Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tips for Decluttering Your Closet

This year, I made it a goal to have a decluttered and better organized home.  The overflowing drawers and stuffed cabinets were beginning to stress me out, and I was tired of holding onto things that we just don't use.  That's what inspired me to start this series, called "Decluttered".  Keep in mind that I'm not a minimalist...I just like to keep life simplified and in order.  And that's what this series is going to be about.

The first area that I tackled was my closet.  It was the most obvious, and probably the easiest overall.  So here are some things that I learned in purging my own wardrobe, and will hopefully make the process a little easier for you:

Pull it all out.  I found that pulling everything (Yes, everything) out of the closet and dresser, and then tossing it onto my bed was the best way to start.  No hidden pieces!  Even if it's something as silly as a Halloween costume or as simple as a pair of old socks, you need to see every single item.

Be brutally honest.  As I picked up each item from the pile, I looked at it, and was honest.  Had I worn in the past year?  Is it getting old and worn?  Does it still fit?  If I saw it hanging in a store today, would I still want to buy it?  If the answer to all of these questions was a firm "yes", then I kept it.  If I answered "no" to any of these questions, then I added it to a get rid of pile.

Categorize your keep pile.  After the sorting process was done, I took a quick break and came back to sort my keep pile.  I put like items with like items (tank tops with tank tops, jeans with jeans), and continued asking the same questions as before.  I found that there were even more items to be gotten rid of when I realized that I had more than a dozen tank tops!

Sort your get rid of pile.  I went back through my get rid of pile to decide where those pieces would go.  If it was old and worn, stained, or something personal, like underwear or socks, then I tossed it into the trash.  If it was still in good, wearable condition, then I boxed it up for donating.

Do the 6 month hanger challenge.  After I put everything back into my closet, I began the 6 month hanger challenge.  After wearing an item of clothing, I simply flipped the hanger around.  Over time, I began to physically see the clothes that I was wearing, and what was simply occupying valuable space in my closet.  Toward the end of the 6 month time period, I realized that there were even more pieces of clothing that I could lose!

Shop with a purpose.  Decluttering is a great thing to do, but the closet clutter will only come back again if you don't change your shopping habits.  I began to make a list of clothing and accessories that I could actually use in my closet, and kept that list in my purse.  Whenever I go shopping, I reference that list to keep myself from impulse buying, or getting things that really don't match anything else in my closet.

And just remember- decluttering is a process that takes time, bit by bit.  It's not an overnight success.  So be patient, and don't give up.  :)

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