5 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Closet


Now that Christmas is over and it’s nearly the new year, why not begin on a good note by tackling the dreaded- your closet. You know there’s a whole bunch of stuff you’ve thrown in there over the past 12 months. It’s time to put your best organizing gloves on and get down to business – declutter your closet! 

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”
― Joshua Becker

Not only will this bring more clarity in your life and space in your closet, but you might be surprised at all the hidden clothing gems you might find that you had completely forgotten about! You will also be able to create more outfits with less stuff. Did you know, according to statistics, you wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time? This means there is a lot of dead weight hanging in the closet that never gets worn.

Here’s a way to declutter your closet, very simply. Follow this 5-step process to purge the items that no longer work for you and leave you with things in your closet that you love!

Step 1: Set aside some time and get some supplies.

Set a specific date to tackle this task since this can take some time.  Gather the following supplies:

  • 3 boxes (label the boxes – Donate, Sell and Tailor)
  • Full-length mirror (to try clothes on)
  • Sharpie pen
  • Post-it notes to label boxes


Step 2: Start with a Category

You don’t need to take everything out of your closet and put it back again. This is an easier method than the standard.

Look at each category, i.e. dresses, jackets, tops, pants, etc. Go through each category and decide if you should let it go, stay, donate, sell or send it to the tailor.

If you’re confused about whether to keep it or toss it, ask yourself the tough questions:

  1. How did I feel the last time I wore this?
  2. Do I love how I look in it?
  3. Do I need to be a certain weight to wear and feel good in this?
  4. Does it project the image I want to project?
  5. Does this item require more upkeep that I’m not willing to take on?

Once you decide, then add it to the proper box. Continue this process with each category.

Be sure to pull out anything that hasn’t been worn in two years and add it to a separate box. 

Step 3: MAKE sure the items you keep fit properly.

You should try on the clothes you intend to keep and make sure they fit properly. Check for any stains, see if any areas scratch or itch you or if you need to get some parts of it altered. Create outfits with the remaining pieces to be sure you have items that go together.

Only keep items that you LOVE, that look good on you and that are in the colors of your season palette.


Step 4: Deal with the items that you tossed.

For clothing that you donate, decide where you would like to take your clothing. Google donation drop-off organizations that are close by and be sure they give you a receipt for a tax write off. Also, remember to donate clothing to organizations that can really benefit, such as Dress for Success, that provide professional attire to women re-entering the workforce.

If you have items that are barely worn, you can probably receive money in exchange for it. Connect with organizations that that best fit your needs. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Poshmark
  • TheRealReal.com
  • Tradesy.com
  • Thredup.com

If you have items that need tailoring, referrals from your friends and family are the best, but you can also Google tailors to find a good one.


Step 5:  Breathe and bask in the glory of your new closet.

By following the steps above, you should now have clothing in your closet that you love, wear often and you’re able to create several outfits. But most of all, your closet should be clutter free!

Brew a cup of tea, put your feet up and admire your new closet. You should feel a sense of relief and feel great for the new year.


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