Weeding has never been my forte. When we moved to the farm, I tried my hand at it, hoping to not use weed killer on our almost-organic land. Quickly, it dawned on me that I didn’t really know weeds from plants. I thought it best to let my husband and his trusty weedwhacker take over and the yard is all the better for it.
Weeding out the clutter in our house came much more naturally to me. Two years ago, I did a KonMari style clean-up of all of our closets. While it was fun to see the mountain of fabric in the middle of our rooms, I found a few struggles with her method:
1. We have plenty of items that don’t spark joy, but I keep them because they serve a purpose: Someday does come in our household: kids grow into clothes, lonely blouses make friends with new skirts, and ugly shoes make the winter walk to the mailbox more comfortable. I declutter our closets by categorizing items into love, need and recycle piles.
2. A once-in-a-lifetime clean up doesn’t work for a family with growing kids and changing lifestyles. I declutter at the beginning of every season.
3. Given the extremes in temperature in our part of the country, there are clothes I don’t wear for nine months and then wear every week for the next three. I put off-season clothes in the drawers of my bed (bins would work too), and when I take them out again, I can view them with a fresh perspective.
Keep reading for tips on how I stay organized…
3 easy steps to decluttering your closet
1. Put away off-season clothing so that you can focus on what you can wear now. Gather up all current clothing, accessories, shoes, and handbags.
2. Separate current season clothing into love, need and recycle piles. Love can include items that you don’t wear often but can’t part with; just make sure you don’t have too many of these. Need includes items that you don’t love, but use as a placeholder until something better comes along. Recycle can be a donation bag or items to be repaired or tailored.
3. Take your loves and needs, and organize by sub-category (coats, dresses, blouses etc) in your closet and drawers.
Now you’re ready to see what you tend to buy and wear, what’s missing and where you’d like to take your style. Coming up: a handy chart that you can create yourself to help you design your ideal wardrobe.
P.S. For those of you who are enjoying my farm-to-fashion puns, one of the original definitions of weeds is garments i.e. clad in rustic weeds.