Each year, we begin organizing and purging each room of our home starting in January.
This year, I started with our closets. We have now done all of the clothes closets, dressers and the linen closet, but we haven’t done the pantry yet. That one will take awhile.
When we purge anything, we make three piles: one to trash, one to donate, and one to keep. When we clean out the dressers and closets, we operate on a certain list of rules.
1. If it doesn’t fit right, donate it.
If you don’t wear it because it doesn’t fit, don’t hold on to it. If you don’t love it, don’t keep it. If you can honestly say either of these things, then give the garment to someone who’ll enjoy it. If it’s ripped, stained or worn, toss it. This rule applies to anything: clothes, shoes, accessories.
2. If it doesn’t go with three different outfits, don’t keep it.
Back in the dark ages when I kept everything, I had a closet full of cute clothes but nothing to wear with them. That is frustrating! I’d much rather have a few cute pieces of clothing that I can wear lots of different ways that lots of clothes that I can only wear one way.
3. Be ruthless
If you overthink it too much, you won’t get rid of anything! It’s way better to just ruthlessly toss, donate or upcycle without taking time to give it a second thought.
4. Don’t keep it if you aren’t using it regularly right now.
Don’t keep something just because you think you might need it. If you aren’t currently using something on a regular basis, get rid of it. If you need it later on down the road, you can go get one, but if you don’t need it, you won’t miss it.
5. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place.
The best way to de clutter is simply to not have any extraneous stuff! That can be easier said than done. Instead, have a specified place for anything and make sure it gets put away. And finally, conduct regular purges- at least twice a year to ensure that you stay organized.
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