- Take everything out and sort into three piles: keep, donate and toss. Be ruthless!
- Use the three Fs. Does it fit? Does it flatter? Is it fashionable? Don’t keep clothes just because you might fit into them again, or they might come back into fashion – styles change.
- The toss pile should be items that aren’t in good-enough condition to donate, such as things with unfixable broken straps, holes or stains.
- Get rid of the ‘toss’ and ‘donate’ bags straight away. Put the toss one in the bin and take the donate bag to your local charity.
- Plan how everything will be arranged. You may need wire baskets or clear plastic boxes. New coat hangers can make a huge difference.
- Decide the best way to organise your clothes. Either group like items together by putting shirts, pants and skirts together, or organise them in respective categories, like casual, work and dressy.
- Put items you wear often, eg work clothes, within easy reach. Casual clothes can go in shelves.
- Store shoes you wear regularly in hanging shelves which attach around the rods with velcro. Store the rest underneath in a basket or box.
- Use over-door hooks in wardrobes, or attach stick-on hooks inside doors for belts and scarves.
- Put wire-rack drawers under short hanging items. They’re perfect for socks, hosiery or underwear.
- Make use of under-bed space. Store off-season clothes, bags and shoes in big plastic containers.
This is definitely one job that deserves a feet up, coffee in one hand (Cocktail if your prefer) and chocolate in the other moment once completed and will help the needy as well as yourself.
We will tackle the kitchen next week.