Twice a year I go through my closet and try on most of the clothes. If it fits and I like, it stays. But I have this nasty habit of holding onto pants that I do like, but are too small. The rational? They will fit me. Soon. Besides, if I get rid of them it means that I’ve given up trying to lose weight. Haven’t we all done this?
Despite holding onto those few items that may not quite fit, my closet clean out is a success. For a while. Soon enough, I buy too many clothes without purging and things get cluttered again. So, I took to the Internet for some answers and I found the following great tips to declutter clothes and wanted to share them.
- Use the KonMari Method. Yes, I did just buy the book! In her book “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up“, Marie Kondo suggests pulling everything out of your closet (yes, everything!) and then picking each piece of clothing up and holding it. Think about it. Does that article of clothing “spark joy” in you? If so, put it in the keep pile. If not, put it in the donation box. This is probably the most effective method, because you evaluate your entire closet, tackling the job all at once. (I am really enjoying this book!)
2. Box it up. Box up those items that you are unsure of. Store them somewhere else. If you find that you are going into the box and pulling items out to wear, keep them. If the box remains full after a month, just send it to donation.
3. Hang it backwards. Start with a full closet. In other words, make sure all of your clothes/laundry are clean and put away in the closet. Hang everything backwards, such that the hook end of the hanger is facing you as you peer into your closet. Once an item is worn/washed make sure to put it back on the hanger in the correct orientation. After about a month, see which items are still hung backwards and then box those up for donation.
4. Start with a fixed number of hangers. If you run out of hangers, something(s) have to go.
5. Wear it for a day. If it doesn’t feel right, donate it. But wash it first. Put a safety pin on it, wash it and then let that safety pin remind you that you had already decided to donate it.
6. Keep a large trash bag handy in your closet. This is for when you try on that sweater or those pants that don’t feel right or look good. Why on earth put those clothes back? (I ask myself!) Just toss them in the bag. When it’s full tie it up and haul it off to donation.
7. Follow this rule: One item goes in, so one item must come out. This is a great tip for maintaining an orderly closet – and one I need to put into practice!
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What are some of your favorite tips to declutter clothes?
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