By now, you’ve all surely heard of how important it is to declutter your closet – and for a multitude of reasons. Not only does it squash the notion of “I have nothing to wear” as you stare at your closet full of clothes, but it also starts your day off on a calm foot. Gone are the days where you’ll be rummaging through clothing you haven’t worn in years. No last minute impulsive shopping trips because you can’t find “that one item” that you know is somewhere and you “need it for this weekend” and you simply don’t have the time to scour your closet. We’ve all been there, but there’s a much simpler way to go about this.
Rather than go on and on about the other reasons why you should be decluttering, I want to go ahead and tell you how you should be decluttering so that you don’t have to continue to do this time and time again. Because lets be honest – it can be a tad stressful and not to mention, time consuming. (That’s why I always recommend pouring yourself a nice glass of red wine and listening to some feel good jams) So let’s get started!
Tips For Decluttering Your Closet
Have the proper organization essentials
Setting your closet up for success is rule number one. If you don’t have the proper storage, even beginning this process is going to feel a bit nightmarish, so we want to avoid that at all costs :) If you need to, you can purchase storage bins and label them for your seasonal items. (more on that in a bit) Having a rack designated for your shoes as well as racks that are adjustable so you can properly hang your pants, dresses and tops without having them drag and wrinkle is ideal. I also swear by these hangers. They’re so gentle on your clothes, and also make everything feel so much more together. There are so many affordable options to conform your closet to work for you, not against you. Especially for those of you who are renting. Drawers from The Container Store are a really great place to start and will get you well on your way to having a functional closet that brings you peace of mind.
Get rid of what you don’t wear
First, pull every single thing out of your closet that you own. Yep, everything! Then lay it down on your bed. Pick up each thing one by one and give it a good look over. Are there any holes or pesky stains? How’s the coloring? Is it still in tact? What about the texture? Does it make you want to take a nap in it? Lastly, ask yourself this question: “Have I worn it in the last 60 days?” If the answer is no, let it go.
Another method is the “love vs like” question. Do you love it or do you like it? If it’s a like, it goes in it’s own separate pile. My mom taught me this trick years ago, and I actually use it outside of my own home as well. When I’m shopping and in the dressing room, I give myself a quick second to decide if it’s a like or a love. I 100% follow my gut instinct in this department and its saved me so much time (and money). If you struggle from impulse purchases this is definitely a method that’s worth trying. Remember, it takes 21 days to break a habit, so go easy on yourself and keep trying ;)
Tip: If you feel overwhelmed by this process because you just don’t know where to start – give yourself a season and try this trick: hen you wear something in your closet, turn the hanger the other way. Even when you put that item back, make sure the hanger is facing towards you, so that you can keep track that it’s in fact been worn, and it’s something you’re gravitating towards. At the end of the season (when the weather starts to change) simply take note of what you wore, and what you didn’t. Begin your process right then and there :)
(You can view my first capsule wardrobe that I created for fall right here)
Donate your clothes
If you have items that you don’t think are worth selling, or perhaps have a little wear and tear to them, definitely consider donating to charities or places like Goodwill. It feels great to give back, but it feels just as great to open up room for the items and clothing that you love. Just don’t forget to grab a receipt as it’s a write off for your taxes. You an also put things aside for your friends and family. When you’re going through your “love vs. like” piles, make a separate pile for donations so they don’t get mixed up.
How to make money off of your closet
Once you’ve gotten through everything that you own, visit the “like” pile and write down each item and how much you want for it. Then, do not hesitate another minute to create an account on eBay and sell each item in your pile. I’ve made quite a profit simply by selling items that didn’t get much wear, and it couldn’t be any easier. There are also other online platforms like Tradesey and Poshmark that act similarly to eBay and reach a different demographic. (I’ve had more luck on eBay than the others). You can also set up an Instagram centered around clothes you’re selling and gain onlookers by using the proper hashtags. I’ve heard of quite a few people having good success with this. Depending on how many things you have to sell, it may be worth a shot!
Handling your off-season items
When I’m decluttering, I always keep in mind that I live within the four seasons. My closet is quite large to where I can divide it up by section, which is usually how I handle this. When it’s summer, my winter items are hanging on the rack to the back of my closet. Down coats and winter hats are folded up and go into a storage bin that’s labeled “winter”. These bins rest at the top of my closet on a super high rack. For those of you who may be a bit tight on space, that’s okay. You can still apply the same method by purchasing storage bins and keeping them in your garage or under your bed.
So there you have it – some of my fool proof tips for decluttering your closet (the easy way). When you have a simple method for what you’re trying to achieve, not only does it become less daunting, but it’s not something you have to continue to do again and again. That’s the whole point with living simply and mindfully. Life is too short to have to keep up with messes, clutter and life’s little headaches. If we’re able to eliminate them all together in one fair swoop, why wouldn’t we do just that?! I completely understand that so much of this can at times sound easier than actually doing it, but I’m living proof that it doesn’t have to be the case. Sometimes, the hardest part is just to begin – so why not pour yourself a glass of your favorite red wine, play some feel good jams as mentioned above, and design your closet (eh em – life) to work for you, not against you. Here if you need me. x