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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Get Organized with Tulsa's Closet Experts

It’s Time to Organize Your Closet

Inspired by the 30 Day Minimalism Game and springtime in Tulsa, I've launched into spring cleaning mode. Today, I’m sharing a roundup of closet organization ideas I've posted previously on the blog.

Whether you're going for a month of minimalism or just need to declutter your closet, these easy, actionable tips will give you a boost. Each tip links to a blog post that goes deeper—don't miss it!

If your closet needs a fresh start this season, call us! Closets of Tulsa provides a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design to show you what’s possible before you ever spend a dime.

Booking is easy—we can usually schedule a visit within three days of your request.

Eliminate chaos and live better with custom closet solutions by Closets of Tulsa.  Call now  for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

Eliminate chaos and live better with custom closet solutions by Closets of Tulsa. Call now for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

Tip 1: Invest in a Breakup Basket

Dedicate one storage basket in your closet to clothes you don't quite love—and utilize it daily! Putting things in your breakup basket helps you detach so you can eventually move on. It’s a painless way to edit your wardrobe and create a fabulously uncluttered closet.

If you're short on space or want a fully self-contained closet, consider using a built-in laundry hamper as a breakup basket. Closets of Tulsa has so many awesome hamper options, from single, double and triple hampers with soft close hardware to pullout wire baskets.

Here’s one of our hardworking hampers in action:

Tip 2: Store Winter Clothes Outside Your Shopping Zone

As you clear the way for spring and summer, lighten your load by relocating clothes, shoes and accessories you won't be wearing. Storing winter clothes is an easy step that makes a HUGE impact on your closet organization! Check out my post on how to store off-season clothing, and don’t forget the essential prep step:

Take action while you still remember what worked and what didn’t. Which outfits made you feel fantastic? What faded, stretched out or just didn’t fit? Only store clothes that have earned their place.

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too!  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet and garage design:  918.609.0214

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet and garage design: 918.609.0214

Tip 3: Sweat the Small Stuff—Organize Ties, Jewelry, Underwear...

... socks, T-shirts, handbags, pajamas, belts—you get the idea! The smallest parts of your wardrobe are often the most neglected. My post on cleaning out small accessories will help you declutter your closet and keep only what you really use. You'll feel lighter without all the excess, and you'll have easier access to the things you enjoy most.

Matte gold belt hooks make it easy and elegant to stay organized. Eliminate chaos and live better with custom closet solutions by Closets of Tulsa.  Call now  for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

Matte gold belt hooks make it easy and elegant to stay organized. Eliminate chaos and live better with custom closet solutions by Closets of Tulsa. Call now for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

Tip 4: Uncollecting is the New Collecting (Donate, Sell and Re-Home Your Stuff!)

Spring cleaning is prime time to let go of unneeded gifts, bad purchases and other excess. See my guide to uncollecting to make sense of why you buy stuff and why you keep it past its useful life. You’ll also learn my favorite ways to donate, sell and re-home your belongings.

Uncollect the excess so your closet holds only what you actually wear.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet and garage design:  918.609.0214

Uncollect the excess so your closet holds only what you actually wear. Call Closets of Tulsa today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet and garage design: 918.609.0214

For consignment, you won’t want to miss SoBo Co., located at 1344 E. 11th St. in Tulsa’s Pearl District. This beautifully curated resale shop has just the right quantity of clothing, shoes and accessories, with a delightful mix of vintage and designer finds at all price points. Even if they don’t accept your clothing for consignment (space is limited), this could become your new favorite eco-friendly boutique.

Cleaning out your closet? Consign vintage and designer fashion at SoBo Co., a meticulously curated resale shop at 1344 E. 11th St. in Tulsa’s Pearl District.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

Cleaning out your closet? Consign vintage and designer fashion at SoBo Co., a meticulously curated resale shop at 1344 E. 11th St. in Tulsa’s Pearl District. Call Closets of Tulsa today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

Make Spring Cleaning Stick This Year

Eliminate chaos and live better with a custom closet organizer tailored to your style and budget.

Call Closets of Tulsa today to request your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design. 

Uncollecting: How to Donate, Sell and Re-Home Your Stuff

Feeling heavier after the winter holidays? Sure, you've just consumed 10,000+ extra calories—but you might also be experiencing a consumerism hangover. It's high time to consider your state and press reset with a post-holiday purge.

I'm talking gifts:
The quirky Dirty Santa present still in its box.
That sweater from your in-laws you'll never wear.
And yes, the sentimental gifts you appreciate but
just don't need.

I'm also talking stuff:
Your stuff.
It's time to uncollect some of it.

Photo by danielsbfoto/iStock / Getty Images

But first, the basics:

 

Why we buy stuff 

We want it (aka: Treat Yourself).
We feel like we need it.
We use it to fill the holes of our insecurities.

 

Why we keep stuff

Our stuff is high-quality.
We spent good money on it.
Keeping it helps us avoid the feeling we might have made a bad purchase. 

 

DE-STIGMATIZing THE BAD PURCHASE

The loathing attached to a bad purchase can weigh you down every time you STILL haven't used that thing you bought. The reality is, you only use some things once (or maybe never), and that’s the end of your relationship. You wouldn't let a friend keep a closet full of old boyfriends, would you? Why keep a closet full of stuff you won't use?

When a purchase has outlived its useful life with you, let it go. Bye! 

 

GIFT
+
IMAGINED EXPECTATION
+
NO PLACE TO PUT it
=
BURDEN

 

Thirty years ago, my sister Anne gave me a large cedar chest as a college graduation gift. I recently downsized my home, and each time I try to find space for the chest where there is none, I wonder: Why am I doing this? A gift brings a moment of joy for the giver and receiver. Let an unneeded gift be that sweet, simple gesture, unburdened by the expectation you'll keep it forever. 

And now, my favorite ways to uncollect: 

 

PASS IT ON

Here are four worthy places to donate in Tulsa that might not be on your radar:

ANIMAL AID THRIFT STORE

DRESS FOR SUCCESS TULSA

WOMEN IN RECOVERY

AMVETS

 

Ca$h it in

It's not for everyone, but reselling pays if you've got the time and patience. A friend and experienced reseller tells me that quality clothing brings significant payouts on the digital platform PoshMark. For other items, eBay and Craigslist might not make you rich but usually bring higher returns than a garage sale. To consign or sell directly, try Tulsa's own SoBo Co., new this year in the 18th and Boston area (UPDATE: SoBo Co. has moved! Find them at 1344 E. 11th St. in the Pearl District.)

Consign or sell your items directly to Tulsa's new SoBo Co., 1637 S. Boston Ave.

Consign or sell your items directly to Tulsa's new SoBo Co., 1637 S. Boston Ave.

 

CURB ALERT

For times when you just need it Gone. Most of us are sorely underutilizing this magical tool for disappearing things you think surely no one would want. A Craigslist curb alert will clear just about any item—or lots of items—from your yard within hours. Post it under "free" or in the appropriate category on the site.


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