Detox Your Closets

How many closets would you estimate you have in your home? Count the ones in the bedrooms, the hallway, the bathroom, the entryway...they add up quickly. And if they're like ours, they're filled to capacity with stuff.

We often think that out of sight-out of mind is a wonderful concept, simply because we can tuck the extras in our life into a closet. That lovely door shelters us from having to see everything we don't have a place for. But really all it's doing is postponing the inevitable...overflow!

So look at each closet in your home like its own little room. Find a place for everything and put everything in its place. In those same few steps we've been detoxing the rest of the house, we can set each and every closet back in order.

1. Clear everything out. Empty your closet of anything and everything - take the clothes out, clear off the shelves, make sure the floor is empty and remove anything from the walls. We want a completely blank slate to work with.

2. Clean. Wipe down all the shelves and the rod under them. Sweep the floor with a carpet powder or sweep and mop if it's a tile floor. This is also the time to repaint if you're going for a completely different look.

3. Sort. Nothing goes back into this closet unless you use it, wear it or carry it. Be ruthless - have your thrift shop donation box and a trash bag close by and fill them. Throw away anything that's broken or ripped, even if you have a notion to fix it. If you haven't already, you probably won't. Donate anything that doesn't fit properly or make you feel wonderful when you wear it. If there are things that you've been saving for other people, separate them and get them out of the house!

Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Luke 15:8-9

4. Organize. This is the fun part! You get to decide how to arrange everything and put it back into the closet. Consider some new rolling drawers for smaller items and a great wicker basket for larger ones. When you hang your clothes back up, organize them in a way that works for you. Organize by color, by season, by how much you use that particular item. Group like things together, place them by size or with your favorites in the front. Keep it simple and you'll be more likely to put things back where they belong.

You don't have to organize as methodically as I did - the idea is to clear out the excess in your life and feel like you have control of the "stuff" instead of it having control of you. Find what's going to make your space attractive, make what you need accessible and keep them in great condition.

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