Keep these key questions in the front of your mind when cleaning a closet, or any other room in your home for that matter.
1. Have I used this item in the past year? If the answer is yes, it's worth keeping another year. If no, discard it.
2. Does it have either sentimental or monetary value to me? Yes? Then Keep it.
3. Might it come in handy someday? If you answer yes but have nothing specific in mind, better put the article into a "throwaway" or giveaway" box unless you have ample attic or basement storage space. A yes answer usually means that you're hanging onto clutter.
When the enthusiasm strikes to clean, start from the outside in. Take care of the clutter scattered around the room before digging into the closet. Starting with the closet first makes a double mess.
If you're faced with an overcrowded closet, schedule an hour to work on it. Write it on your weekly list as a project. But don't try to finish the closet in one session. You may get overwhelmed and then the task at hand may become a dreadful headache! When the hour is up, quit. Schedule another hour and then another until the closet is done. This tip works well with people that hate to clean or organize.
To keep mess to a minimum, before you begin cleaning a closet, arrange four boxes nearby to categorize those things that shouldn't go back in. Label them for "charity," "trash," "belongs elsewhere," and "decision pending," (Keep or Toss).
Work on one small section of a closet at a time. Do not empty an entire cluttered closet at once. The resulting chaos is sure to set you back or put you off task entirely!
If you absolutely can't bear the thought of throwing something away, take it to Good Will Industries, the Salvation Army, a homeless shelter, a Thrift Shop, or have a rummage sale.
Maybe you could use the rummage sale money for a nice family vacation you have longed for.
Good list. Last suggestion is a terrific idea! H5
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nice list...H5...and congrats on the front page too! I especially like the one hour at a time...I do things that way sometimes!
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I like these tips!
Thank you for the helpful organizational list.
select one here...