Set Aside Some Time And Get Boxes
You might need a couple of hours if your closet is huge. Set aside an evening, or half a weekend day. Then, get boxes ready – you might need five or more, depending on how much clutter you have.
Empty Everything Out Into A Pile
Yup, we mean all of it! Alternatively, you could choose to do this one section as a time, which could be a bit less overwhelming, but it’ll take a few extra steps, as you’ll have to repeat those steps for each section. Either way works.
Sort Everything Into Three Piles
Do this quickly – don’t dilly dally, or sit on the fence. Here are the choices: ‘keep’, ‘maybe’, or ‘toss’. The ‘maybe’ is only if you really have a tough time deciding. Put these garments in a box and store them for six months, getting rid of them after that time if you never needed them.
Put The ‘Keep’ Pile Back
Okay, everything sorted? Great! Clean out your closet nicely, then put the ‘keep’ pile back in your closet. Make sure everything is neat and organised. This doesn’t have to take loads of time.
Deal With The ‘Maybe’ Pile
Take the ‘maybe’ pile (you kept this pile small, right?) and put it into a box or two. Label it ‘maybe’ with the date. Store it somewhere out of sight and don’t open it for six months unless you need something out of it. In that case, put the garment you need back into your closet.
Decide What To Do With The ‘Toss’ Pile
Put the ‘toss’ pile into boxes and decide what you want to do with it. Here are a few options:
- Donate the stuff to a charity like The Johannesburg Children’s Home or The Smile Foundation.
- Ask your friends if there’s anything they want and, if so, give it to them.
- Sell some of the ‘good’ stuff on a group like Second Hand Joburg.
- Throw the actual trash away, or recycle it.
And there you go, you now have an orderly wardrobe! You can now breathe, and bask in the glory of your beautiful new minimalist closet.
By Candice May