Clutter is known to add stress to our lives. De-cluttering, while it is a job that requires some work, will always pay off in the end when you are left with a more peaceful, happy home. Fall is a great time to de-clutter your home and one great place to start is with your closet.
A fall closet clean-out can help you approach the holiday season with more organization and preparation, which only helps to minimize the stress this time of year can bring.
Here are a few tips for a fall closet clean-out that should help you feel more organized and ready to face the coming weeks and months.
1. Take Inventory –
It’s important to see what you have when you begin cleaning out closets. If you are cleaning out clothes, it helps to make a list of what you have, what you wear often and what you don’t want to part with.
This way, you can begin to see what items are not as necessary and start weeding them out.
2. Planned Giving –
Giving gently used clothing and other items to a local charity is a great way to de-clutter while at the same time helping those in need. Do your research and decide which local charity (or charities) you’d like to donate your items to. Some local charities will even come to your house to pick up donations.
Giving back to the community is a great example to set for your children and family members so consider donating to charity when cleaning out closets or other household items.
3. Ask the Right Questions –
When cleaning out clothes, you might be tempted to keep more items than you actually need. It helps to ask yourself some questions about each item and your answers will help you determine if it should stay or go.
- Do I love it?
- Does it help create the image I wish to project?
- Is it flattering?
4. Create Order –
When you open your closet, does it look like a tornado has hit it? When cleaning out closets and organizing items, create some order by grouping like items and pieces together.
You can even arrange garments by color for a more visual aesthetic. There are no rules for this sort of thing…just find the order and organization that works for you!
5. Keep it Up –
We’ve all been there: working so hard to clean our a closet and get things organized just to have it become cluttered and messy again in a short time. Make a commitment to yourself and to your closet that you will try to maintain the organization through the entire season. Then, when winter rolls around you can organize again, but it won’t be such a daunting task.
An organized home is more peaceful and a peaceful home is a happy home. Here at Wallace, we believe in the power of home. If you’d like to find your next great home in Knoxville, Maryville, Farragut, or surrounding areas of East Tennessee, we’d be happy to offer our expertise.