The hardest thing to decluttering our closet is how to get started. It feels like an overwhelming task. And, recently I make a ‘decluttering calendar challenge’ every month. I get started to break it down from the little things I don’t need and the process will not make us feel so intimidated anymore.
6 Guides to Decluttering Closet in Less Time
Last month I focused on my kitchen cabinets. Today, I will share with you how to declutter our closets simplify sustainably. Decluttering the closet is a good place to get started. Even we are not a huge clothes person, and we need to manage our closet, at least twice a month. If we are short on time, there are a few steps to declutter the closet in less time. So, here are ten guides to decluttering our closet in less time.
1. Set Up A Spot for Donate or Sell Items
It can be a weekend challenge, too! We might be getting rid of a lot of stuff from our closet, so we’ll want to have a designated place to collect it all. We start by grabbing two boxes, bins, or garbage bags, and labeling one ‘Donate’ and one ‘Sell’. Moreover, if you plan to donate everything or sell everything, you will only need a box or container. Then keep these boxes or bags close to our closet, so that it is easy to stay organized while we declutter.
2. Round-Up Items in The Category
On the designated day, we would collect every item from the category, then decluttering and put it all together in one place. For example, today is the day’s task is to declutter shirts, we would gather all of our shirts and put them on our bed first. So we can easily see what we have. Seeing the entire category at once will show us everything we own. Plus, it will make us easier to discern what we really need and what we can part with.
Once we’ve rounded up every item from the category, it’s time to be ruthless! The common question goes into the decluttering process is “What am I going to get rid of?” but I’ve found it actually works better to flip that mindset on its head a bit. We are getting rid of everything and just keep the items we absolutely love and use often. It’s a small but crucial mindset shift that really helps us be more efficient with our decluttering.
4. Put and Keep Items Back Neatly
Once we’ve collected items for ‘Donate’ and ‘Sell’, the next step is to put the items back neatly. Hang nicer items like blouses, dress shirts, pants, and dresses in the closet by type, with all of the pants in one spot, all long-sleeved shirts together, all short-sleeved shirts together, all dresses together, etc. We will sometimes color code them as well. However, we don’t think it’s absolutely necessary. Again, people’s brains work differently, so if color coding is really helpful for you, go for it! If it’s not, it may not be worth the extra time.
5. Get Rid of the ‘Donate’ and ‘Sell’ Items Fast
This day also would be a great day to donate items at a donation center and sell items on Facebook or group sell. After we list the ‘Sell’ and items, we set a reminder on the phone to check back on them in a week and re-list anything that hasn’t sold.
6. Maintain The Decluttered Closets and Drawers
Now that we’ve worked hard to declutter all of our clothing, the last thing we want to do is fill our spaces right back up with more clothes clutter! We can also try to be really discerning anytime we go to purchase a new article of clothing. If we don’t love it or wear it, just save our money and skip the purchase! Just doing these two simple things that will help us maintain our decluttered closets and drawers going forward.