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  • Tim Kraemer

Closet Clean-Out

Back to school, football, and fall are all right around the corner. It’s a season of change in activities and weather. This transitioning time is a great reason to clean out your closets at home! Below are some tips on how to tackle the overwhelming task of cleaning and organizing closets.

To start, we recommend making a closet to-do list. Write down all of the closets in your home that you want to clean out. Will they need to be reorganized, swept/mopped/vacuumed/dusted or will you be going through items and throwing things away? Or perhaps a combination of all of the above. Writing down what needs to be done will help keep you focused and give you the satisfaction of crossing things off once you get the task done!

Once you’ve made your closet to-do list, decide where you will start and get to work! Keep in mind that taking items out of the closet will in turn make a mess. Things tend to “explode” once you start pulling them out and before you know it the entire room is a mess! So once you start taking items out, make sure you place them into organized piles. A good organization system is to make three piles: a keep pile, a throw away pile and a donate pile. You can break these down even further if you would like, for example in your keep pile, you can sort the items by whether or not they will go back into that same closet.

While going through items, using the one-year rule or one season rule can be helpful. Ask yourself if you’ve used the item in the last year? If it’s a seasonal item, did you use it in the season it is intended for? If you’ve gone an entire year or season without use, is it worth keeping? If it’s a food or medical item, make sure to check for expiration dates!

Closet cleanout can be a daunting task. But if you go into the project organized and with a system, you will be sure to tackle the task in no time! When in doubt, use your resources! The internet is filled with organization tips galore!

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