The first thing I like to do is take everything out of shelves and pile it all on the floor. I then make three piles: keep, donate, throw out. After I only have the "keep" items in front of me, I divide into what can be worn in the current season and then put away as much as I can so I can have as much closet space as possible. From there, I decide which sections I want for what (ie. a workout shelf, a row of shoes, a pile of school skirts, etc.) and start folding!
If you have been inside my closet, you would know that when it comes to my hanging clothes, I am extremely OCD. We're talking a mini freak out if anyone touches my rack of hangers and messes up the evenly spaced items that I have arranged. Ideally, I would love to have all identical hangers, but a girl can dream right? My advice is to keep only the pieces you are currently wearing on a rack and then organizing by type of shirt (for example button downs, sweaters, etc.) Mine doesn't always end up like that, but it's helpful for dressing for the weather. (P.S. Do you think I like navy and pink at all?!)
Other than that, I recommend cleaning up once a week (or once a day if you can!) so large amounts of clothes don't pile up on the floor. It's so tempting to keep things out after doing laundry or getting home from a trip, but the more you keep up with it all the cleaner your closet will be!
Any closet cleaning tips to share?
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