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Springing into organization

Posted: February 25, 2014 10:24 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2014 5:00 a.m.

I recently read an article online about ways to get your wardrobe ready for spring and the one thing it encouraged, above everything else, was organization. It suggested that the time between the end of winter and the beginning of spring was a very important time to evaluate what you need and what you don’t when it comes to clothing.

I do enjoy a good opportunity to “go through my clothes.” It’s an activity I’ve been doing since my very early years. The best thing about sorting through my clothes is finding an item or two that I’d forgotten I had and getting to wear it as though it were brand new.

It’s so fun to hear someone say, “Is that a new shirt?” and be able to answer, “No! I’ve had it for awhile.” Yes, it sure is a wonderful feeling to sort through your clothes knowing that you’ll be getting rid of some of it. Which gives you an excuse to go shopping again.

The article suggested looking at your closet and evaluating how best to use the space you have available. For some people, shoes take up the most space. Others try to fit items such as suitcases or unused blankets in the same space as their daily wardrobe. While it may be tempting to do so, it can certainly make the area more crowded.

One thing no one needs any more of in their life is stress in the morning when they’re trying to get ready. Keeping non-clothing items stored separately from clothing is a great way to streamline your closet and to keep you from getting distracted when attempting to select an outfit for the day.

When it comes to my own closet, I’m certainly guilty of piling up too much junk that I don’t use. One reason for this is that a closet tends to keep things you don’t want or need to use -- but also don’t want to discard -- out of sight and out of mind. However, that tends to lead to cluttering and crowding. Spring cleaning and more importantly, spring reorganizing, helps cut down on the clutter.

What I like to do is pick a Sunday afternoon when I have a good four or five hours open to devote to sorting and just pull everything out of the closet and into the center of the room. Then I, literally, look at every single piece of clothing and evaluate whether or not I want it. By the end of the whole process, I usually have a big trash bag filled with clothes I’m ready to part ways with. Don’t worry, I never just toss them out. I either take them to Goodwill or to my grandmother. Both sources find a way to give them to someone in need.

While reorganizing is certainly a large process to undertake, it is definitely worth the time and effort. One final thing this inspiring article suggested is to approach the project with the mindset that your closet is being rejuvenated and refreshed. It’s like giving it a makeover or a new hairstyle. Not only does it look better and feel better, you may be surprised to find out that it’s more functional too.

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