Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Closet Cleaning

Closet Cleaning usually happens at the start of the year thanks to New Year's Resolutions.  But Apartment Therapy makes the case that just after Labor Day is a great time to assess your wardrobe and clean out that closet for the new Fall season.

First, clear your closet out and clean the floor and baseboards.  Dump your Fall and Winter clothes out of your storage bins and set them aside.  Now you're ready to sort your summer clothes into the newly empty storage containers, as well as a donate and toss pile.  Summer is rough on clothes and pool water, beach sand, sunscreen and sweat can get your clothes looking raggedy pretty quickly.  Resist the temptation to store stuff that's clearly past its prime and put them in the toss pile.  Any items you didn't wear all summer, go ahead and donate them.  You're not likely to put them on next year either.  Don't store a plethora of summer purses and hats.  Pick two or three favorites and donate the others.  Label your bins and store them either on a shelf in your closet or under your bed.

Now it's time to examine your Fall Wardrobe.  Try stuff on, make sure it's still in good shape and is something you actually want to wear.  Again, if there are items you didn't wear the previous Fall, you aren't likely to wear them this year.  Make sure you have cold weather accessories like a pair of matching gloves, a hat, boots and that your winter coat doesn't need repair.  It may not be cold now, but you want to be sure to be ready before the temperature plummets and you can't find what you need!

You can follow the same logic for your hall closet and trade summer accessories out for Fall accessories.  You can add a small drawer unit to the floor of the closet to store gloves, mittens and hats, or use an over-the-door shoe organizer.  Another option if your closet is too small for these items is to put a small dresser in your entryway to contain the winter accessories.  Limit each family member to only one or two pairs of shoes in this closet and donate any kids' winter accessories that they've outgrown.  Now you're done and can kick back and enjoy your apartment!