Has your closet turned into a bottomless pit of clothing and accessories that seems to have no end? If so, it is time to get that closet cleaned out and organized. I spent 2 days this last weekend cleaning out and organizing my closet and I thought I would share a few tips with you. If you are unsure about where to begin, take a peek below at 7 tricks for organizing and cleaning out your closet, so you can easily find what you need and feel more at peace in your space. Here is how to get started.
Going on Right Now –> New Grove Collaborative Members can get $25 worth of FREE Products when the place their first order of $20 or more + You’ll also get Free Shipping and a 60 day membership to Grove Collaborative! I love that Grove lets me stock up on Cleaning Essentials like Mrs. Meyers for less than the cost of Target without leaving my house! Just place your order online and all your favorites are shipped to your door! Get all the details here.
Here’s what you’ll get with your first $20 order:
- FREE Shipping & a 60 Day Trial of the VIP Program!
That’s an amazing value! Over $25 in FREE Products including FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Products and some of the best selling Grove Collaborative Items for you to try when you join today!
7 Tricks for Organizing and Cleaning Out Your Closet
1. Empty the closet.
That’s right. Empty the closet out. Entirely. Don’t leave a single item in it. By emptying the closet out you can start fresh and get a precise idea of the items you have stored in there. Pull all of the items out into a space where you can assess them. I did this one area at a time, I worked on one area, cleaned it out and put back what I loved, it’s a much easier task to determine what you love rather than what you want to get rid of.
2. Utilize the 3, 6, or 12 month rule.
Sort through each item one at a time and decide how much you use it. Utilize either the 3,6, or 10 month rule. If you haven’t used the item in one of those time frames (whichever one you choose) then it is time to donate it to someone who will. I used 12 months this time, we have been in our new house a year, and I cleaned out pretty good before we moved so I knew if I hadn’t worn it in the last year then I probably won’t wear it in the next year + Since we get all 4 seasons here we need everything from Cold Weather Clothing to Summer Clothes so I feel like 12 months gave me no excuses.
3. Invest in proper storage accessories.
Be sure you have plenty of hangers, closet dividers, storage boxes, peel and stick hooks, and other storage accessories that can help everything find and stay in its place. Having these items on hand will help you stay motivated and make the job go quickly. I also know that when I’m out of hangers it’s time to clean out my closet again, I don’t want to keep filling it up, I want to be removing as I go so that it never gets too overwhelming.
4. Discard stained or damaged items.
You will be amazed at how many of these items you hold onto thinking you will fix them, mend them, or use them as play clothes. Don’t let these items take up space. Instead, don’t think twice and discard. I also try to get rid of stuff I “MIGHT” wear again. With 4 pregnancies in the last 8 years I’ve pretty much worn every size out there at some point and time, so I’m learning to let go of things and keep what really fits well now.
5. Hang up everything that can be hung.
Shoes, belts, ties, and other accessories can stay better organized when they are hung up. If something can be hung up, do it. This keeps it off the floor and prevents it from becoming a messy pile. Utilize hooks or other storage methods to display these items. I also store the few things that are in my drawers sideways so that I can see everything quickly. It’s much easier than doing it stacked up and down.
6. Practice seasonal maintenance.
Each season, evaluate your closet and the items you truly use and wear. Since you will be pulling more seasonally appropriate items to the front of the closet at this time, it is the perfect time to discard unused items instead of just storing them to the back.
7. Keep non clothing items out.
Don’t use your clothing closet for storage. Don’t let it become a dumping ground for non clothing items. Instead, use it only for clothing and accessories, and see how much easier it can be to keep control of.
Keep these 7 tips in mind when organizing your closet and see if they can’t help you make it the best and most efficient space ever!
One of the things I love doing is keeping up with my cleaning on a daily basis, I put together a FREE Daily Cleaning Checklist for you to download and help keep you on track so you don’t get overwhelmed! Click Here to Download Your FREE Daily Cleaning Checklist