If you've lived in the same place for some time, you've probably accumulated a lot of clothes, shoes, and other apparel in your closet. Maybe you'd like to free up some space for new fashion, but don't know where to start. Use these 7 steps to declutter your space and breathe some new life into your wardrobe...and your life!
1. Take everything out of the closet.
Yes, everything. Normally a bed is nearby to use as a holding zone. If you put everything on your bed, you’ll be motivated to complete the project before bedtime.
2. Wipe down the closet.
All the shelves and walls, and mop or vacuum the floor. Make it really clean in there. Air it out.
3. Take a first pass at sorting.
Sort each item of clothing into one of the following four piles. Don’t give it too much thought, just go with your first reaction.
Love: I love these items. I wear them frequently. They fit me well.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why.
Donate: I won’t use them, but they will benefit someone.
Trash: These items are in poor condition.
4. Deal with the Donations.
Box or bag up the items to donate. Write Rubio’s Cares on the box and put it where we can see it, yet out of your sight. When we come to clean your house, we can take your items to one of our special charities, such as The Salvation Army and Compassion Planet Thrift & Home Store.
5. Throw out the trash.
6. Take a second pass at the remaining two piles.
Now you’re down to two piles: Love and Maybe. Try on clothing you aren’t sure about and ask the following questions:
Would I buy this at the store today?
Have I worn this in the last 3-6 months? Chances are you won't wear it in the next 3-6 months...or ever!
Do I love it?
If the answer is "no," add it to the donation pile and place it out of sight.
If it's a "yes," then it's a keeper.
7. Return the remaining clothing to your closet.
Here are a few space saving ideas to think about:
- Use a hanging shoe organizer for soft, bulky items like sweaters, jeans, sweatshirts or workout clothes.
- Install towel bars to hang belts and scarves.
- Attach shelving brackets upside down to add more space for hanging.
Now that you've taken care of your closet, let Rubio's take care of the rest of the house with a Deep Cleaning. Call us to schedule your next appointment.
Call Rubio's Cleaning at 530.415.2505
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In addition to helping you donate to non-profit organizations when you clean out your closets, Rubio's is currently involved in fundraising for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by supporting friends in Team in Training. Check out our Deals and Promos page for discounts we're giving when you donate.