Are you a closet-aholic? Do have clothes hanging in your closet that date all the way back to junior high but that you haven’t gotten rid of for some strange reason? Do you have a hard time throwing things away? Well, today must be your lucky day because we actually want you to throw away all the crap that’s cluttering up your life (and your closet) and be able to take control of your life again. Here are 16 ways to un-clutter your closet and wear clothes you actually like.
1. Use your closest door
Don’t just use that door for shutting the mess in, if things are spilling out, then use the door to hold shoes or other items in an organized spot.
2. Shelf dividers to save your life
Do you ever stack and organize things neatly…only to find them all messed up and piles overlapping just days later? Shelf dividers can help you with that…
3. Add some decor to your closet
Adding a few decorative pieces can really spice up the space and encourages you to keep it neat and clean. If you like being in your closet, you’ll want to keep it clean.
4. Use your floor space well
Don’t just throw stuff down there in a huge, jumbled mess! Organize your shoes on racks or line them up.
5. Use those drawer dividers
These things can take a messy drawer to the next level. I’m sure you know what this drawer looked like before having a divider– it was a disaster! Now, it’s so nice to look at.
6. What to toss
Don’t donate clothing that’s ruined and you know no one else would wear it. Also– do not donate underwear. That’s just gross.
7. Give it away
You probably have a lot of clothing in your closet that you could give away. If you haven’t worn it in over year and it’s in good condition– Goodwill (or your friends) will gladly take it.
8. Sell your stuff!
There are lots of ways to sell clothes you don’t want anymore. Be sure to only sell things that are still in good condition but you don’t want to keep.
9. Fold neatly
Before placing folded clothing in drawers or on shelves, fold it all very neatly and stack it nicely.
10. Don’t hang heavy sweaters
You don’t want to get hanger bulge on the shoulders or the sweater to lose its shape. Fold these delicate items instead.
11. Section it off
Place dividers in your closet so you have a space for work clothes, gym clothes, lounge clothes, dressy clothes…etc. The sky’s the limit!
12. Make it uniform
If you have a million different hangers, throw them all out and start with new fresh, matching hangers. It can make your closet look so much nicer.
13. See how often you really wear your stuff
Place all your clothes on hangers in the closet with the hangers facing backwards. After wearing something, replace it in the closet with the hanger facing forwards. This will help you see after a while just how often you wear certain items and how little you wear others.
14. Hang it so you can see it
If your closet is so over-flowing that you’re missing pieces or they’re disappearing completely, this is a problem and you need to get rid of some stuff.
15. Ask yourself…
Be honest as you face each item and when the answer is no, be brave and toss it in a ‘donate or sell’ pile. You’ll feel so much better afterwards!
16. Number one rule when cleaning out your closet? Take it all out
Remove EVERYTHING from your closet in order to give it a once-over. You’ll be glad you did!