Is your closet a disaster area filled with junk?
Or maybe it’s just jam packed with storage?
Are there clothes in there you haven’t worn in ages?
Can you even find anything in there anymore??
Closet clutter. It happens to the best of us.
Image via Design Happens
If you’re reading this, chances are your closet doesn’t look like that. But it can!
However, be warned (but don’t be scared). Tackling closet clutter won’t be easy. But that’s probably why it’s cluttered in the first place.
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Utilizing these 5 simple steps to declutter your closet will bring you closer to that disaster-free closet you’ve been wanting.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Set aside some time, and get some boxes.
This step might take a few hours. The bigger your closet, the more time it’s going to take to sort through everything. In this step you’re going to want to get boxes to help organize the items in your closet. The amount of boxes you’ll need depends on how much stuff you have in your closet.
2. Take everything out, empty it into a pile. All of it.
Yup, that’s right. Take every single thing you have in your closet, out. Gutting your closet makes it easier to organize. It also gives you a sense of everything you’re holding onto.
3. Quickly sort into 3 piles. Do not dilly dally, or sit on the fence.
You have three choices… Keep it, toss it, or maybe. Or maybe you’ll want to have a keep pile, a toss pile, and a donation pile. Either way, this helps you decide what’s absolutely necessary to keep or what you’re comfortable with getting rid of. The key to decluttering is to let go.
4. Clean, then put the keep pile back, organized.
Once your piles are sorted you’ll want to clean out the closet and put everything back in its rightful spot. Put everything back very organized, and leave space between things if you’re able to do so.
5. Deal immediately with the other piles.
If you ended up with a “maybe” pile, mnmlist recommends putting it in a box or two for about six months. If you find in six months you don’t use anything from the box, toss it or donate it to charity.
Having problems figuring out what clothing should stay and what should go?
A “YES” answer means keep it! ” NO” means throw it away!
- Does it fit now?
- Is it in style?
- Does it make you look great?
- Does it make you feel good when you wear it?
- Does it look good from the back as well as the front?
- Socks: Does it have a match?
- White clothing: is it still white?
- Have you worn it in the last year?
Remember, if you answered “No” to anything, then Home Ever After recommends to throw it away! Check out Pt 2 in Declutter Criteria for Clothes.
If that’s not enough organization for you, these 10 steps to a decluttered closet by HGTV will definitely sort out your closet organization skills.