Do you have ESP?

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Getting Organized

Most people wish they had more closet space. If you are fortunate enough to have a large closet, that doesn’t guarantee you know the best way to organize it.

I’ve come up with a simple 3-step method for navigating through the daunting task of organizing your closet, whether large or small.  I call it my Organizing ESP – not mind reading, but rather Empty, Sort, and Purge.

  1. Empty. Don’t try and organize your closet while it’s filled. Instead empty your entire closet into piles in your bedroom.  Working with a clean slate allows you to see your space and determine the best layout moving forward
  2. Sort. As you empty, begin to group like items into 4 piles: Keep, Donate, Trash, and Relocate.  Identifying each item into their proper group will help to keep you from getting sidetracked along the way.
  3. Purge. Typically I apply the one-year rule.  If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to get rid of it: either donate it, or if it’s a keepsake, move it to your memorabilia bin.

Unless you have a large walk-in closet, the only items that should live in your closet are the ones currently in rotation. Out of season clothes are best stored elsewhere.  There is no reason your closet should be bursting at the seams with clothes you’re not wearing. Make a point to cycle seasonal clothes out bi-annually.

For additional closet organizing tips, you can download my closet-organizing checklist free by clicking here.


Empty-Sort-PurgeHappy Organizing!

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, speaker, and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on 6ABC,CBS Philadelphia & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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