Guys, your side of the closet might be no bigger than your first-grade cubby hole, but no matter how much space you’re working with, a clean and organized closet is a happy closet. Cleaning out your side of the closet is your responsibility. Here are tips for getting your space in order.
Assess and reduce
Consider the 20-80 rule: People tend to wear about 20 percent of the clothes they own 80 percent of the time, says Barry Izsak, an Austin, Texas-based Certified Professional Organizer ( www.arrangingitall.com).www.clutterdiet.com
Rather than consider it a burden, it’s more fun to think of your closet reorganization project as a game of Tetris – fitting the pieces just right to maximize space.
“It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to re-do your closet,” Izsak says.
When organizing your closet, one of Marrero’s favorite strategies is to look at the frequency of use of each item because you could be taking up some valuable space with items you’re not using.
To the thrift shop
Marrero, also an ambassador for Goodwill’s Donate Movement ( donate.goodwill.org), says, in general, Goodwill takes gently used clothing for resale and it’s helpful if you can wash the items before you donate them.
If you have torn, ripped or stained clothes, or used socks, you can put those items in a separate bag labeled “salvage” so it will go into Goodwill’s salvage and recycling program.
Of course, Goodwill isn’t the only game in town. A Google search for “thrift store” or “consignment” in your area will yield dozens of results.
You can track the value of your donations with a free “Donate for Dollars” tracking sheet from clutterdiet.com/freetips that you can use in tax season to calculate your charitable deductions.