How to Organize and Clean Out Your Closet

Where do you spend most of your time cleaning? If you are like most of us, it is in the kitchen or children's areas. However, when you are starting to try to control the chaos in your home, you need a relaxing place for you to rest at the end of the day. Start organizing your home with your master bedroom. When you have a clean room to go to at night, you will wake more refreshed the next day. This article explains how to organize the closet.

First, get two different colored trash bags. The best options are black trash bags such as lawn and leaf bags and white bags such as kitchen bags. Start going through your master closet and organizing it. Empty the closet out completely. As you empty, sort the items into three sections. Make decisions quickly. Only allow 10-15 seconds per decision.

Donations - If you have clothing or other items that are still in good condition, but you don't need or want it, put it in a white bag. Anything in a white bag will be donated. If you haven't worn it in a year, donate it. It you haven't used it in a year, donate it. If it doesn't fit, donate it. Goodwill takes donations of used clothing items as does the Salvation Army, AmVets and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). UCP and AMVets will pick donations up at your home and both accept furniture donations. Goodwill donations will need to be dropped off at a Goodwill and the Salvation Army. While both take furniture donations, they usually have a specific donation center for furniture donations. Give the local donation center a call and they will give you the furniture donation location. Don't forget to get a receipt. It won't include a list of items, only the date. You will need to fill in the items yourself. Donations are a tax write off.

Trash - When you find trash or items that have been kept beyond their usefulness, put it in a black bag. All black bags are trash. Don't be afraid to throw away those clothes that belong to your significant other that are well beyond wearable. Chances are, he won't notice. If he does, feign ignorance.

Keep - Choose a location to put the items you want to keep. One great way to make sure you finish the task is to put these items on your bed. You can't go to sleep with a pile on your bed!

Once your closet is empty, look at the space you have to work with. You may want to consider adding in some organizational tools such as a shoe rack, purse hanger, tie rack, or shelving. The point is to put your keep items back so that you can find what you are looking for. You are more likely to wear more of your clothes when you can see them all.

This is not a task for the faint of heart. It takes a while, but is well worth the effort.

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