A new year is almost upon us! With many of us working from home, educating from home, and seeking new ways to find joy in our living environment, this is a great time to take a hard look at our clothing closets, dressers, and storage.
Maybe your career has changed, you moved, or your style priorities have shifted. If you’ve never done a thorough purging of your attire it can be emotional, so set time aside without distractions, start with a small area and pieces that are more neutral, like a sock drawer!
Going with the sock drawer theme let's follow these steps:
a) Take everything out of the drawer and lay it on your bed, a table, or the floor.
b) Separate everything that was in the drawer into categories such as light colors, dark colors, knee socks, ankle socks, warm woolies, work out socks, etc.
c) Check all of the socks for holes, or wearing down. If you’re gifted at sewing and can mend them, great. If that’s not who you are then set aside socks with holes to be either recycled or thrown away.
d) If there’s only one sock from a pair, and you know it’s not in the laundry, it’s probably lost. Set these aside to be gotten rid of as well.
e) For each category, pick out all of your favorites that you absolutely know you want to keep and put them back in the drawer.
f) Go back to the piles, pick up each pair and ask yourself if you still like wearing them season to season. If so, place them back in the drawer as well.
g) The remaining socks you don’t wear go in the recycling/throw away pile.
h) A note on organizing the drawer: As you place the socks back in the drawer, it’s a nice idea to place like items next to each other. You will always know how many of each type of sock you have and you’ll be able to grab and go!
The rest of your clothing purging can be handled in much the same way, with the added step of trying items to see how they fit, if need be.
Follow these steps and see how you’ll create a closet that has working items in it you can wear now.
I have literally sifted every piece of client's clothing as part of purging projects. I can be there to discuss different necessities and assisting with decision-making. This task is very easily done virtually and I’m an empathetic accountability partner during the undertaking!
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Photo: Becca Mchaffie