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One Hanger at a Time

Posted by Sue on Aug 15, 2013  

With only 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there, the closet clean-out seemed like it would never get done. But blouse by blouse, hanger by hanger, I cleaned it out, sorted through and reorganized the clothes so that I could once again access the clothes I need.

It all began yesterday, when I went to put away a clean basket of laundry, more than half of which needed to be hung. After using up the 3 available hangers (where did all those hangers go that used to hold up these garments?), I got frustrated and left the laundry in the basket on the floor.

Although I faithfully blog, “Time to do the seasonal wardrobe change-over!” every spring and fall, mine never changed over. Thus, winter tunics were sandwiched between summer dresses and cotton sweaters.

Frustrated, but with no time to take on an organizing project, I decided to tackle it in mini-organizing sessions. So, every hour or so, between client calls, blog posts and updating the website, I attacked the closet, 10 minutes at a time.

Here’s what I did:

1) Clear the accumulated clutter that had gathered under the clothes; give the floor a quick sweep. If I’d had more clutter than I could deal with in that short amount of time, I’d have “scooped” it up into a box, labeled and dated it, and stored it away for later sorting.

2) Sort through the hanging clothes. If it’s out-of-season, I piled it, hanger and all, on my bed; first asking if I wore it last season and if it was still in good shape. If not, I bagged it for donation. If the garment is season-appropriate, I asked if I was really going to wear it. “Yes;” back in my closet. “No;” into donations. If you have a lot of clothes this step might take you more than one mini-session. Honesty is the key here. Remember that clothes that you don’t wear or love are free-loaders; renting valuable space in your home and cluttering up your life.

3) Hang all the winter gear in the closet that I use for out-of-season-wear. Bring back any summer clothes still left in the remote closet. Consider that if I haven’t worn these clothes yet this season, maybe they should be donated.

4) Hang the summer duds I decided to keep back in the closet. Neatly replace my summer shoes (storing the winter shoes in the back of the closet). And promise myself the closet won’t ever get that bad again (at least until the next time it does).

5) Stand back and admire my hanger-by-hanger accomplishment!

Whoops, forgot to empty the laundry basket on the floor.

So, 10 minutes at time, I turned my closet from heap to heaven. This works with just about any organizing project. The key to success is breaking down the project into baby steps and staying on track. A timer helps you not lose track of time and a white board, with the project steps outlined, helps keep you moving forward.

And now, with fall just around the corner, it’s almost time to tackle that closet again: One hanger at a time!

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Susan S:

This is great. I cleaned out three dresser drawers using a similar technique today and this will keep me on that roll!

August 29th, 2013 | 5:38 pm
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