The April Martha Stewart Living magazine proposed an approach to cleaning out a clothes closet. Much like my place of employment’s lean methodology, the goal is to sort, simplify, standardize and sweep (the 5S’s). Looking for some motivation to overhaul the closet and a need to find a particular black tank top, I gave it a shot. Besides, gives me something to blog about that isn’t cooking, as it seems to have been the theme lately.
- It’s all got to come out
- Create clear piles to sort into
- Be realistic
- Enjoy the journey
- I liked Martha’s piles to get started but found that for “Store”, instead of piling, I just took it to its new storage place.
- I also didn’t use the “Keep” pile for the whole process. After I got going, I just sorted straight from my bed (The Pile) and put away.
- Using polka dot paper was a great inspiration and fun to color code
- Repair also included “clean” for things like hand bags and sweaters
- Give away ended up being two piles, one for Goodwill and for the nicer items, either consignment or for an appreciative friend
- Unload your whole closet. Consider pulling in clothes from drawers and maybe closets in other rooms, as I did
- Pile it in one place for emphasis (pronounced em – FA – sis not EM – fa – sis)
- Vacuum, wipe down all surfaces, clean baseboards etc. I was surprise by the dust bunnies
- Put it all back in, critically appraising each item as to its fate: store, repair, keep, toss, give away
- Keep a nice steady pace and if you get hung up, just put something to the side and come back too
- Clean out your purses too: always plenty of garbage, enough hair ties for the year and $3.57 in change
- Try on things if you aren’t sure they fit. Be honest – did you really ever fit into that?
- Change out your hangers to get rid of those dry cleaner hangers that accumulate
Be on the look out for treasures: I found my Mrs. Knight puffy pain t-shirt from a NKOTB concert a few years ago (squeal!!) and a pig ear, apparently “hid” in my pj drawer
Finito! All put back together and sorted by color and type: Dresses, pants, tops and skirts.