Are you overwhelmed at the amount of clothing in your closet? Many people crave organization and control in their closets, but many do not know where to start. How do you organize something that is so filled and daunting? These methods will help you to declutter your closets and achieve optimal organization in your household.
Transition between different seasons
If you live in a four season state, it is likely that you have more clothing items than average. You have to change out your entire wardrobe, sometimes four times per year. Instead of keeping last season?s clothing items in your closet, make it a point to transition between the different seasons. As the summer season comes to an end, go through every piece of summer clothing item. Box up the ones that you want to keep and place the items you do not wear or no longer want into a clothes donation pile. Do the same process with each season and you will find that you have significantly decreased your clothing items within the year.
Give your unused clothing items another purpose
Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of getting rid of your unused clothing items is that feeling of guilt. You know that you paid a good amount of money for it and you consider the many families in need that would appreciate it. Thus, you feel guilty throwing it out. Instead of throwing it out or pointlessly leaving in the back of your closet for months to come, use it for the purpose of helping families in need. Charitable donations are a cost affordable way of helping families in need. When you assign this new purpose to your unused clothing items, you will find it easier to get rid of them.
Replace a set number of items with a new one
Most people enjoy shopping but avoid doing so because of an already filled closet. When you donate clothes, you are not only helping families in need, but you are also freeing up valuable space in your closet. You can motivate yourself to arrange a charity clothing pickup by promising yourself a new item for each set number of donated items. While promising yourself one new item for each item donated does not make much sense, you could find one that does. For example, allow yourself a new piece of clothing item for every five items that are donated.
This same process works well when encouraging family members, especially children to donate their unused clothing items or toys. The average American purchases 10 pounds of previously used clothing each year. What if you could have new clothing items as a reward for your scheduled donation pick up?
Rotate your current clothing items out
If organizing your closet every season seems like too daunting of a task, there are easier ways to achieve the same purpose. As you wear and wash clothing, place it at the end of your closet line. After six months, go through the items that never made it to the front of the line. If they are not a special occasion item or something that has meaning to you, donate it. These items will be important in helping families in need.
Don?t throw any clothing item out
The average American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year. Additionally, Americans only recycle or donate about 15% of their used clothing. The rest, about 10.5 million tons a year goes into landfills, giving textiles one of the poorest recycling rates of any reusable material. Instead of making the decision as to what can be reused and what cannot, allow your local charitable organization to make that decision.
Most households have many unused clothing items sitting in the back of their closets. These clothing items take up valuable space and have no purpose. Going through your closet and donating the items that you no longer want or wear will help families in need.