or general signs of "wear and tear". As a young professional, I really can't wear my favorite sweater to work if it has a gaping hole in the elbow, and I'm betting it wouldn't be appropriate for your workplace either. It's time to let the sweater go.
Round 3: During my final round of "keep or toss", I look through everything in my closet and ask myself the following question: "If I were to leave this ____________ at a hotel while out of town, would I call the hotel the next day and ask them to ship it to me?". If the answer is no for any item, I put it in the toss pile.
Step 3: Toss, Sell, or Donate
Plato's Closet: Plato's has over 10 locations in the Atlanta area and many more nationwide. They're inventory markets mostly to the preteen/teen age bracket.
Rag-O-Rama: Rag-O-Rama has 2 locations in Atlanta (Sandy Springs and Little 5 Points). They're merchandise has a hip, vintage vibe. This is the store where I get myself in trouble by selling a bunch of clothes and using that money to buy new things!
Buffalo Exchange: Buffalo Exchange is located on Ponce de Leon in the Poncey-Highlands area of town. They buy higher end designer items as well as vintage clothing. I've had a lot of success selling gently-used work clothes here.
FInally, if you have items left over after tossing and selling, please donate the rest to your local Goodwill! Not only is it supporting a great cause (they provide job training, employment placement, and other services to people facing employment challenges), but you'll also claim a deduction when those pesky taxes come around in April.
Step 4: Find an Organization System that Works for You
Step 5: Maintenance
Form the habit of neatness now! I know I wish I had listened to my mom more when I was younger...that's right kids.
Your mom is more-often-than-not, usually, most-of-the-time right.