Time to Tackle Your Closet

Spring Cleaning ” Time to Tackle Your Closet

June 10, 2008 By Susanne Myers Leave a Comment

Spring is on it way and even though it may already be tempting to spend the day outside, take a few hours to clean out your closet. You be glad you did when it is finally time to dig out those t shirts and shorts.

Try to have all your clothes washed and in your closet before you start, so you have a good idea of what you actually own at this point. Wear some comfortable cloths and turn on some up beat music. Grab a couple of rags and some all purpose cleaner to wipe off shelves and rods in your closet. Grab a couple of large trash bags and a few empty laundry baskets.

Start out by sorting everything into three piles.

1. Things you will throw away or use as rags.

Make these piles outside of your closet. With the closet empty, take some time to wipe all the shelves off with a rag and some all purpose cleaner or some soapy water. If you have wooden shelves, use a dusting spray or a barely damp cloth. If you not sure what you can use on your shelves, just give it a good dusting.

Take some time to sweep or vacuum the floor as well. Don forget to wipe the rods and clothes hangers as well.

Take a look at your three piles. If you are anything like me, pile 1 and 2 are probably pretty small and almost everything in your closet ends up in pile 3.

Time to go over the pile again. Here are a few to help you figure out what worth keeping:

If you haven worn something in 9 12 months it is probably not worth hanging on to. You may like the looks of a particular sweater, but end up not wearing it because it itches. Or you found a blouse you love, but haven been able to find anything to go with it. If you don have a very good reason to keep it, give it away or toss it.

Do you have a pair of pants or a dress that is several sizes to small, but you keep telling yourself that you will fit in it one of these days? I know this is hard, but be honest with yourself. Are you going to lose enough weight in the near future to fit in it? If you think you will, give yourself 6 months to fit into those cloths. Put them in a bag with a dated note. Set yourself an email reminder, or keep ugg boots sale a note on your fridge to check back 6 months from now. If the cloths still don fit, toss ugg boots sale them or give them away.

Look over your keeps pile again. Do you notice several similar items? Do you have 6 pairs of black dress slacks, 3 pink sweaters etc? Do you really need 6 pairs of black pants? Pick 2 or 3 of your favorites, or the ones that are in best shape a ugg boots sale nd toss the rest. Do the same with the sweaters. Pick one to keep.

Don forget to look through your socks and undergarments as well. Get rid of anything you wouldn want to be seen in. Spend a few dollars on some new items if you don have much left when you are done.

Now it is time to put your keepers back in the closet. Take a few minutes to figure out what goes where best. Divide your clothes by season and keep them together accordingly. It will make it easy to switch your spring and summer items to the back of the closet in the fall.

A few last tips for those of us tempted to pull stuff back out of the do not keep piles. If you are planning on using some items as rags, go ahead and cut them up now. You can keep them in a pla ugg boots sale stic bag or small cardboard box in your cleaning supply closet.

Take the bags to be thrown away or given to charity as soon as possible. The longer they sit around the house, the more tempted you will be to dig something back out.

That it. With a little luck you have enough room in your walk in closet to actually walk into it at this point. You may have found clothes you forgot you had and you should have a much better idea of what actually in your closet.

Give yourself a pat on the shoulder for a job well done and go enjoy the first spring days outside. Read our full Terms of Service.

Time to switch to clear bags

Thanks to Ron Would who sent in this photograph of green bags, which will no longer be allowed for use in Markham for putting out your trash as the city switches to a clear bag system. The idea is to prevent people from putting recyclabes in with the trash by making what’s inside clearly visible. The city says it has been in touch with local retailers alerting them to the switch, and will allow a grace period through the month of May where those not using clear bags will only get a reminder stic

While the Economist Sun reported last week that Markhamites were being told they could use up the leftover dark bags to line their green bins, the region environmental promotion and protection director is stressing this is a short term solution.

The region has been promoting the use of compostable bags in green bins, said Laura McDowell. That plan is still in its early stages, with about 30 per cent compliance regionwide.

Instead, she encouraged residents to take unopened garbage bag packages back to the store, use them for storage or donating clothes, or give them to others living in municipalities where you can still use them for garbage.

Markham clear bag program is a drive to push more participation in the green bin and blue box programs, the city waste and environmental senior manager, Claudia Marsales said.

Residents who do not use clear bags for garbage after the April 30 rollout will see stickers and educational reminders left with their trash. After several warnings, if your trash is not in clear bags, it will not be picked up.

all 320,000 Markham residents will turn the ship around overnight, Ms Marsales said. majority w ugg boots sale ill. With any change, people will need reminders.

She noted as part of the switch, the city is eliminating the previous garbage bag limit.

is easier for people, she said. you have a party and have garbage, you can put five bags of garbage out.

Other municipalities are watching the Markham model, Ms Marsales noted.

However, clear bags are not regarded as a good solution everywhere, Orangeville Councillor Jeremy Williams said in an e mail after reading the Economist Sun story last week on Markham clear bag rollout.

Half of Dufferin Country uses a clear bag system but residents in Orangeville are challenging the switch, he said.

For many, the fight is centred around a resident right to privacy.

is undeniably a big issue, said Sofie Weber, an Orangeville residen ugg boots sale t who started a Facebook page, Say No to ugg boots sale Clear Bags. bags go against our basic right to privacy.

The switch to clear bags is also a dignity and women issue, Ms Weber said.

about children who wear Pull Ups or seniors who have to wear adult diapers? she said. is not anyone business when a woman is menstruating. This is a way of shaming us when we are menstruating.

It should be noted that, similar to Markham clear bag policy, Dufferin Country residents are allowed an opaque grocery bag inside the clear garbage bag for privacy items, such as diapers or feminine hygiene products.

Markham uses a different system and residents, along with the rest of the region, are already allowed to place those privacy items in the green bin for curbside collection each week, including diapers and feminine hygiene products.

While Guelph is phasing out clear garbage bags as it switches to a larger waste bin collection system similar to one being used in Toronto, Guelph solid waste general manager Dean Wyman said in the more than five years clear bags have been used, there haven been a significant number of concerns raised by residents.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality also uses a clear bag system. Instead of allowing privacy bags in the clear bag, the Nova Scotia municipality allows residents to have on ugg boots sale e large dark plastic privacy bag each week along with a maximum of four clear garbage bags.