When it comes to decluttering your home, one of the most significant impacts you can make is decluttering clothes. We all strive for a clutter-free closet. Just imagine how much easier your life would be and how much smoother your mornings would run if your closet were in order. The perfect time for decluttering clothes is when the seasons change. This is ideal because you will be switching out one season’s clothing for another. Your wardrobe will always consist of the current seasons’ outfits.
As seasons change and you have to pull out all your sweaters, coats, and long pants, now is the perfect time for decluttering clothes you no longer want or need. Follow the following tips for a clutter-free closet.
Before you bring out all of your winter clothes, think about what you want to keep from last season’s clothing. Make sure you have set aside enough time to complete the task of cleaning and clearing out your closet before you get started. Trust me. It is very frustrating to begin a big project like decluttering your clothes and having all of your closet contents strewn out on your bed, then having to stop for some reason.
If you end up having to put all of your clothes back without taking the time to declutter those you no longer wear or want, you can lose momentum and the motivation to complete the task at all.
Get some empty boxes.
Get some empty boxes and mark each of the boxes with Sell, Donate, Scrap, or Store.
Sell All items in this box are those that you will sell at a consignment store or online. These are clothes that are in good repair but that no longer fit or that you no longer wear.
Donate The clothing in this box are all items that you no longer wear or want, but they are still usable. You can donate them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, or another organization that accepts clothing donations.
Scrap Put items in this box that are stained, torn, or otherwise damaged. Clothing that is no longer usable for one reason or another.
Store In this box, you will put the clothing you want to keep and store for next year’s use. You can also put clothing that you want to store because it has sentimental value in the storage box.
All of the clothes and accessories for the season that is ending should go into one of these boxes. If you are sure to do this with every season change, your closet will remain clutter-free. Of course, depending on the number of clothes you have, you may need more than one “Store” box. You can set aside your “Store” boxes somewhere out of the way where you will be storing them until the next season that you will need them.
Leave the remaining three boxes open so you can place other items in them as you take them out for this season.
Put the current seasons’ clothes in the closet.
Now that you have cleaned out your closet, you can start putting the current seasons’ clothes and accessories in the closet. Pick out the clothing pieces that you know you will wear the most often and place them in a prominent place in your closet.
For the rest of your clothing, consider whether you want to keep the pieces that are not your favorites. Get rid of those clothes that you no longer like or that no longer fit.
Make sure you take the boxes out to your car to take them to where they are going, whether it be the donation center, the consignment store, or the trash for those no longer usable. That way, they will not be cluttering your room.
Turn your hangers around.
As you place the items into your closet, turn the hangers around backwards. At the end of the season, look through your closet and see how many hangers face the wrong way. Take those items out and decide whether you want to keep them or not.
Think about whether they could be useful to someone else or if you really would rather keep them. You may also want to consider how having fewer clothes can make your life easier. Be realistic about whether you are going to wear something again or not. Even if you have only worn it once, or in some cases never, don’t keep an item of clothing out of guilt or because it is brand new.
Please think of how someone else can make great use of that piece of clothing and appreciate it. There is no use in them taking up precious space in your closet when you are most likely never going to wear these clothing items again.
If you need a little extra help in this area, read this article on how to get rid of clothes for lots of great tips.
Choose how you organize your closet.
Next, you will want to choose how you are going to organize your closet. Some people like to organize their clothes by colors, others by length, and still others by whether they are part of outfits and are worn together. You will know the best way to organize them based on your own needs and taste.
Here are some great tips for how to organize your closet that will give you some great ideas. When you are finished, you can step back with satisfaction and breathe a sigh of relief that you now have a clutter-free closet.
Follow these steps, and you can begin each season with a clutter-free closet. As you go through a couple of seasons, each time, it will take you less time to declutter your wardrobe. Eventually it will only contain the clothing you wear. You will find decluttering clothes to be a much easier task than you imagined if you regularly follow this decluttering process that has been laid out in this article.
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