Throughout my four years at college (boy I sound old), I was in a constant cycle of packing and unpacking. I’d come home for the summer and have to put all of my clothes back into my closet. Then I’d have to pack it all up again when I’d head back to school. Each time I would get so overwhelmed looking at all of the stuff I had.
But then I always had this sense of relief when everything was in its place. I also felt better when I got rid of stuff that was simply collecting dust. I hope these tips can help keep you organized and stress-free.
I have lots of stuff and not a lot of space. Put things together that go together. For example, I don’t need five Alex & Ani boxes. I combined all of my bracelets into one box to free up space for other jewelry.
2. Make things visible
You’ll be more likely to wear things that you can see. When I was unpacking, I found a necklace I totally forgot that I had. I decided to lay it out with other pieces so I could see it and remember what I had.
3. Take a look at what you have.
Be aware of what you already own, especially before you shop for a new season. If you have three pairs of white denim, do you really need another pair? If you don’t need all three, donate a pair?
4. Get rid of what you don’t need.
It’s okay to throw away a shirt that you wore in middle school. It would probably be a crop top by now. If you didn’t wear it last season and it doesn’t have sentimental value, strongly consider tossing it.
5. Declutter often.
I recommend reorganizing at least twice a year, or when you’re going through a major time of transition. Now that I’m out of college, I’ve really been focused on living minimally. It’s not worth having unnecessary junk.