Imagine: You open up your closet and everything looks neat and tidy. It’s filled with pieces you love, and you can see all of your options for today’s outfits. This isn’t just a scene from “Clueless.” It can be your reality if you’re ready to employ a few closet cleaning tips.
We know that cleaning your closet is a major undertaking. It can even be unexpectedly emotional; you might have items you know you don’t need or want but feel you should keep because of their history. We’re here to help you tackle this major chore with confidence. We’ve rounded up six tried-and-true (yes – we’ve tested these ourselves!) closet cleaning tips.
1. Flip your hangers
Do you know which items you wear and which are just taking up space in your closet? You probably answered yes, but as you flip through your hangers you might find yourself realizing you’re not quite sure when you last pulled out that sweater. If you want to get clarity on what you actually wear, flip all of your hangers so the hooks are facing the back of your closet. As you wear each item, flip the hanger back to its normal position.
Wait three months, six months, or a year, depending on how seasonally you use the whole of your closet. At the end of your predetermined time, ditch everything that still has a backward hanger. Yes, it’s a slow burn, but this hack is a surefire way to figure out which pieces are just taking up space in your closet.
2. Ask yourself: “Does this bring me joy?”
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4. Organize by color
This is one of the best-loved closet cleaning tips, and for good reason. There are a number of benefits to organizing your closet by color. First, it helps you see where you have duplicates. You might not realize you have six black shirts until they’re all hanging next to each other. Once the similarities become clear, you can make more educated decisions about what to keep. Sure, one black shirt is a tee, one is a pullover, and one is an athletic shirt. It makes sense to keep all of those. Those three black blouses, however, may not all be necessary.
Organizing by color has an ongoing benefit, too. When you open up your closet and it looks nice, you’re more motivated to keep it that way. (We think that’s why the KonMari folding method is so effective.) The inviting rainbow of a color-coded closet might just be the motivation you need to keep things in order.
5. Take everything out
Don’t hate us. But if you’re really serious about cleaning out your closet, it’s worth investing the energy to take everything out and remove any hanging pieces from their hangers. This might initially seem like a waste of time, but it ultimately saves you – for the very reason you don’t want to do it in the first place. As you put things back in your closet, start with your favorite pieces. By the end, you’ll be pretty sick of putting everything back in place. If you’re not willing to do the work to put that shirt back on the hanger or fold up those pants, it’s a clear sign you don’t really care about that item of clothing. Into the giveaway pile it goes!
6. Box it up
We know it isn’t easy to let go of clothing. So why not take baby steps? Do a major clean-out, putting any “maybes” in your giveaway box. Then tape up the box and put it in storage. If you find yourself regretting pulling a certain item from your closet, you’ll be able to retrieve it. Odds are, though, you’ll like the feel of an organized closet filled only with clothes you love and you’ll want to keep it cleared out.
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