First, Get Your Motor Running…
Turn your work music on. You know the radio station, music channel or whatever device you use to listen to the sounds of your favorite jams. Crank it up and get your game face because this is going to be brutal.
Second, Sort Get 5 boxes
Label them 1- donate 2- trash 3- dry cleaning 4- Keep and 5-SWAP Party.
Now carefully go through every hanger, shelf and the floor in your closet. If you haven’t worn something in a year or more and it’s in good condition or if you are just keeping something for when you can “fit in it” again, take a deep breath and place in the donation box. Trash items are things that are torn or worn and you cannot or will not be repairing. Dry Cleaning is for those items that require it and you want to keep them for the next winter. Finally items to SWAP those are the items that are in good condition, you can’t quite part unless you can replace.
Once everything is out of the closet take the time to thoroughly clean the closet. This means you should dust from ceiling to floor, wipe down all shelves and rods with a damp cloth, sweep, vacuum or mop depending on your floor type and add an air freshener to your closet.
Put all the clothes you will be wearing for the current season in the front where it’s easily seen so you don’t have to rummage through. The items that you had dry cleaned keep in the dry cleaning bags. This helps in two ways. One these items are seasonal so they will stay fresh longer in the bags and if after that season comes and goes and the items are still in the bags you know they are in the next year’s donation or SWAP box. As for the items that you had in your keep pile put on hangers or in storage boxes that you will either put on a shelf in the closet or under-the-bed.
Five, SWAP PARTY TIME
SWAP party. Invite your friends over for cocktails and appetizers. Crank that music again. And do a viewing of your SWAP box. See who can use or want what you have in your SWAP box. Have them bring over items they are willing to SWAP as well. I find that inviting 4 to 5 friends is fun and makes for a great SWAP. If there is anything left, everyone should put all the items to be donated.
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