How to Quickly Declutter Your Closet

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How to Quickly Declutter a ClosetIs your clothes closet overflowing with clothes and accessories?

Do you want to pare down your wardrobe?

In this post, I offer a few short tips to help you quickly trim down your closet.

Give yourself a specific reason to declutter.

Why do you want to declutter your closet?

Do you want to reach in and easily find your favorite blazer without having half of your sweater collection fall on top of your head?

Do you want to be able to assemble work outfits without hassle?

Are you tired of looking at an unappealing mass of clothes every time you open your closet?

Clearly state a reason (or two) as to why you want to declutter your closet.

What do you want to gain when you declutter your things?

This will give you the motivation you need to bite the bullet and let go of items.

Begin by removing clothing you love to wear.

Start the process by removing those items that you absolutely love to wear, and fit you well.

You’ll be more motivated to continue the job because you’ve already picked out your favorites.

The rest of the sorting process should go a lot smoother…and easier.

Sort clothes into two categories.

Next, you’re going to separate your remaining wardrobe into two piles.

These are the two words you’re going to keep in mind: comfort and discomfort.

All you have to do is apply it to each item in your closet as you pick it up.

Would you rather…

Wear a pair of pants that is oversized or a pair that fits like a dream?

Have your feet pinched in too-small shoes, or walk about comfortably in well-fitting ones?

Place each item of clothing into the appropriate pile.

If you’re still sitting on the fence when it comes to letting go of an item that is clearly uncomfortable (that oversized XXL sweater, for example), think about your future self.

Do you want to continue to slog through your closet again, and again, day after day, week after week?

Wouldn’t it be great to finally get rid of something now, so you won’t have to deal with it later on, ever again?

Once you’re done sorting everything, place the items you’re going to keep back into your closet, dresser, or wardrobe.

Transform your decluttering efforts into a good cause.

By now, you should have a good amount of clothing that you’re ready to let go of. Consider donating unwanted clothes to a local shelter or charity.

Think old or outdated clothing is destined for the trash? Think again. Even decades-old clothing can help others out. All you have to do is use your imagination.

For example, is there a local community theater, or school that could benefit from your clothing for outfits for theater or dance performances?

Just think: you could easily donate boxes upon boxes of shoes, belts, hats, dresses, scarves, and more…all for a good cause!

How about you? Are you going to give this decluttering method a try? How do you go about decluttering your closet? Do you remove a few pieces on a regular basis, or do you prefer giant decluttering sessions? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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