mid-way through winter so odds are good your coat closet is a mess of bulky
items and mismatched gloves. What's that you say? You can't find your hat? We
feel your pain (and your possible frostbite.) Read on for tips for whipping
your closet back into shape for the rest of the wintery season.
Out with the Unused: Closets turn into
catchalls quicker than snowflakes melt on a tongue. Identify unused and
unneeded items by emptying your closet-yup, we're starting with a
blank slate-and put back only those items that truly belong.
Saying Goodbye: Gather unworn clothes and paraphernalia
into groups: one to donate, one to pass along to friends and another to trash.
Be sure to keep receipts for any items donated to charity.
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: Having trouble saying good-bye? Ask
yourself three questions: Does it fit? Do I wear/use it? Do I love it? If the
answer to any of these questions is no, the item needs to go. Consider working
with a trusted friend and their unbiased eye to evaluate your belongings.
Color Code: Once your closet is edited to include only
clothes and gear that are seasonally appropriate, it's time to color code items
by family member. Assign each member a
color that corresponds to hooks, bins and whatever other tools you use. Color
coding helps assign items a designated home and makes it easy for even the
youngest family member to neatly stow away their belongings.
Tame Odds & Ends: Don't let scarves and other cold
weather accessories overrun your closest. Maximize the space on the inside of a
closet door to hang small, frequently used items. Use clothes pins to clamp
gloves and mitten together so one doesn't go missing.
Neat & Tidy: Once your closet is shipshape, maintain
order by arranging all hangers in the same direction and by storing items
requiring folding, draped over hangers rather than in sloppy piles. Keep a
small trash can to corral dry-cleaning bags and wire hangers. You may also wish
to invest in a plastic or metal shoe tray to capture wet boots near your
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.