1. Keep it, chuck it or donate?
Before you even start cleaning your wardrobe and taking out your clothes, think about what you want to do with them. If you decide to donate, choose who you want to give your unused clothes to. Once you know that, it’s easier to pick what goes to charity and what goes to friends. It also gives you a feel-good emotion.
Ask yourself: 1. Do I love this item? 2. Is it still in good shape? 3. Is this really still the style I’m going for? If you answer yes to all three questions, then it’s definitely a keeper. If you’re not sure, then ask yourself: What’s more necessary? Keeping the item or getting more space in the closet? If the item holds a sentimental feeling or memory, then ask yourself if its really the item you need to remember that thing? If not, then it’s gone like the wind!
3. Sorting, organizing and color-coding
The best way to clean a closet, especially a big walk-in one, is by organizing the items by function based on your thoughts, of course. When you’re getting dressed for example, if your first thought is about the occasion you’re dressing for, then sort your clothes by office wear, party wear, etc. Or you can sort the clothes by color if you think that makes it easier to find what you need.
5. Keep calm and keep going!
Once you have reached the three-quarter mark of your cleaning, you’ll be amazed at everything you’ve found and possibly even a little anxious about the “get rid off” pile. This is where I remind myself that I am who I am, not what I own. Hopefully, it can make you feel calm and relieved too. You can at least feel happy about all the space you have now!
6. Cleaning out the shoes
These also need to be organized and cleaned out. Also, consider how you store the shoes to make the most out of the space you have left.
7. Optimize for small living spaces
If you’ve got a small closet that isn’t deep enough for hangers, then you’ve actually got three good options. You can even check out Ikea for some extra inspo!
1. Hang hooks both at the back and on the sides of the closet where you can hang clothes or bags.
2. Install shelves from top to bottom and use the closet for folded clothes, bags, shoes and set up different storage boxes.
3. Use the inside of the closet doors for storage as well and you get the feeling of a mini walk-in closet when you open.
8. Pimp your closet
Match your hangers, hang a mirror, some paintings, paint in fun colors, or put up some wallpaper. All creative ways to liven up your wardrobe. Stay away from things that collect dust and make your clothes feel stale.
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