How to Declutter Your Closet (pssst… Everything Doesn’t Have to “Spark Joy”)

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If things are falling out of your closet every time you open the door, it may be time clear out some of that junk!

True, sorting through and clearing out clothes can be hard, especially when you feel like some styles may come back around or you don't feel you can part with some items for sentimental reasons. The good news is, it's easier if you break things down into manageable steps and remember you don't have to do it all in one sitting or even one day. Steady progress will lead to spectacular results.

You don't have to read a book or watch an entire series to declutter that closet – just follow these easy steps:
 

Set the Stage by Prepping

This will change the game for you: Create three piles and label them "Keep", "Toss", and "Donate". The labels are self-explanatory. Some people get fancy and use baskets, but all you really need are some extra-large trashbags and you're all set. Then it's time to start figuring out which items go into which piles. 

Ask Yourself the Important Questions

As you go through the clothes in your closet, consider these essential questions.

  • Do I love it?
  • Do I wear it?
  • Does it fit?
  • Is it old or stained?
  • Does this represent me?

There are undoubtedly some clothes that you purchased on a whim or received as a gift that you don’t wear anymore or, let's face it, have never worn at all. Start there. 

 

Keep the Sentimentality at Bay

In every person's closet, there's probably at least one item that isn't worn anymore, yet, somehow, it feels special and we don't want to part with it. Choose a couple of your very favorite things and hold onto them – just ask yourself if they need to be stored in the closet. Maybe you can make art from some of the pieces like a quilt consisting of all your favorite concert t-shirts or a modern dress created from that bridesmaid dress from your second cousin's second wedding ten years ago.

 

Donate to Save the Planet 

Did you kow that textile-related waste has become a major cause for concern when it comes to landfulls? Rather than tossing everything you don't wear, consider donating clothing that's in good, resaleable condition to a local thrift store. Not only will a portion of the profits go to charity, but you'll also prevent unnecessary waste. And, another bonus is that certain clothes you may feel indifferent about could end up giving someone else great happiness! That beautiful prom dress you wore to your special night could be the affordable dress of someone else's dream. (See? There's lots of joy to be found when you clean your closet!)

 

Organize by Season

During the summer, there's no reason for your closet to be cluttered with winter coats. Store them elsewhere, such as in a vacuum-sealed bag or in a container under your bed, until you need them again. Then in the winter, swap them out with the summer clothes. This trick is a space-saver and a time-saver because you won't have to look through tons of clothes you won't be wearing for months to come. 

If you have some extra time on your hands, consider cleaning out the closets in your apartment, and your future self will thank you. Have any other tips for decluttering? Let us know in the comments below. 

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