Spring and fall are great times to de-clutter closets. If you want to be really thorough you may want to start by taking out the entire contents (or one area at a time) and clean the walls, floor and shelving. Next, evaluate each item and be ruthless in your decision-making. If something doesn’t fit, or you haven’t worn it in more than 6-12 months it’s time to let it go. Don’t hang onto items that are too small in the hopes that they may fit again…maybe they will someday, but in the meantime they will conjure up bad feelings every time you look at them. So say goodbye to them, and when you do lose the weight you will be able to reward yourself with stylish, new clothes to fit your new shape. Use the same purging process for shoes, scarves, belts, ties and purses.
Return clothing on suitable hangers, like slim-line (velvet coated) hangers that will retain the shape of your garments and prevent slipping. For heavier items like suits and coats you may want to use wooden hangers. Group clothing into categories such as dressy, casual, short or long-sleeved, pants, skirts etc. Next sort each category by color to help you find what you are looking for within seconds. Sweaters should be folded and stored on a shelf or in a sweater box since their weight will often lead to stretched out shoulders.
There are many great options to store your shoes and other accessories, depending on your budget and preference. Home organizing stores like Bed Bath & Beyond or The Containerstore are great places to start your search. Regular purging will make your future closet organization a breeze. Keep the “one in, one out rule” in mind when you bring home new clothing from now on.