Do ever get up in the morning open your closet door and instantly feel overwhelmed? What I find funny is we have a closet full of clothes but we never have anything to wear.
I don’t know about you but this use to drive me crazy. Yes, we as women go through stages, especially that time of month, where we just don’t feel good in anything we put on.
But what if we could change that? What if we could simplify our closet and organize it on a budget? What if I gave you step by step instructions on how to love your closet small or large?
In this post I put together 7 of the Best Tips and Resources to help you do just that!
I have taken tips from all 7 Bloggers and combined them into a step by step plan just for you.
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Benefits of Decluttering Your Closet
There are many benefits to decluttering your closet but my most favorite is no more stress. Being able to find something so easily just makes my day.
Of-course you could argue that I have always been a bit of a minimalist however there are so many advantages to decluttering. Especially your closet. Below are just a few of the benefits:
- Clothes you don’t wear no more can be donated – recently I decluttered my son’s closet and gave all his jeans, some shirts, and a couple hoodies (still in great condition) to my cousin for her son.
This one simple act of kindness filled with me joy. There was a time when I couldn’t afford to buy my kids new clothes.
So being able to now hand down clothes to someone else in need is something I cherish. Of-course I would never give anything away that was tore up or worn out.
- Less wrinkles and creases in the clothes you do want to wear – by simply tossing out or donating the clothes you no longer wear you actually create more room! This means less wrinkles and creases. Which means less ironing, if you do that.
- Best of all you are no longer confused or overwhelmed by what to wear – Or not to wear.
- Creating outfits will be much simpler
- You can sell items that are still in great condition that were pricey – this is a good way to pay down debt.
And honestly who knows what else you might find besides clothes in your closet that you could also sell. I know my husband has somethings in my closet I could sell 😉
Best Way to Organize a Closet
Honestly, I don’t know if there is a best way to organize a closet. I do know that there are steps you can take to making easier so won’t want to give up.
Tip 1: from Lauren at Simply Well Balanced – How to Declutter your Clothes Closet; For Real This Time!
If you easily overwhelmed then Lauren’s tip will be best for you. Don’t pull everything out and throw it on your bed! Instead:
- Group similar items while they are still hanging in the closet.
- Hang the jeans with the jeans and the short sleeve shirts with the short sleeves and long sleeves with long sleeves and dresses with dresses etc.
- Now that you have inventory you can remove anything that doesn’t fit or you no longer want. (read the next Tip before doing this)
Tip 2: Our next Tip comes from Laura at Reduce, Reuse, Renew – How to Declutter your Closet for Good (+ Save Money and Reduce Waste)
Have a plan before you start throwing things out that you don’t want. Laura says to have a specific plan in place.
- Where will specific items go?
- Will they be donated? If so to where?
- Will you give the clothes to someone? If yes who? and when?
- Will they be recycled? Do you when the drop off hours are or where the place is located?
- Will you sell any of the items? If yes, where?
Be sure to have garbage bags and or boxes that are marked with your plan. Extra Tip: Give your self a deadline otherwise the items will sit in your room and could end up back in your closet.
Tip 3: This is one of my favorite tips by far and it comes from Jayme at Into DIY Make it for Less – How To Organize Your Closet | Printable Checklist
When decluttering and organizing your closet you may end up with items that you are just not sure if you want to get rid of.
Like that special black dress you only wear for special occasions. Or a pair of jeans that are a little snug but you know you will get back into.
- When this happens Jayme suggests turning the hanger backwards on the bar.
If you haven’t worn the item with in 6 months then you know it is time to turn the hanger around and get rid of it.
- Another tip from Jayme is to install hooks for purses and hats.
Tip 4: If you’re an excuse maker and decluttering your closet has been avoided for longer than you care to share then Julie at Filling The Jars – Stop Making These 14 Excuses to Avoid Decluttering Clothes is for you.
If you need help getting over the guilt or simply stop making excuses the her post is worth reading.
She covers questions such as:
- Should I sell my clothes?
- Should I deduct the donation from my taxes?
- Is it wrong to get rid of clothes others have given me?
Tip 5: Melissa at Simple Lionheart Life – Decluttering Clothes: 11 tips to make clearing out your closet easier has some great tips that stood out to me and I believe could help you as well!
- Track your wears – Melissa suggests using an app or tally what you wear for around 3 months
- If that sounds like too much work then Pay attention to Laundry Day
- Give yourself deadlines for clothes that need to be repaired, donated, or thrown out
Tip 6: Booke at Happy Simple Mom – How To Clean Out Your Closet: 9 Proven Methods offers several approaches to decluttering your closet.
There are too many to go over each so instead I will list the methods below and if you are interested in one you can visit her site by clicking the link above.
- Backward Hangers Method – we went over this method earlier from How To Organize Your Closet | Printable Checklist
- One Category at a Time
- Purge just one bag of clothes
- No laundry method
- Empty the entire closet ( this is the method I use although this method can be overwhelming for some )
- Try on all your clothes
- Create a capsule wardrobe and store the rest (for a short time)
Tip 7: After all this if you find that you still need your hand held then I highly recommend Jennifer at Simply and Fiercely – How to Declutter Your Closet Once And For All