Keeping your closet neat and your clothes organized need not be a seasonal affair. Wardrobes change as seasons change, and in the pace of our daily lives, it’s easy to put off organizing your closet and relegating last season’s clothes to the back, where they sit and gather dust. To prevent this from happening, (and to save you the trouble of the day-long affair we call “closet cleaning”) here are a few tips on keeping dust off your clothes.
First, empty your closet. Take all the shoes, ties, blankets and put them in one pile. Separate your wardrobe into two other piles, one for this season’s clothes, the other for last season’s. Before sifting through any of these piles, now would be a good time to literally clean out your closet. Vacuum the flooring, walls, ceiling, and wipe down any areas that need cleaning.
Now is the time to evaluate which clothes you actually still need. Do the same for the shoes. Remember, this may take some time, but it will pay off in the end. Once you’ve separated the contents of your closet into “this season’s clothes” and “last season’s clothes”, it’s time to start storing them.
Start with last season’s stuff. If you have a lot of space in your closet, using garment bags is an ideal way to protect your clothes from the ravages of time and dust. These garment bags come in either plastic or canvas, and are the key to protecting your clothes. You can enclose a number of garments in these bags, zipping them up inside or even draping the garment bags over several items. As an extra, try including a small bag of cedar shavings in as you zip up the bag. This helps the clothes smell fresh when you take them out of storage. The pile of clothes you will use for this season will naturally go in the front of the closet.
As the seasons come and go, certain clothes are pushed to the front, while last season’s clothes are sent to the back. It would be a good idea to hang this season’s clothes outside for a while, as the fresh air helps your clothes “breathe”, and gets rid of any musty smells. This is also a good time to take stock of your wardrobe. There might be a few outdated items that you’d like to get rid of.
The idea is not to keep too much in your closets. Closets that are filled to the brim with clothes, shoes, beddings and anything else are the prime candidates for accumulating mountains of dust. Make a conscious effort to rotate clothes, and take stock of your wardrobe situation. If you won’t be needing it anymore, get rid of it. And let’s face it, sentimentality aside, many of the clothes that are just sitting in your closet are doing so for one of two reasons: either you no longer fit in them, or even if they did, they simply aren’t fashionable anymore. Remember that organization, as always, is the key.