Fall *official* is in less than 2 weeks! I swear this year has flown by so fast! I wanted to share some tips to clean out your closets because you really should do this twice a year, once for Spring/Summer and once for Fall/Winter. I also think the clean out for fall is more important because cold weather clothing takes up twice as much room in our closets and we need to make effective use of the space. So here are my 10 tips for cleaning out your closet efficiently and without all the stress!
1- Play music so you get in a groove and a positive, energized mind set!
2- Separate your clothing/bags/shoes/accessories into 3 piles: keep, donate, and toss, and always have a donate and toss bag to put those items in directly, this way you won’t keep looking at an item you nixed and give it time to wear down your resolve.
3- Always have a donate bag to toss things into when the mood strikes you and not just when it’s time to clean your whole closet.
4- Ask yourself these questions if you get stuck on a “yes” or “no” item and if you answer “No” to any of these or “Yes” to the last question, it goes in the toss or donate pile.
- Does it fit me well?
- Do I love it? (we’re talkin love people not like)
- Can I remember the last time I wore it?
- Did I even remember I had this?
- Do I feel comfortable wearing it?
- If I was shopping would I buy this now?
- Is it stained or damaged?
If I know I should probably get rid of something but I’m stuck about it, I just remind myself that I won’t remember it when it’s gone and there are so so so many other clothing items out there I will fall in love with in the future. These aren’t life and death decisions.
5- Use the backward hanger strategy. Everyone has probably heard of this one and it actually does work. You put all the clothes your hang in your closet backwards so the open end of the hanger faces you. As you wear the items you put them in normally so you can easily see what you have worn and what you haven’t.
You end up seeing what you wear the most often and you get to see what items you don’t wear as the months go on which will make donating them much easier. Why hoard it and let it take up valuable rel estate when someone out there is waiting for it? I recommend doing this strategy for a year vs 6 months as some suggest because then you can make it through every season and see how functional some of your pieces are.
6- Get matching hangers. This sounds frivolous but it’s actually a great tip I employed when I moved a few months ago and also started doing the backwards hanger strategy. I recommend getting uniform hangers of a light color that are velvet or some other “grabby” material (let’s just make “grabby” a word, ok?). I use these hangers and I am so glad I switched to them from the standard plastic ones we all have.
These hangers come in lots of colors but I got the cream color and it really made my closet lighter and appear to have more space. They are also thinner than the plastic ones so they take up less space. This way you can either fit more into your closet or give your clothes more room to breathe!
The other thing I love about them is the material, and this is why my boss was raving about them and finally got me to change over, which grabs onto your clothes so they don’t slip off without leaving marks like the dips in the plastic ones. How many of you have those thin cotton tees that wrinkle and dent if you look at them? You need these hangers.
7- Fold loose knits and heavy sweaters that could loose their shape on a hanger. I have 2 of those rolling storage tubs that fit under your bed for my sweaters. I hate pulling on a sweater for the first time and having weird shoulder dents from the hangers. #nothankyou
8- Display your bags and shoes. For me, I have to do this. I hang 90% of my clothes and have my shoes and designer bags displayed on shelves so I can see them. Out of site out of mind is a defining phrase for me. If I don’t see it, I don’t wear it, so put it on display! This way you can also see what is lacking in your wardrobe and shop accordingly!
9- Get drawer organizers. This is the simplest and best advise for a lot of people who throw vs roll and fold. Drawer organizers are great for undies, socks, scarves, sunglasses, tanks, and whatever else you keep in a dresser. Again, out of sight, out of mind, so if it’s a rumbled up mess chances are you not only won’t wear what made it’s way to the back of the drawer, but you also won’t remember it’s even in there. I like this set for organizing small items in your dresser.
10- Use closet doors for storage. Raise your hand if you look at closet porn on Pinterest but have a closet that opens with sliding or folding doors? If you don’t have a huge walk in you want to take advantage of all the cranny’s and the nooks so everything has a place and it doesn’t look like a bomb went off.
Door storage is a great way to get organized when you’re hanging and drawer space is full. If you don’t have room for a shoe shelf this hanging shoe rack would be a great way to display your shoes without them being all over the floor. I also love this one for scarves and belts!
So that’s it! I actually LOVE cleaning out my closet and since I blog I’m a lot more aware of what I have in there and what needs to make room for new items. These are the tricks I use to keep my closet from bursting at the seems. If you try any of these please let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your stories and what works for you.
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