This picture was taken in my 14 year old’s closet. Sorry the picture isn’t great, the lighting in there is not the best, but it still illustrates what I would like to highlight – her “Donate” basket.
Having a basket for discards seems really simple, but it is one of the best tips for helping to keep a purged and organized closet.
Think about it:
-You are trying to decide what to wear, and you realize you have passed over a particular item of clothing multiple times. It just doesn’t fit well (and really never did). Do you leave it hanging there?
-You are getting dressed when you realize one of your older items of clothing is looking really outdated. What do you do with it?
-You are helping your child get dressed, and you have to go through three pairs of pants before you find a pair that doesn’t show their ankles. Where do you put the pants that are too small?
This list could continue, but I think you get the idea. Having this one basket in the closet (or nearby) gives an easy, fast solution to all three of these questions. Purging our closets needs to be an ongoing process, especially for the kids who are still growing. Yes, you can go through the entire closet twice a year, but isn’t it nice to have a place to purge more regularly than that?
One less thing in the closet means more breathing room for the things you wear and enjoy!