Take your closet from chaos to calm
STEP ONE: Remove everything. This lets you see exactly how much space you have to work with. Prepare to be shocked by the amount of stuff that comes out of that closet.
STEP TWO: Now that you can see the light of day, give that closet a good cleaning from top to bottom. Follow with a fresh coat of white paint.
STEP THREE: Separate the items you removed. Most people hate this step, because it means getting get rid of everything you do not wear or use. But there’s no way you can get all of this back into the closet, so let’s buck up and get the job done. Label three containers:
— Keep: Only put items that you have worn or used at least twice in the past year into this bin. Be brutally harsh. If it doesn’t fit today, it’s not likely to fit any time soon. Get rid of it. If you’re in doubt, do not put the item into this bin.
— Sell or Donate: Clothes and other items that are not right for you (as evidenced by the fact that you never wear them) but can still be useful for someone else should go into this bin. What you consider ugly may be perfectly acceptable to someone else. Take this bin to a consignment store or hold a yard sale. Consider donating the items to The Salvation Army or Goodwill. You may get a tax break, but more importantly you will feel good. You can store all of these items in the garage or in the trunk of your car.
— Throw Away: Clothes and shoes that are worn out, hopelessly stained, broken or in some other state of calamity go into this bin. Work quickly to ease the pain. Empty this bin often to keep the process moving.