Cleaning out your closet should be done every few months. If we have a consistent schedule for house chores, then a closet clean out should have one as well. It is easy to leave clothes in closets or storage containers, but as time passes, the sizes you wear and even your taste in clothes might change. Perhaps it’s time for a closet clean out.
And we don’t mean a simple closet clean out where you sift through your clothes and throw out a few items of clothing. With our closet clean out guide, you’ll feel like a professional organizer—you can inspect and reflect on your clothing so you can reorganize items and get rid of anything that is no longer needed.
Ready to clean out your closet? Read on to find out the best way to do it.
Block Out Time For It
You need to be thorough if this is an extreme closet clean out. To be able to do that, you need time. Before anything, block off at least half a day for this task. This way, you won’t have to rush through decision-making or organizing.
Bring Them All Out
By bringing all your clothes out, you’ll be confronted with just how much you own. Taking them out will take time, but we promise you’ll feel less inclined to keep your clothes this way. If you remove them from their hangers and drawers, you won’t be tempted to keep clothes just because it’s the option that takes less effort. On the bright side, returning your clothes will be less of a burden if you decide to discard a lot of them.
Separate By Season
When doing a closet clean out, you have to consider the changing of the seasons. Each season needs different kinds of clothes. While some will have overlapping needs, the summer and winter will have wildly different clothing attires. When this is the case, it is best to keep the seasonal clothes together. Whether you keep them grouped together in your closet or have them stored away, it will be easier to see what you have to wear while reflecting on the season. From there, you can decide what to keep or discard.
Question Your Clothes
When deciding on what to keep or discard, you must consider these questions: Is it comfortable? Will you wear it often? Will you miss it if you give it away? Does it spark joy? Does it fit your style? Does it fit your lifestyle? Does it fit? These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself when debating whether you should keep items of your clothes. Tweak the questions to suit your priorities and then use them in your decision-making. If the piece of clothing doesn’t say yes to your questions, then that’s a sure sign that you need to toss it.
Sort Into Piles
As you go through each item in your closet, sort them into three piles: Keep, Donate, and Toss. The clothes you’re going to keep, the clothes you’re going to donate or give away, and the clothes you can use as rags. You can even add more piles depending on your needs. If you know how to alter your clothes, you can have a pile for sewing, and if you plan to sell online, you can dedicate a pile for that.
A closet clean out will have you sifting through your clothes, questioning if they suit your needs, and then placing them into different piles. It may be a daunting task but with these great tips, you’ll get it done in no time.
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