This idea from bhg.com seemed ingenious to me. For your little ones, add a graphic on each drawer to indicate where clothes should be put away, keeping the room far more organized. WOW! Why didn't I think of that?!
How cool is this idea from reddit.com! Cut up pool noodles to keep shape in your boots when storing them. Cheap and easy. Gotta love it!
If it has been a year or more since you totally decluttered your closet, now is the time. Remember the rule of clutter--anything that does not bring you great joy or serve a purpose. That should help you decide what to get rid of.
First you want to clear out everything from the closet so it is totally bare. (Also good time to vacuum the floor while it is empty!) Each item you take out should go in one of the following piles:
Keep It fits, makes you look great, serves a purpose as you go places where it is suited, and you love it! If it needs repair, buttons replaced, hemming etc, set it aside to get it to the alterations lady! Put those in your car so you know to drop them off when you are next in that area.
Donate It no longer fits or doesn't flatter you, maybe it is too young for you now or you no longer attend the kind of affairs it is suited for--donate it so it can bring someone else joy and give you more closet space. If you think you might someday wear it, but haven't in the last year, let it go.
Ditch Worn bare clothes that are of no use to anyone can be trashed, or ripped up to use as rags.
Decide how you want your closet organized before beginning to replace the items you are keeping. I like all my tops together, short sleeve to long with order of color. I do the same for my slacks, etc. Do what works best for YOU!
Allow some time for this chore. You'll be rewarded with extra closet space at the end and an organized clothing, shoe and handbag supply. Plus, your donations are going to help others! And, making life easier to find what you want adds calm to your life. Get rid of the clutter--you deserve the calm.
Sometimes we can look at an item and find ourselves wondering if we should get rid of it. Simply ask yourself--Does this serve a purpose or bring me great joy? If the answer is no, it is time for it to leave your home. That may mean donating it, passing it along to a family or friend who can use it or ditching it. Try decluttering several hours at a time if you can schedule that into your week, or start with 15 or 20 minutes, if it is something you find difficult. It adds great calm to your life to be surrounded by things that only bring you great joy or serve a purpose and free of clutter!
Keeping a calendar right where you pay your bills, schedule appointments and reply to correspondence will help you make the task easier and quicker. I like mine posted next to my computer, since I do nearly everything there. Find a good place for yours and you'll see it offers a big help.
Steph has been organizing for over ten years. Her simple tips here can help you get and keep organized and add calm to your life.