One thing I love with every New Year is the fact that I can hit restart in many aspects of my life. It is also a great opportunity to declutter my life, my computer, and my house and get rid of the things that I am not using as much as I would like or didn’t work for me at all. I usually start with my closet, because for some reason, even though I have cut down on buying clothes, I still find it full of stuff, for which I rarely reach for. This is why I believe cleaning it out often is crucial. I have been doing this a few years now, thusfar I can confidently claim that I have pretty much mastered it. I finally am in the position to share with you, my 8 steps to declutter your closet efficiently!
8 Steps to Declutter Your Closet Efficiently
If you are someone like me, that likes fashion and dressing up, then I am pretty sure your closet has looked like a nightmare at some point. This probably happened because you have more stuff than you actually use and you are not ready to get rid of old or unworn ones, because who knows? Maybe someday you will wear them. Even though you know that this is never the case, you still keep filling your space with unloved things.
If you are sick of this, and owning many useless items is not your thing anymore, then you are in the right place! I used to be one that valued quantity over quality in clothes and it got me anywhere. Yet owning less and better quality has proven to be much better! I can be more creative this way and wear all the things I own. No hidden gems at the bottom of the last drawer anymore. 😛
So ready to finally create the closet of your dreams? Keep reading for the steps!
Step 1. Completely empty your closet(s) and toss everything on your bed
In order for your decluttering to be successful and efficient, you need to start from the beginning. The first step is to completely empty all the places you have clothes in and toss them on your bed or the floor. Don’t forget to remove the hangers, the compartment boxes etc. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if you own a lot of things, but it will worth it when you are done. You decided to declutter your closet in the first place, so there is no turning back now.
Step 2. Clean, repair, and rearrange your wardrobe
The next step is to clean the inside of your closet. It hasn’t seen the light in a long time and it has probably gathered some dust, which you need to clean. If it needs some repairs now is the time. You are doing a new start here, so it needs to be perfect. You can even rearrange if you have the chance ad believe it will work better.
Step 3. Create 3 different piles
You need to create 3 different piles to distribute all of your garments. These are the:
- “Keep it” pile
- “Need time to think about it” pile
- “No way I am wearing this again anytime soon” pile
You need to be brutal and honest with yourself. For the “Keep it” pile you need to ask yourself if you still love and wear this item, to this day, and if you can’t see yourself not loving it anytime soon. If any of these questions have a negative or uncertain answer, definitely resist the urge to add it to this pile. If you are not 100% sure, just add it to the second one for now. last, throw to the third pile every item that you haven’t worn in years, or you can’t see wearing in the near future.
Step 4. Retry everything in your “Need time to think about it” pile
After you finish it is time for round two. 😛 Revisit the second pile and go through it again. Usually, I end up putting the majority of my clothes here, in the hopes that I will wear them someday. But this never happens, I can reassure you. I recommend trying on every single piece from this pile and see how you feel when wearing it. If it makes you feel good, then you can keep it, but if you are not feeling sure if you like it or not, chances are that you will never wear it. Toss it on the “No way I am wearing this again anytime soon” pile and move on.
Step 5. Do a last check of what you are keeping and what not
Before you start putting everything back into your closet, do a last check of what you have kept. Is everything you kept going to be worn by you? Did you maybe cheat and hold on to something you don’t really need? If your answers are negative, then you can move on, and start putting everything back.
Step 6. Don’t forget the accessories
It is time to repeat the same process for the accessories. Bags, shoes, hats, scarfs etc. Clear out everything! This way you will be able to get the most out of the things you own. No need for a great bag to be hidden behind others you haven’t touched in years.
Step 7. Time to deal with the “getting rid of it” pile
Now that you have finished with what you are keeping and what not, it is time to decide what you will do with the clothes you are saying goodbye to. I used to give all away to charity, however, this time I decided to distribute them in 4 ways. I have some that are never or rarely worn which I will put for sale, some others I will exchange with friends that I know will love them, some that are very old and not in great quality, I will repurpose, and the rest will go to charity. You can do whatever comes to mind with this pile, just don’t throw them in the garbage. It would be irresponsible and bad for the environment.
Step 8. Try to keep it tidy
The last and the hardest step is to keep your wardrobe this way as long as possible. In order to do so, I recommend reducing your new purchases and adding something new only if you are entirely sure that you’ll wear it. One rule I recently adopted is “when one comes, one goes”. So if I want to purchase a new coat, for example, I need to get rid of an older one. It is not always easy, nor I apply it everywhere, but I try to do it when possible. Also, I like to revisit my wardrobe and do a mini tidy up every 2-3 months. This way I do not need to deal with a messy wardrobe anytime soon!
So this is it for today! I hope my 8 steps to declutter your closet efficiently will prove to be helpful. If you follow any of them, or have some killer ones I didn’t mention make sure to share them in the comments section below!