Tips for Cleaning Out your Closet

Now is the perfect time to clean out your closet. It is a lot of work, but after you are finished, you will be more organized, and you won’t have to waste time in the morning searching for something to wear.

The process of cleaning out your closet may sound easy, but if you are like me, you may be emotionally attached to certain items you own. If you think that you might have a difficult time deciding on which items you should keep and which you should get rid of, invite a friend over to help you make the decision and support you during the process. Because your friend is not emotionally attached to your clothing, she can give you an objective opinion as to which items are no longer in style and should be removed from your wardrobe.

Cleaning out your closet can be a very easy and almost enjoyable process if you stay organized throughout. Before you start, you might want to read: Cleaning Out your Closet: How to Stay Organized

One way I have found to get everything organized is to separate everything (I mean everything: shoes, belts, scarves, etc.) into 5 main piles:

Pile #1: Items to keep
Deciding which items to keep and which to get rid of can be more difficult than it sounds. If you just aren’t sure what to do, find some tips here: How to Decide Which Items to Keep

Pile #2: Items you “might” wear again
The reason I created this pile was because it seems like every time I cleaned out my closet and threw or gave a bunch of items away that I thought I would never wear again, I ended up wanting to wear at least one of them a month or two later.

In order to keep this pile from becoming too big, it is best to limit yourself to how many pieces you are going to “tentatively” keep. If you just can’t decide on a specific number of items, limit yourself to the number of items that will fit in one box.

After you have filled the box with all the clothes you just aren’t sure about getting rid of, choose a date that is a month or two from now and write that date on the box. Store the box until that date – if during that time you haven’t wanted to wear anything in the box, it is probably safe to give the items away or donate them.

Pile #3: Items that need to be repaired
Before deciding to repair something, check how much it will cost. If the cost exceeds the value of the item, it might be best to throw it away and buy something new.

Also, you should make arrangements within the next week to have it repaired, if you don’t you are likely to forget about it again, and the item will sit until the next time you decide to clean out your closet.

Pile #4: Items to be donated or given to someone in need
If you are having a difficult time getting rid of certain items, remember that you are helping someone else by giving your clothes to a charity or someone you know who can’t afford to buy new clothing for themselves.

Pile #5: Items to throw away
Remember not everything should be donated. If the item is torn, damaged, or stained, it is probably best to throw it away.

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After you have sorted everything into piles:
The first thing to do is get rid of the items you are going to throw away. Put everything in a bag and take it and put it in your trash bin immediately (before you change your mind).

Second, you want to pack everything you are going to give away – the easiest way I have found to do this is to put all the items in trash bags and put them in your car, that way they won’t get mixed up with anything else.

Now for the items that need fixed. Place them in a box and put them in your car so that the next time you go out, you can drop them off to be repaired.

Finally, it is time to put everything back in your closet. If you have stayed organized throughout this whole process, it shouldn’t take you much time to put everything back in your closet.

That’s it!
Now that you’re done – sit back and enjoy how organized you are and think of all the time you are going to save in the morning when getting dressed.

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