I know at least for me, it feels better just to have the winter clothes out of the closet and spring/summer clothes in. I have various piles planned for departure to Goodwill, the Kidney Foundation, garage sale "stuff" all with the intention of de-cluttering but somehow it just ends up sitting around my house. The piles grow and shrink depending on my mood! You know the, "I'll never wear this thing" = pile grows, or the "Am I sure I want to give up that sweater, it is a classic and so comfy" = pile shrinks.
Then I found some ideas for spring cleaning and organization in an online article that I thought I'd share see below or go to: http://housekeeping.about.com/cs/organizing101/a/4cntnrmthdclttr_2.htm:
The Four Container Method
Sorting Through the Clutter
By Sarah Aguirre, About.com Guide
Find 4 boxes and label them with the 4 categories.
Trash- This should include any item that you do not need or want, but that is not donatable or sellable. Damaged and broken items should be included in the trash if they are not worth someone buying it and repairing it.
Give Away/Sell- Be generous. Think about the uses someone else might get out of the items vs. the use it gets in your home buried in cabinets or closets. Consider the financial benefits of selling your stuff at a garage sale.
Storage- Put items in here that you cannot part with but do not need on a regular basis. Make an inventory of the items as you box them. Group similar items together. Remember one good way to clean out closets is to store out of season clothing. Get tips on proper storage of clothing.
Put Away- This should be your smallest category. These are items that need to be out on a regular basis. Monitor yourself by determining if you have a place for each item. If the items in this box will not fit into your home without cluttering an area up, try to reassess if you really need them. If you do need these “essentials”, try to come up with a storage solution that fits into your home.
Work on one room at a time to provide yourself with an easy stopping point for interruptions. When you come to a stopping point, be sure to throw out the trash immediately. Box up the storage box. Place the give away/sell box in the garage, or out of site. If you allow yourself to contemplate the decisions you’ve made too much, your brain can trick you into rescuing the clutter.
Things To Remember
- *Items are not equivalent to memories of the person who gave them to you. Pruning items with an emotional attachment can be very difficult. Consider carefully if you need the item to have the memory or emotionally attachment. If you’re not sure, consider storing items on a trial basis, or giving them to another family member for safekeeping. Think about taking photos of the item that will store more readily, but give you tangible proof of the memory. If you really feel the need to keep items of this nature, don’t fight it. Instead try to incorporate these memories into decorative displays or organized storage.
- *Get rid of old clothing even if it is the size you used to be and hope to return to. It’s tempting to keep them for when you reach your goal. Think about instead rewarding yourself with a new wardrobe when you get to the new you.
- *Don’t force yourself to keep sets if you only use part of the set. If you cannot break up a set, at least store the portions you do not use.
- *Keeping things just because you might need them someday may seem like a good reason for clogging your closets. Remind yourself that what you really need is space and organization.