Getting more organized is among one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions. When getting up to start our day the first thing we do is to try and find something to wear in order to go about our daily schedule. Why not also include organizing our closets as one of our New Year resolutions? This will help an individual quickly find what is needed to start the day. Time will not be wasted in trying to find misplaced items or pieces of clothing that no longer fit or are outdated. According to author Melanie Charlton of Shop Your Closet; staying organized for the long term is an ongoing method in which one purges the wardrobe at least every four months. (Shop Your Closet, 2008). Today it is easier than ever to keep closets more organized since there are many new shops catering to recycling reused clothing and the selling of special containers and fixtures that effectively keep everything more organized.
The steps and tips given to keeping closet organized are simple and explained below:
· Accept that change is needed and set a week-end aside to go through closet
· Sort clothes in three categories: Throw away, Give away and Keep
· The keep pile of clothing should have the items worn within the last year
· Learn to comfortably lose the habit and ways that make you cling to every thing
· Edit or purge your wardrobe at least every four months
· Purchase classic items that integrate with existing wardrobe or enhance what already owned
· Editing a wardrobe is a constant process however with so many consignment, local charities and used clothing boutiques your discarded items could help someone else
· Avoid overly trendy items but add a piece of a trend that works with existing clothing
In summary, new habits and resolutions are not easy to keep; however with each attempt one becomes more successful. According to a study by University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, getting organized is at the top at number two for New Year resolutions and involves getting better organized in most areas of our lives. During the first week 75% of most resolutions are kept but after six months only 46% are maintained. Eight percent in general become extremely successful at their goals. Just remember that some disorganization may be considered by some as creative disorganization and the key is to not allow disorganization become too permanent.