Closet Cleanout Tips

If you love clothes and shopping like I do, your closet may be a bit untamed, overstuffed, and unorganized. Like me, you may have a large array of clothes including items you no longer wear or want, items you've never worn as evidence by the price tag still attached, items you can’t remember buying, and items you haven't touched in I don't know how long.

Regardless of how many clothes you have or how you accumulated them, it may be time to clean out your closet.

Too many clothes?

Let me start by saying, this is not a bad problem to have. So you like buying cute clothes and the latest fashion trends. There are worse things to splurge on.

I began treating myself to new clothes some years ago when my self-love and confidence reached an all-time high. I began treating myself to new clothes because I finally liked how I looked in them. Not only was I buying clothes that I knew I liked, but I also bought clothes to experiment with, styles, colors, and patterns I wanted to try, styles I wanted to wear but never had the confidence to do so. Once I fell in love with some of the ne styles I tried, I began treating myself to new clothes more and more often.

Over the years, I began losing weight so I began treating myself to new clothes in my new size. My closet soon became filled with a combination of old clothes that still fit, some that didn't, and new clothes that fit perfect. Again, the combination of confidence and my love for clothes and the latest fashion trends, caused me to buy more and more and now here I am, in need of a closet refresh.

Regardless of how I got here, the fact of the matter is I have too many clothes. I've never had this issue before but I can't stand the growing clutter of clothes in my closet anymore. I've known for a good amount of time now that I should have cleaned out old clothes that I no longer wear, especially since I continue to buy new clothes. I knew now was the time because I recently ordered clothes that have nowhere to go so they've been moved daily from my work chair to the foot of my bed, back to my work chair.

I lowkey fear being a hoarder and typically once a year I'll go through some of my things to make sure they still serve a purpose in my life in some way, shape, or form. If not, I part ways with it. I've done this with my closet in the past but, like I said, this is the first time I've had this many clothes to tackle and it's kind of hard deciding where to start. If you're having trouble figuring out where to start with your closet cleanout project, try some of these tips below.

Schedule time to clean.

Like I said, I've been meaning to clean out my closet for a while now. If you're serious about cleaning out your closet, don't be like me. Schedule a specific time to get this cleaning done, a realistic time that you can stick to. If you're typically tired after work, then don't tell yourself that's when you'll get the cleaning done. Schedule time for the weekend instead.

Cleaning out your closet can be overwhelming, my current situation, so go into it with a plan to get it done and to stay motivated for the next few hours. My favorite thing to do when cleaning - play some music. It's a great way keep you motivated.

Donate clothes.

I love donating clothes and highly recommend it. If you have clothes in good condition that you're not going to ever wear again, why not give them to someone less fortunate?

I've donated clothes for years. When my brother, sister, and I were younger, I remember our mom would ask us to go through our clothes every year and decide which ones didn't fit and which ones we just didn't want anymore. She'd collect all our clothes in one bag and donate them. Even if we didn't have a huge bag of clothes to giveaway, we still donated.

I was so used to that method of getting rid of clothes that I continued to do so into my adult years. I remember being away from home on my college campus, I'd call my mom to see when she was donating clothes again and discussed the best way for me to get my old clothes to her to donate.

Unfortunately, with the pandemic, I'm not sure if donations are being accepted, which sucks, but I get it. I need to do my research because I have a decent amount that I want to give away.

You can also sell your gently used clothes or give them away to a friend.

Sort clothes into piles.

This may seem like an obvious thing to do but you never know. Some people tackle a project without a plan and just figure it out as they go. Now I'm not one of those people, I definitely need to lay out a plan for just about everything.

Create a keep and give away pile, and be realistic with yourself about the items to keep. You can't keep everything. Though I fear being a hoarder, I have a bad habit of making excuses to keep certain items over and over again.

Feel free to go through a line of questioning with yourself about what to keep and why.

  • When was the last time I wore this?

  • Have I worn this in the last year?

  • When will I wear this in the next few months?

  • Does it fit?

  • Do I like the way I feel when I wear it?

Items you don’t need that are still in good condition go in the give away pile. If there's anything that's really worn, torn, has stains or rips, feel free to toss these items completely. Once you’ve put all clothes into a pile, don’t second guess your choices. Keep moving and don’t lose momentum.

What is the best way to clean out your closet?

The best? I'm not sure. There are multiple ways to get this done but I like to start by taking everything out the closet, including hangers. Place the clothes on your bed to sort. m on your bed or an equally sufficient spot. This helps give you a visual of the space available in your closet. Think of what will fit comfortably as you replace items you plan to keep.

Also, with the clothes spread on your bed, you can’t go to sleep until you finish the project. Ha. Hopefully this helps motivate you to not stop working until you’re done.

Clean your closet.

Before putting your keep pile back in the closet, clean the inside while it’s empty. Dust, wipe down, and scrub the inside, sweep or vacuum the floor.

Make other modifications to your closet.

I'm considering installing new shelves or buying organizing drawers to accommodate my needs. I have a decent size closet so I think the space will allow for such modifications. If you feel you need additional racks or shelves to create more space or help with organization, I encourage you to get them. I know we don't spend much time in our closets but there's nothing worse than an unclean space. Regularly dealing with a closet with tightly crammed clothes and hangers sticking out in every direction is a pain.

Clean out your closet so you have a decluttered space, easy access to your clothes, and the space for more clothes in time.

Are there any closet cleanup tips that you swear by? Please share them in the comments. I'm always looking for new things to try and new ways to improve.

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