My first tip was birthed out of sheer desperation. I share a closet with my four little girls, ages 9, 7, 4, and 1. My reason for sharing my closet is so that I can keep things picked up and on hangers daily since I already go in daily to dress. This may or may not be as effective for me as I had hoped, being that I often have a floor full of clothes. In my mind, I think that this plan will keep us from accumulating too many clothes.
This system is supposed to work.
My girlfriend Nikki has a fabulous family closet that stays NCO (Neat Clean and Organized) on a daily basis. I wasn’t gifted with that talent. In the world of “cleanies” and “messies”, I am blessed with the later label.
I went into our shared closet and there were literally mountains of clothing on the floor. I can never believe how fast our clothes multiply since I NEVER shop for clothing.
On one particular day, I had had it!!!.
I was DONE with all these clothes. I didn’t even care if they were clean or dirty, designer or disgusting. I had to clear out the closet and see it clean and empty. I took giant garbage bags and just started stuffing everything in the bags. No sorting, no sniffing, just stuffing.
This took me about 20 minutes and ten garbage bags. Pitiful, I know.
Then I called the girls to come, one by one, and had them rummage through the bags and pick out 7 outfits, one for each day of the week. Experience has taught me that if THEY chose their clothing, they are more likely to wear it than if I picked it out for them. After being handed the stack, I made minor additions and adjustments: no we don’t wear flannel in summer, no you can’t wear your one year old sisters pants, etc.
Then with Sharpie marker in hand, I created hang tags for each daughter, one per day of the week, and VOILA!! 28 outfits all hung up neatly in a row. With Sunday clothes labeled, and Tuesday PACES outfits ironed and hung up.
The ENTIRE process took me just over an hour.
I know what you are thinking
What did you do with all those bags of clothes?
Well, I did NOT throw them away, or give them away YET. But I DID toss them on the top of my closet to sort through for another day.