How to Declutter Your Closet

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If your closet is bursting at the seems, then it’s time to declutter your closet. Decluttering your closet is a great way to get rid of clothes and other items that you no longer wear or need.

You can make space for items that you use and make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Decluttering can also help you to better organize your clothes and make it easier to keep your closet clean and tidy.

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Easy Steps to Organize and Declutter Your Closet

Organizing your closet can get very overwhelming. But having an itemized process, can help you work through decluttering your closet a little at a time.

  1. Empty the closet completely: take everything out of your closet so you can see what you have and what you need to get rid of.
  2. Sort through your items: divide your clothes and other items into piles, such as “keep,” “donate,” “sell,” or “throw away.”
  3. Get rid of what you don’t need: get rid of any clothes that don’t fit, are damaged, or haven’t been worn in a long time.
  4. Clean the closet: wipe down the walls, floor, and shelves, and vacuum or sweep.
  5. Plan your storage: decide how you want to store your clothes and other items. You might use hangers, shelves, drawers, or bins.
  6. Assign an area for every item: put everything back in the closet, but this time give each item a specific spot where it belongs.
  7. Keep it tidy: set aside time each week or month to go through your closet and get rid of any clothes or other items that you no longer need or want.
  8. Utilize space savers: use space saving hangers, hanging organizers, or shoe racks to maximize space and keep things organized.
  9. Make use of vertical space: make use of the vertical space in your closet by installing additional shelving or hanging organizers.
  10. Invest in matching hangers: invest in matching hangers which will make it easier to keep your clothes organized and give your closet a more polished look.

Depending on the size of your closet, it may take more than one day to organize and declutter your closet. It is more beneficial to take your time through the steps above and achieve results that you can appreciate.

Take into account any customizations you want to apply before you re-organize your closet so that you can budget and plan appropriately.

Ways to Recycle Unwanted Items

During the process of decluttering your closet, you will come across items that you no longer want to keep. There are several ways to recycle unwanted items from your closet:

  1. Donate them to a local charity or thrift store. Many organizations will accept gently used clothing and other household items.
  2. Sell them online through platforms like eBay, Poshmark, or Facebook Marketplace.
  3. Take them to a consignment store, where they will be sold on your behalf.
  4. Host a clothing swap with friends or family.
  5. Look for textile recycling programs in your area. Many municipalities will hold textile recycling events or have permanent textile recycling drop-off locations.
  6. Use them as rags for cleaning or for other creative projects.
  7. Check if there’s a textile recycling plant near you, they can recycle old clothes into rags, insulation, and other materials.

It’s important to note that some items may not be suitable for donation or sale. Items that cannot be sold could be recyclable such as rags or cleaning materials. Check with the organization or program before bringing in items to be sure they can accept recycled items.

Get Help with Organizing and Decluttering Your Closet

Starting a project to declutter your closet may seem overwhelming at first. There are many ways which you can get help with organizing your closet.

If you have a budget to source outside help, you can search for local closet organizers or personal organizers on yelp, google or any search engine or business directory.

For those on a budget, help can come in the form of asking friends, family of children to help you declutter your closet.

I hope you found this article helpful and the next time you decide to declutter, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. For a successful experience take it slow and steady and love your space.

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Oh hello. Hi, I’m Amy and I’ve worked for a large educational organization with over 12,000 employees for more than 30 years.  Specializing in Human Resources Management and the field of administration, I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned throughout my career and in my spare time. 

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