A mountain of clothes litters the floor and from it you pull any items you can see that will
a) fit you and
b) look and smell relatively clean.
You can’t open the wardrobe door or chest of drawers because the floor mountain is in front of it? It is possible that you have lots of space in the wardrobe but you don’t actually know because it is so long since you last were able to explore its interior.
Take courage in both hands and sort the mountain into separate piles on your bed: tops, trousers, jeans, jumpers, underwear etc. Have the laundry basket close by for the things that don’t pass the visual and/or nasal tests.
The pile will now take a form that is easier to deal with.
Once the wardrobe/drawers are accessible check what is inside. Chuck any that are too small too big or follow advice in part 1 of this blog.
Clean the cupboard spaces and line drawers and shelves with pretty paper. Old Sunday supplements are perfect for this job as long as you don’t let them distract you from the task in hand.
Why do this? Because we don’t like cleaning and the next time you have to sort your cupboard you take out the lining paper and throw it away before putting fresh paper down.
Think carefully about your wardrobe. Why did you stop using it?
Do you dislike hanging things up?
Maybe a hanging wardrobe is not for you. Get a local handyman to fill the hanging space with shelves and put your clothes in neat piles on them.
Do you hate coat hangars that snag on each other?
Try buying some rounded plastic ones or wooden ones. They are better for your clothes and snag less easily.
Do you find it difficult to find what you want?
Think about putting items you wear together next to each other rather than sorting your wardrobe into trousers, skirts, tops. Now you have outfits together instead and you take three things out together. Now if the coat hangars snag it won’t matter so much because they are all coming out together anyway.
If all this is too daunting you can get help.
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