Time to organize your closet for fall
After returning from the vacations, it's time to put your home in order, prepare for the new season, autumn, and also check and clean out your clothes cupboards.
Tidying expert Marie Kondo knows a thing or two about it. We recently commented on magasIN that even she struggled to keep order. Now, it reveals another, very simple, trick for coping with closet cleaning.
The four-box method
It's all about putting the four-box method into practice. The system is based on four keys: sell, donate, save and discard. These are the four categories that will enable us to select clothes and define them easily. This can also be done with other items in the home, such as bedding.
This Japanese organization system starts by getting four very large boxes and we'll allocate each box to one of these four actions.
Sell your clothes
In the box for sale, include clothes you've worn a lot, but which are still in perfect condition and which you no longer wish to use. Also, of course, you can sell items that you haven't worn once because they didn't convince you, because they don't fit, or because they gave it to you and you don't know what to do with it…
There are plenty of second-hand platforms selling clothes, accessories and home furnishings.
Donate your clothes
In the cities, there are many containers from various organizations such as Cáritas, the Red Cross, Oxfam and Humana. Of course, the clothes you donate must be in perfect condition so that they can be used by the people who need them.
Register the clothes you use
Everything you're actually going to use over the next quarter goes in this box. In other words, you should get rid of anything you don't wear. If you haven't worn this piece in the last two years, it's probably time to say goodbye.
Throw away clothes in poor condition
This last box will be filled with clothes that are in poor condition and that you're no longer going to wear. Of course, use the clothes and shoes points so that they can be recycled. Some fashion companies reuse items to create new ones.
More tips for organizing your closet
In addition to the four-box system, the expert also recommended other methods for bringing order to the closet.
For example, the method known as vertical folding or Konmari, in which he suggests rolling or folding clothes so that they can be stored vertically.
In this way, a lot of space can be saved, visual harmony is also achieved and the garments are visible so that they can be selected every day.
Categorize your clothes
One trick, which seems pretty obvious, but not everyone does, is to organize pieces into categories:
Shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, skirts, coats, suits, bags, scarves, belts, hats, etc.
So, in the closet, there's a section for each category of clothing.
The Japanese recommend placing the heaviest clothes on the left of the closet and the lightest on the right.
Long items are also included in the heavy category. So, as you move towards the right-hand side of the closet, the length of clothes gradually shortens. One way would be to start on the left side, coats, followed by dresses, blazers, pants, skirts and blouses.