Decluttering Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

decluttering your closet

As we head into colder weather, now is the perfect time to get rid of those clothes you no longer want or need. Follow these 5 simple steps for a clutter-free closet.

1. Set aside enough time

Before you get started, be sure you have enough time to complete the task of cleaning and clearing out your closet.

There is nothing more frustrating than starting a big project like this, and then not having enough time to finish. Plus, you don’t want to lose your decluttering mojo, right?!

2. The 4 s’s to know

Get a couple of empty boxes. Mark each of the boxes with one of these “S” words – Swap, Sell, Store and Scrap.

1. 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 usable.

2. 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.

3. Store

All of your clothes (cleaned and pressed) and accessories for this season should go into one of this box. 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.

4. Scrap

Items in this box are stained or torn and therefore no longer usable. So, they can be thrown out. 

3. What will you wear this season?

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.

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.

4. Organize by color, size or outfits

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.

5. P.S., Try this handy decluttering trick

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.


Now that you’re done, doesn’t it feel great having an organized closet?! Be sure to do this exercise at the beginning of each season to keep your closet clutter-free.


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