Would you like a clutter free closet? As the season begins to change you are probably about to pull out your shorts, tank tops, sandals, and pack away the sweaters, heavier pants and coats, right?
What if I told you now is the perfect time to release some clothes you no longer want or need.
Would you take advantage this time to declutter and accomplish that clutter free closet you have been dreaming of?
Having a clutter free closet doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Once you are able to clear the clutter it is is much easier to declutter on a routines basis.
Managing a clutter free closet is much easier than constantly attempting to manage a cluttered one.
I know this all too well because my daughter has a cluttered closet. Unfortunately, it is her choice and there is nothing I can do about it except encourage her.
If your spouse or grown children refuse to live a clutter free life, I encourage you not to stress over it. Simply focus on what space you have control over such as your closet.
Simple Tips for a Clutter Free Closet
Before you dig out the sandals, and the shorts think about what you want to keep from last season’s clothing.
Be sure you have enough time to complete the task of cleaning and clearing out your closet before you get started.
There is nothing more frustrating than starting a big project like this, having your clothes all over your bed and then having to stop for some reason.
Not only do you have to put your clothes back into your closet quickly so you can sleep that night, but you also lose the momentum and desire to work on the task at all.
Accomplish a Clutter Free Closet using the “S” Method
Get four empty boxes and mark each of the boxes with one of these “S” words – Swap, Sell, Store and Scrap.
- Swap – Items in the Swap box are those you will give or swap with a friend who wears your size.
You can also donate them to Salvation Army or Goodwill. These are clothes you do not wear any longer but are still in good condition.
- Sell – Items in this box are those you will sell at a consignment store or online.
These clothes are still in good repair but no longer fit. Or you no longer want. I highly suggest using the One Year Rule for this.
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- Store – Items in this box are those you will store for next year’s use or something that has sentimental value to it.
Only store clothes that you know you will wear again. Too often we store clothes that we know we will never wear again… like Mom Jeans.
- Scrap – Items in this box are stained or torn and therefore no longer usable.
Although this may be hard, it is important to have self-discipline and get rid of any clothing, shoes, and/or accessories that a. you don’t use or wear anymore or b. are not worth repairing.
All of your clothes (cleaned and pressed) and accessories for this season should go into one of these boxes.
Of course, depending upon the number of clothes you have, you may need more than one “store” box. Be sure to set the “store” boxes aside out of the way.
Leave the remaining boxes open so you can place other items in them as you take out the clothes for this season.
However, try not to have too many store boxes. The point of a clutter free closet is to minimize your wardrobe.
Organizing Your Clutter Free Closet
Now that you have cleaned out your closet, it is time to start putting this season’s clothes and accessories into the closet.
Pick out the things you know you will use most often and place them in a prominent place in your closet.
Consider whether you want to keep the rest of the clothes that are not your favorites.
Get rid of clothes you no longer like or you know will not fit any longer.
Take the remaining boxes out to the car so they are not cluttering your room. This also prevents you from procrastinating when it comes time to get rid of the clutter.
You may want to use this trick to help you learn which clothes you can purge once the season starts.
As you place items into your closet, turn the hangers around backwards.
At the end of the month, look through your closet and see how many hangers face the wrong way.
Take those items out and re-evaluate whether you want to keep them or if they can find a new home with someone else.
Choose how you organize your closet.
Some like to place clothes in the closet by colors, others by length and still others by whether you wear them together.
You will know the best way to organize them based on your own personal needs.
When you are done, you can step back with satisfaction and breathe a sigh of relief that you now have a clutter-free closet.
A Clutter-free Closet for a Clutter-free Life by Courtney Carver