You should have sorted through your scarves yesterday. Today, you’ll need to organize them. Maybe you just have one and you have a hook on your closet door to store it on. But if you’re like me and you have more than a few scarves, you’ll need another way to organize them. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m cheap, so I tried just hanging them on a hanger for years. They were constantly falling off even non-slip hangers. I ultimately bought two scarf organizer hangers on clearance for around $5 from Burlington Coat Factory, and now all of my scarves are organized in one visible place–and I can move the hanger to the back of the closet during the summer.
If you’d like some different ideas for organizing your scarves, check out my Pinterest board on the topic:
Time required: I spent quite a bit of time in stores searching for a good organizer, but just five minutes organizing the scarves after I found it. Your mileage may vary, obviously, depending on the number of scarves you have and how you decide to store and organize them.
I’m sure that some of you have no scarves, but even though I lived in Florida for most of my life, I have a lot of them. However, I typically look back in the spring and realize that I did not wear all of them during the winter season. So in the interest of decluttering, I will need to donate or sell the ones I do not wear. This is one of the harder decluttering tasks for me because I truly love my scarves. But if I don’t wear them, they are simply wasting space.
So today, spend some time decluttering your scarves if you have them.
Time required: Five minutes. And yes, I did decide to donate one scarf. My uncle’s ex-wife bought it for me when I was in high school, she has been particularly vicious to him since their separation and subsequent divorce–oh, and it’s too short. 🙂
Now that you have sorted through your jewelry, you should figure out a way to store it. I bought a jewelry storage center at Marshalls about five ago for around $35, more than what I wanted to spend (secret: I’m cheap), but well worth it. The one I have holds bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and watches, so it’s multi-functional. If you are in the market to purchase a jewelry organizer, I would suggest looking at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, and Bealls for decently priced organizers, but you might also see if your local craft boutique carries refinished vintage jewelry boxes.
If you’re looking for a less expensive or a do-it-yourself option, check out my new Pinterest board about how to organize your jewelry! (Again, this board is on my new Simplify. Declutter. Organize Pinterest profile for my new blog.)
If you have mostly rings, you could try a ring display case. Rings can also go in a ring dish, which can be something as simple as a $1.99 dipping bowl from Target or Pier 1. If you have a lot of necklaces and bracelets, you will need something different, obviously, something that will not allow these to become tangled. You can also combine these ideas and use, for example, the mug holder to hold bracelets and necklaces and dishes to hold your rings.
Time required: I organized my jewelry into my organizer five years ago. I spent about an hour on this task, and thanks to how complete my own organizer is, it has stayed organized! Your mileage will vary. Obviously, if you decide to build your own jewelry organizer–especially one of those beautiful wooden ones!–you will spend a great deal more time on this task.
I’m making some changes in my blogging efforts. I’m still all about simplifying, decluttering, and organizing, but I’ve decided to focus primarily on those topics and to change up the name of the blog and to market and sell a few of my printables and my fillable, printable, savable PDF’s as well as some organizational labels and a few other products. You’ll still be able to follow my daily tasks here, but ultimately I will be moving them to my new blog, which seems to be to be much easier to remember:
When I have fine-tuned the organization of the tasks (I work on doing so almost every day with a calendar of the revised order of tasks for next year, so please do leave feedback in the comments!), I will transfer them to Simplify. Declutter. Organize. I will also be creating decluttering and organization plans there by rooms and categories rather than by daily tasks. And I also intend to create a monthly task list there as well.
I love simplifying my life and helping other people simplify their lives, and I’m so thrilled with what my stats have been here despite that I spend no time advertising or marketing this blog. Please continue to follow me here for my daily tasks (I won’t move them until next year), but also please join me at Simplify. Declutter. Organize. I’d also love it if you’d join the new Facebook page, new Instagram account (where I post motivational quotations, organization products, and other tips), and new Pinterest account. And let me know your thoughts in the comments below, too!
Yesterday, you prepared for organizing your closet. Now it’s just time to do it. Spend some time over the next two weeks trying on clothes, deciding what clothes fit, what clothes don’t, what clothes need maintenance, and what clothes just need to be donated because you don’t love them.
If you have clothing that needs to be mended, either start mending it on your own if you have sewing skills or find a tailor. If you can’t afford to take all of your to-be-mended clothing at one time, take one article of clothing to the tailor a week or month.
If you have clothing that you’ve outgrown but hope to get back into, I would suggest putting it into a storage container such as a Sterlite container. Give yourself 3 or 6 months. If you’re no closer to getting back into the clothing, sell or donate it.
One final issue: What do you do with old prom dresses and wedding dresses? I still have three of my favorite special occasion (two are prom dresses; one was for a Halloween party) dresses, and I still have my wedding dress. But I have donated all of my other special occasion dresses, several of them to charities that provide special occasion dresses for girls who might not be able to afford them otherwise. Do what feels comfortable to you.
Once you get to the end of this task, take a look at your closet and decide what you need, if anything. For example, I know I’m going to need to replace two of my turtleneck sweaters. (I know people make fun of them, but I think they are classic in black and white!) I need to find some dress flats, and my husband has encouraged me to replace my flip-flops and buy a pair of boots for winter. My husband needs a host of new polo shirts because his are fading despite my consistent usage of Woolite. (He also needs to discard a grey sweater that has a pull in it, but I think I am going to have to do that one day soon because he seems to be delaying that decision.)
Use this time over the next few weeks to purge your closet and freshen your wardrobe.
Time required: Days and days. But fortunately, less than 5 minutes a day. 🙂
Organizing a closet is one of the most frequently searched organization topics on Google search. Unless you have very little clothing, this task will require some time–and some preparation.
You might begin by creating some closet dividers. I cut some with my Silhouette Cameo and have used them to separate my clothing into the following groups:
- Clothing I can wear and love!
- Clothing I can wear but don’t love and should consider donating
- Clothing I can no longer wear (and need to discard)
- Clothing that needs maintenance (such as sweaters that need shaving or pants and shirts that need to be mended)
A simpler way to organize might be to try the Sex and the City method of closet organizing:
I personally don’t want clothing in storage, but I have friends who store winter clothing in the summer and summer clothing in the winter. As usual, I suggest you do what works for you.
My husband organized his closet with dividers much like mine, but his dividers are marked M, T, W, R, and F. Each weekend, he ensures that he has enough cleaned, pressed clothing to last through the end of the week.
One more thing: Consider using this time to replace hangers if you so choose. I personally prefer the black non-slip hangers that are 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree. If my budget were more hefty, I would consider wooden hangers.
Time required: About an hour, but that time included making organizers using my Silhouette Cameo and replacing all of our plastic and wire hangers with consistent ones.
Now that you’ve sorted through your socks and undergarments, spend today sorting through all of your shoes. If they are worn, either have them repaired or discard them. Replace them if need be. Also decide if you really need to keep all of your shoes. I have friends whose pairs of shoes have reached the triple digits. If you have as many (or just slightly less), determine if you really wear all of those. If not, consider streamlining them.
If you’re a female, consider abandoning your high heels. They have been bad for my ankles and my knees as well. Talk to your doctor and weigh the benefits (if any) of wearing them. But as I always say, “You do you.” Just keep in mind that when you get older, you may have knee and ankle problems if you have worn high heels frequently in your younger days. (Ask me how I know!)
Finally, if your shoe storage is less than satisfactory, figure out how you want to store your shoes. You can store them underneath your bed or in your clothes closet. You can use crates or Rubbermaid containers (although the latter takes up a lot of room!). I personally store all of our family member’s shoes in a divided hanging closet organizer in our foyer closet. This storage decision ensures that very little dirt comes in our front door. Our outside shoes are by the back door in our garage, again so that we don’t bring dirt inside our house. Eventually, I intend to build a bench in the garage, one that will hold our outdoor shoes, too. I tried one of those boot trays, but it broke more quickly than I believed it should have, and I won’t replace it at this point. (My husband and I have already built a similar storage bench for our dining room, and I’ll post pictures of it later.)
So spend some time today sorting through your shoes, and then store your shoes away tomorrow. I’ve devoted two days to this task because you may need to go buy whatever storage method you decide on.
Time required: About 45 minutes for me. I tried on a pair of high-heeled shoes I thought I might want to keep and decided after wearing them for about 40 minutes that I should just sell or donate them because they were excruciatingly painful. I’m not representative of other people, though, because I have fewer than five pairs of shoes. Also, I established our shoe storage situation two years ago when we bought our house, so I spent no time on that task.