* “I’ll be ready when that comes back in style.”
* “When I lose the weight, I’ll wear it again.”
* “I don’t really like it, but it was a gift.”
* “It’s out of style, but I always loved it.”
Just can’t let it go? Try putting the item on probation by taking it out of your active closet and placing it in alternative storage – a basement or attic. In a year, if you haven’t been tempted to dig it out, you’ll be ready to pitch it – and well on your way to a more clutter-free home.
Next, organize the items by type and count them. How many pairs of shoes, pants, belts, suits and dresses do you need to accommodate? Then, measure your closet and investigate solutions that make the best use of every inch of space.
Many new homes are outfitted with wire closet systems, but adjustable and beautiful wood solutions, such as Home Options Storage Solutions, found in Lowe’s stores, are more attractive and often more flexible. The unique, all-in-one-box starter kit, containing one tower, three shelves, three rods, three drawers and one wide shelf, has everything you need to get started.
In the meantime, what to do with your closet clutter? Unload it for some quick cash on eBay, craigslist.org, at a local consignment shop or the neighborhood rummage sale, or take it to a donation drop-bin. Or have a “purge party” with friends, where everyone brings and swaps gently used clothing, shoes, purses, scarves and jewelry. Whatever is left at the end of the party is donated to charity. For more information on how to maximize your storage space, visit www.homeoptionsstorage.com.