How to Clean Out Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet ranks right up there with a root canal on the fun-times meter. It is a chore that has to be done now and then, usually performed as part of the traditional “spring cleaning” ritual. Suffice it to say that it isn’t one of the most glamorous of household chores.


So how do you go about getting it done, in the least amount of time, and with the least amount of hassle? Here’s some tips from organizers and interior designers that may help:


  • Give yourself plenty of time. When you make up your mind to actually jump in there and get it done, you want to set aside enough time to get it all done at once. Start to finish, you’ll want to get it all over and done within one block of time. The reason you’ve started cleaning a hundred times and never finished is because you were just straightening up a bit at the time. The trick is to make a change in the closet that cannot be denied.
  • Get it all out and spread it out. Clear it all out; leave no wardrobe or dresser drawer unscathed. Gather every single piece of clothing and spread it out into organized piles on the floor. You’ll be able to see what you want to keep, what you can get rid of, and the things you have no idea why you’ve been keeping year after year.
  • Divide it into categories. Once you get it all out of the closet and divide it into general piles (sweaters, pants, dresses, etc.), then compare items that are similar in design. This way you’ll be able to decide whether you really need to keep seven red sweaters.
  • Get rid of the off-season garments first. If it isn’t an article of clothing or a pair of shoes you may want to wear in the next day or two, it is much easier to decide if it is an article that you simply cannot live without.
  • Everything old isn’t loungewear. Too often, we end up keeping clothes we know that we’ll never wear outside of our home. You know the ones – that shirt you wouldn’t be caught dead in outside of your bedroom. Rather than just get rid of it, we relegate it to the category of “loungewear” and it ends up haunting us year after year. If we are doing so much relaxing around the house that we need 15 different “loungewear” outfits, we might want to consider getting a hobby.
  • If you love them, let them go. It is OK to set your beloved garments free to give their joy to another. If you allow some of them to find a new home in a new person’s closet, you’ll be blessed with the newfound joy of space in your closet. It’s a good trade-off.
  • Know when to hang them, know when to fold them. Once you’ve made your decision on what to keep and what to get rid of, it’s time to start reloading the closet. Fold those clothes that are better folded into drawers and on shelves. Then hang those that need to be dangling freely. Place your shoes in a neat order, and you’re done.