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De-Clutter Your Clothes Closet

Posted Feb 15 2013 12:01am
Clothes Closet Yesterday we took a break from the closets and cleaned out our sock drawer (s) instead, but today it’s back at the closets again! If you’re keeping up with these challenges, join our  28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page  and share your excitement with the rest of us as you accomplish each task! If you’re just joining us now, you can .

Even though I have a walk-in closet for my clothes, I find that I still have to keep a pretty tight reign on the clothing inventory just because the space isn’t configured all that well. It’s mostly floor space, which doesn’t help much when it comes to hanging up clothes! So I regularly(probably twice a season) go through my clothes and get rid of a bunch. 

That’s what you’re going to be doing today! Fun, huh? I’m sure you store a lot of things besides hanging clothes in your closet (shoes, for example), but for today, we’re focusing specifically on the hanging clothes. You can tackle the shoes another day.

Open up your closet doors, then set your timer for 10 minutes, and…


Start on one end of the rack and work your way toward the other end, removing any of the following:

  • Clothes that no longer fit (if you must keep clothes you’re going to wear when you lose weight, pick one or two of your absolute favorites and put them in a prominent place as motivation).
  • Clothes that make you uncomfortable when you wear them (maybe an awkward fit, missing or broken fasteners, or perhaps itchy fabric).
  • Clothes that just don’t look good on you (wrong color, wrong shape).
  • Clothes you haven’t worn in a year.
  • Clothes that need mending or cleaning.

Do hang onto special-occasion clothes that you wear once a year or so, with the exception of bridesmaid’s dresses. You’ll never wear those again.

Spend some time re-organizing and straightening the clothes remaining in the closet. Button up buttons and zipper up zippers, face all the hangers in the same direction, and group by type and color (black skirts, brown skirts, white shirts, blue shirts, etc.). Beautiful!

Now, sort through the pile of clothes you discarded and determine what can be donated, what can be recycled or upcycled, what can be cleaned or mended, and what should just be trashed. Place them in the appropriate place where they can be tended to, and you’re done with the closet!

Ready for more? Read on!

Clothes Closet

You know what/s funny? When I organized my clothes in preparation for this challenge, they were already lined up by color even though I hadn't been doing that intentionally. I only had to move two skirts in order to get them all lined up in the order you see here!

  • If you’re like me, you don’t really like to button up your clothes when hanging them (I know, I know, you’re supposed to, but really? That takes way too much time.) Instead, I think I want to try this no-slip hanger trick that will take 30 seconds and cost next to nothing.
  • If your closet is in need of a major overhaul, you might find this before-and-after post inspirint!
  • If you, like me, don’t have a closet system (by which I mean a manufactured and installed shelving unit), you can create a makeshift one with different individual elements like the cheap press-board shelves at Target, and matching baskets and bins.
  • If you have a lot of short items (blouses and short skirts) in your closet, one of these double hanging rods is pretty much the perfect solution: inexpensive and simple to install.
  • If you’ve never attempted to mend your own clothes, read this quick guide from TLC on how to mend various clothing items .
  • Check out the 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board f or more inspiration!

If you completed today’s 10-minute task, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me all about it – and show me a picture – on the 28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page . Bloggers can grab the badge below and write a post – I’ll link to it in my next post and pin it to my 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board , and share on Facebook and Twitter.  And everyone can join in on the Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #28daystodeclutter .

Clutter-Free in 28 Days!

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