Organize & Clean

Welcome to the Spring Closet Cure: Getting Back on Track, Step-by-Step

updated May 3, 2019
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Welcome to the Spring Closet Cure! Are you ready to take the first step toward a cleaner, less crowded closet and a wardrobe that makes you happier? Good, because I’ve got it all planned out and we can do this, over the next two weeks in 10 manageable steps. And, don’t worry – today is an ease-you-in “Yes, I know it’s Monday” assignment, just to get things moving.

Here’s the plan: I’m going to send you 9 more emails over the next two weeks. Each one will have an assignment and as you complete them, you’ll be creating a pared down wardrobe, cleaner closets and drawers and will have far less of the clutter that is currently getting in the way of you looking and feeling your best – and a plan for what you need to fill-in the blanks in your current wardrobe.

We’re going to assess our current clothes, sort through our closets and drawers, get rid of what we no longer wear and make a plan for what we need to round out our wardrobe with things that make us look and feel good.

I’m going to break the big job down into specific tasks; some small, some bigger, some that might apply to you, some that won’t. But, no matter how much or how little you need to do, at the end, your closet will definitely be in better shape than it is right now.

In addition to the analysis and decluttering part of the Closet Cure, we’ll build in time for dry cleaning, repairs, and donating. You’ll be sitting pretty in just two weeks, with a trimmed down wardrobe that will be neater, cleaner and easier to manage.

But, to get started, here is your first assignment:

Get boxes or bags ready to roll for use throughout the Cure. You will want plenty of boxes or bags, enough to have at least one each of the following:

  • a “maybe” bag/box
  • a “dry cleaning” bag/box
  • an “alterations/repairs” bag/box
  • a “shoe repair” bag/box
  • a “sell/swap” bag/box
  • a “donate” bag/box
  • a laundry basket
  • a trash bag

If you have lots of stuff, you might need multiples of each type, so plan accordingly and have extras on hand. Procure, secure and otherwise do whatever you need to do to get your bags and boxes together today, so you’ll be ready when it comes time to start sorting. If you are using garbage bags, grab some masking tape and a marker to make labels and just go for it. For paper bags, shopping bags, or boxes, simply label them with your marker.

That’s it! When you are done gathering and labeling your first bunch of bags or boxes, STOP. That’s all you have to do today, aside from being happy that you took the first step to getting this part of your home and life back on track. Nice work.

Cures work best and are most motivating when everyone chimes in and lets us all know how things are going Please introduce yourself, share your hopes and wishes for the Cure, along with any thoughts or suggestions, requests and tips in the comments below.

And, for anyone who is curious, it’s not too late to join – we’re just getting started!