Can you barely move in your closet? If you grab for one thing, do three others fall down? Or do you just have the spring cleaning vibe? If yes, use this guide to clean out the clutter in your closet.
Let’s just say I don’t typically go into big organizational clean outs having planned ahead to do it. It is usually always an impromptu session that occurs because I’ve reached the end of my patience with the mess.
For example, I was getting dressed this weekend and as I tripped over shoes, picked out a shirt that had a marker stain on the front, and wrestled with getting my belt off the hook like I was fighting snakes in a jungle I had reached the end of my patience with the closet. CLEAN OUT TIME!
I wanted to share with you the method I use for cleaning out our clothing closets. It has worked for me. If you do this once a year you will never feel trapped within your clutter.
5 Steps for a Total Closet Clean Out
Step 1: Don’t skip over step 1 by thinking you used to fit into your favorite sweater just a mere 3 years ago and you are on you way back to that size. I truly hope you are! I wish you the best in a healthy lifestyle. But here it is: Your body changes, you know that better than anyone. You may fit into it differently than you used to.
The most important reason is: If it doesn’t fit right now, you don’t NEED it as a reminder. However, you will DESERVE the reward of a new sweater when you reach your healthy body goal.
Step 2: It does not matter how much you LOVE a piece of clothing or how fantastic it fits your body. If it is stained, damaged, frayed, or worn out it simply will not look nice or presentable to others. Take note of the brand, size and design number. Look it up online and see if you can buy a fresh replacement. Maybe in multiple colors if it is such a favorite.
Step 3: I’m fortunate if I remember what I wore in the past three days…that is if I just finished a cup of coffee. Remembering 6 months ago may seem difficult, but just be honest with yourself. I had many skirts that while I knew still fit, and were not damaged, I also knew that I had not worn them in 2+ years. They aren’t in style (or my style anymore), and most likely aren’t coming back into style. Donate.
Step 4: Some items really are only wear once or twice a year kind of items. Nothing wrong with that. I have a designer dress that I save for formal weddings, special events, etc. Same thing applies to seasonal items (bathing suits, parkas, etc.).
Step 5: Here is the catch all, “As long as you are wearing them once or twice a year”. My designer dress that I wear for formal occasions, it may only be worn once a year, and it also follows step 1.
Additional Tips & Tricks
- Categorize your clothes. Sleeveless, T-Shirts, Long Sleeves, Pants, Skirts, etc.
- If you can donate your gently used clothing to a LOCAL thrift store that is great. Some local thrift stores will offer a credit plan, or donation perks. If you donate you can receive credit towards any future purchases you make in their store.
- Re-use any clothes you can for cleaning or shop rags.
- Best Tip: Once you have cleaned through all your clothes for donating/tossing. Put all the clothes in your closet with the hangers hung in the opposite direction. Make note of the date. Throughout the year, whenever you launder and rehang an article of clothing, put the hanger in the correct way. At the end of a years time, whatever clothes are still hanging in the opposite direction you know you have not worn in a whole year.
I hope this helps you in clearing some of your closet clutter. It sure felt good to stand in my closet after the clean out was done!
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