How to Declutter Your Closet

We've been there, when closing your cupboard doorway becomes an all out warfare. It's time to go through your closet, organize and get rid of some things. Take an afternoon and follow these easy steps to a cleaner closet!

  • How to Declutter Closets: Pull out everything -- yes, everything. Even the shirt you simply wore last week. Section of cutting and firming is understanding just how much you have to start with. This gives you a new start in your newly organized cupboard.
  • Assess the setup of the cupboard to the clothes you own. Does this fit your own wardrobe? Do you need more room for hanging clothes, or do you have more casual items that can be folded? Take this empty cupboard opportunity to address any structural changes you might make, like adding another hanging rod, cubby organizers, or shelving. Then, vacuum and clean the cupboard.
  • The best way to Motivate Closets: Sort clothing to four piles -- keep, try on, seasonal and give. Everything you own should fit into these four categories, and breaking the majority into smaller piles will make the task friendlier. Grabbing a few empty laundry baskets makes this sorting process simple.
  • Before putting a product back in your cupboard, ask yourself this: Why does this fit? Have I worn it in the previous year? Is it in great, clean state? Do I feel good wearing it? In case the answer is no to any of these questions, consider redirecting it to another heap. Hang or fold any store clothing and put them back into the closet.
  • Trying on all undecided clothes at once is much easier than each piece as you type through it. Keep any clothes that match and you still enjoy. Put the clothes on a hanger or fold them and put them back in the closet. Anything else must filter down into the Give heap. If needed, keep a little pile of undecided things and return to them at the end where you may have an easier time making a determination.
  • Unwanted and unworn clothing clutters your cupboard for no reason. Bear in mind, just because it's a great shirt, it does not mean you're going to wear it -- but someone else may love to.
  • Seasonal -- Clothing specific to a single season has no need to be in your closet the remainder of the year. Store these things away until the right season in storage containers, under-bed boxes, garment racks or spare cabinets. Make sure when you choose your seasonal clothes out, you remove any past-season clothes from your closet, always keeping a few in seasonal storage.
  • Do not forget to go through your clothes storage outside the closet -- follow the exact same process with dressers, trunks and coat closets. If dresser drawers have become cluttered, utilize fabric or spring-action drawer dividers to help keep smaller items organized.
  • Use ornamental baskets, bins or robe hooks to keep items that could be worn again before washing. Keeping these items separate from clothing currently arranged in your closet is going to continue to keep the clutter to a minimum, and keep clothes from wrinkling in a pile on the floor.
  • Establish a calendar reminder to revisit this process a couple of times a year.
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