- Decide where you want to go
The first step in starting any journey is to decide on your destination. Tidying up is no different. Instead of just going into your room and wreaking unorganized havoc, start with a roadmap. Decide in your mind where you want to go with your space. How do you want your room to feel? What style do you want to be your own? What clothes do you have or want to get that fit into the style “goals” category you envision? What is your goal of tidying in the first place? Ask yourself a few questions like this to help you get started. I like to follow other inspirational bloggers or dreamy Pinterest accounts to remind myself of what I love, and what I am going for in my style and, thus, in my closet.
2. Prepare to let go
In order for you to take in what’s new, you’ve got to let something go. It’s been said that “you can’t have a new life in old clothes”. When you go to your closet for some tidying up, be prepared to let go of things that no longer serve you. It’s okay to let things go that still have tags on them or that you keep putting off to wear, something doesn’t have to be ragged and tuckered out for you to pass it along, be willing to part with it and embrace the space for something you will actually wear and be excited about.
3. Do it all at once
Charge boldly into your room with the determination to get your tidying done in one fell swoop. Don’t toss things away little by little, go through it all at once and get it over with. Doing it little by little will probably prove to be never-ending. Instead of chipping away at it in small bits, choose a day and dedicate that entire day to cleaning out your closet. At the end of the day, raise your glass and celebrate your newly tidied closet.
4. Donate what you can
A joy in tidying can be found in giving things to others. There are a lot of people that would love to have the things that you are indifferent about. Bag up all your clothes, and give them to a friend in need, or donate them to a local non-profit, salvation army, or thrift store. You’ll find joy in clearing your space and helping others out at the same time.
5. Put it all in its proper “home”
When you have finished deciding what to get rid of, properly fold or hang all of the clothes and accessories you’ve decided to keep. Organize them in a way that is easy to see, such as stacking them vertically in your drawers instead of flat, and not packing your closet so full that it’s a squeeze to get anything out. When everything is well organized in your closet, then you will feel refreshed and at ease the next time you go to get dressed.