A Handy Guide To Cleaning Your Closet While You’re Self Quarantined – Shoe Bank

With the Corona outbreak, I’m sure most of you are already at home. I’ve been indoors for not even a week, and I’m already getting impatient. That’s why I have made a list of things to keep me occupied. Indulging myself in different activities keeps me distracted. One of them includes cleaning out my closet, and I successfully ticked this off from my list last evening. Yay me! I know it comes across as super annoying but decluttering your surroundings also declutters your mind.

Here’s a handy guide:

Empty It All Out Yup. I mean it. Start by emptying all the items in your cupboard. This wasn’t an easy task for me either, mainly because half my clothes and shoes were shoved inside. However, this step is essential because once you have a clear vision of an empty space, you’ll know how to fill it.

Start Segregating. Once you’ve got everything out of the closet, start separating all the items—clothing, lingerie, jewelry, bags, footwear, outerwear and other accessories like belts, hats, etc. While making a pile for all, simultaneously decide what you plan to keep, donate or SWAP.

Questions To Ask Yourself While Segregating

While sorting out your items, make sure you ask yourself these questions.

If you have answered yes to all these questions, you can go ahead and keep it.

Further Segregation Of Shoes. You have a bunch of shoes you wear for different purposes on a regular basis, right? We already know you don’t wear a third of them. Start separating them accordingly. Here’s how I have segregated my shoes. I have made a common pile of workwear, shoes to go for causal outings, going out at night shoes. at-home shoes, gym sneakers. Some people also like to segregate their shoes according to the colors. If that’s your jam, go for it. After all, it will be so visually appealing, no?

Time To Stack It All Up. Now that you’re done grouping all your pieces, it’s time to get back to storing them in your closet.

Step 1: Occasional Wear At The Back

Start by keeping all the occasional wear items and seasonal items you don’t need on a daily basis way at the back. If you have baskets, make use of them for these items.

Step 2: Daily Wear Items In The Front

Keep the clothes and shoes you need on a daily basis at the front of your shelf. Pile them up at your convenience.

Step 3: Use Of Hangers

Hangers are such an essential storage element of any wardrobe and are a must-have. Use your hangers to hang long dresses, jackets, and lightweight pants. Don’t hang your denim jeans because they’re heavy and will bend the hangers. If you have pleated tops or skirts, definitely hang them and not fold them as this will cause the pleats to open up, and once that happens, you end up killing the whole look.

Step 4: Use Of Drawers

Your lingerie can be kept in your drawer. If you don’t have a large dressing table, keep your jewelry in pouches or boxes and put it in the drawer. Socks, swimwear and other small items also make the cut. Rolling up T-shirts and keeping in drawers is also a great way of using the space of drawers.

Step 5: Managing Your Footwear

I have a separate show drawer and prefer keeping my shoes in cloth bags instead of boxes as that occupies lesser space. You get great deals for shoe pouches online, in case you want to order them. But if you love maintaining boxes, I would suggest label them on the outside so that you know what footwear it is. Again with shoes, keep the festive ones away from your reach and the ones you wear daily on top or in front.

Step 6: Bags And Other Accessories

Sling bags, belts, and hats can be hung on hooks in your wardrobe or even behind your bedroom door. Don’t have hooks? Then use one section of your closet for storing these items.

Step 7: Donate

Donate your clothes to the people who need them but ensure they’re in good condition. Only discard the things that are way too damaged and can’t be given to someone. And voila! You’re done.

Step 7: Swap Out Shoes

Those shoes that are still in great condition, that you wore only once or twice, put them on, take a turn around the bedroom. Now you remember why you don’t wear them. They looked amazing when you bought them but you spent more time on the dance floor out of them than in them.  Why not upload those shoes to Shoe Bank and find a new pair that looks and feels heavenly? You deserve it.

Seriously girls, this is a great time to clean out your closet. So get on with it! I hope this was a useful guide to you all. If there’s anything I’ve missed, let me know in the comments below.

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