Mini-Challenge – Calm Your Closet – Day 4

Deal immediately with the other piles.

Take the maybe pile (I hope you kept this pile small) and put it into a box or two. Label it maybe, with today’s date. Store it somewhere out of sight, and don’t open it for 6 months. Toss the stuff in 6 months. Take the toss pile, and put it into boxes — stuff you’ll donate to charity, stuff you’re going to give to friends, maybe other stuff you’ll sell in a yard sale or on eBay. Throw the actual trash away, or recycle.  It’s best to get rid of that pile of give away straight away, you don’t want to keep it any longer than necessary.  If the items are in good condition:  Ebay…  I am not an Ebay expert, but hear how great some people do with Ebay selling.  Then, you can also call a charity that does pick up, they often come when you call within a few days.  I would suggest you keep these give away charity items – don’t keep in your closet, put somewhere where you won’t have to worry about the temptation, to unload it and keep – then you end of repeating the cycle.

Outstanding progress and job well done!

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Mini-Challenge – Calm Your Closet – Day 3

Clean, then put the keep pile back, organized.

OK,everything sorted? Clean out the closet nice.  Wipe it down, vacuum, mop.  Dust down the racks, this is your closet and you want to make it feel and smell nice.     Put the keep pile back in the closet (unless the stuff belongs elsewhere). Put it back neatly, organized. This doesn’t have to take long. Leave spaces between things if you can.  I have a t-shirt section, sweaters, jeans, etc.  I try to limit my hanging section:  40 max of items to hang up.  I only hang things that will wrinkle easily, dresses, you know what I mean.

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Mini Challenge – Calm Your Closets – Day 2

Take everything out, empty it into a pile.

Yes!  All of it. Alternatively, you could choose to do this one section at a time, which could be less overwhelming — but it’ll take a few extra steps, as you’ll have to repeat these steps for each section. Either way works, do what YOU need to do at YOUR comfort level.

Then…  the real fun begins:

Quickly sort into 3 piles. Do not dilly dally, or sit on the fence. Here are the choices: keep, toss, or maybe. The maybe is only if you really, REALLY really have a hard time deciding — you’ll put these in a box and store them for 6 months, getting rid of them after that time if you never needed them.   You will need to think if you want and can make the time to go back to this box/bag after 6 months.  Sometimes we over think things and we need to just be free of things.  I find that if I think too long about something in cleaning or de-cluttering, I leave it for longer than 6 months and have to repeat the cycle.  The maybe is something that you may say:  I am losing weight and will fit into it, I may wear that at a Christmas party…  the ideas that cross in your mind…  this alone is overwhelming too.  You can leave your maybe box for the end of the week.  That is okay too.  You need to remember:  Do what is right for YOU!  The keep pile is for stuff you really love and actually use — if you haven’t used it for 6 months, put it in the toss pile. OK, 12 months for seasonal clothes (such as winter coats). If you have trouble getting rid of things for sentimental or other emotional reasons, see how to let go of possessions. That is another thing to think about.  But…  for now, we are going to focus on our closets.

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Mini- Challenge – Calm Your Closet -Day 1

Let the Closet Calming Games Begin!

 Set aside some time, and get some boxes/bags.

You might need a couple of hours. Or a few, if your closet is huge. Set aside an evening, if you have time in the evenings, or part of day if need be. Get boxes/bags ready. You might need half a dozen or more, depending on how much junk you think you have. Also think how ruthless you want to be with the things in your closet. Think what you want to achieve, baby steps – do you want to de-clutter or organize or both? After you have your boxes/bags. Step back and analyze… Please, don’t think too much about things at this point. You will get overwhelmed. You are going to be categorizing tomorrow. Keep, Maybe and Give Away. Scan your closet for these categories. Tomorrow is a big day…. so gather those boxes and bags and let the real purge happen tomorrow.

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