So I am a little bit of a clothes hoarder. I hate getting rid of clothes because I always feel like I’m going to be looking for them or missing them later (which means that the whole “have you worn it in the past 6 months?” rule doesn’t always help me). But I have come to find other ways to get rid of things I no longer need in my closet.
1. Donate them
This makes me feel a lot less guilty about getting rid of things in my closet that are still in pretty good condition. I put those things into a pile to be donated so that I know that someone is still getting use out of items that are just being wasted in my possession.
2. Try them on first
Trying on the clothes first will definitely help you get rid of items in your closet. Do you feel good in the items? Can you see yourself wearing this again? Does it even fit anymore? If the answer the question is no then just get rid of it.
3. Box the special pieces
There are some things in our closet that are sentimental, trust me I get it. So keep those pieces but put them in a special box to save them if they are that important to you, don’t just keep them hanging up. Think Regina King keeping her wedding dress in a Cinderella Story.
4. Reorganize it to be more productive
After you’re done reorganize your closet so you can make sure you know where everything is and you don’t overbuy later. I usually organize by item with dresses together, shirts together, jeans together, etc.
How do you clean out your closet? Let me know in the comments!
9 thoughts on “4 Tips for Cleaning out your Closet”
This is so me! I hate throwing away clothing because I never know when I’ll need or want it again but I always feel better when I donate it.
Hi, I’m a huge fan of decluttering and cleaning out my closet. But, I never thought of boxing the special pieces. Great idea! Thanks! Melissa
I’m overdue for a good closet clean-out. My problem is that I gain and lose weight so frequently, I have to keep about 3 different sizes of clothes…
My closet is still a bit disorganized even though I am already taking some clothes for donation. Some of them I am still sad to throw away, I should try them first and see what I can do with them. Great tips!
Recognizing it to be more productive is really a key thing, like I down grade my clothes to become work in yard wear or paint wear once it is worn, but I only keep just a few pieces for this type of use. Then is recognizing useful layering pieces and classic that never go out of trending styles.
My husband and I share a small closet so I stick to a few simple pieces that can be interchanged.
This is what I need to do sometime soon! My closet is a complete disaster area. I keep putting it off, since it tends to be so overwhelming to me. Thanks for the great tips!
My walk-in closet is a disaster! However, this post has motivated me to dig in and clean it out. Thanks!
Thanks for this post! My closet definitely needs to be cleaned. Donating is always a great idea–definitely makes you feel better about getting rid of things!