Cleaning your closet can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Even if you have pieces you haven’t worn in years, it can be difficult to let them go. However, it’s possible to employ strategies to simplify the process and keep you organized. Here are five ideas and strategies to make cleaning out your closet much easier!
Idea #1 for Cleaning Out Your Closet: Prioritize
Prioritizing the items in your closet can help you employ an effective “divide and conquer” strategy. You can start pulling out the items that you wear on a regular basis and items you love that you know you are going to keep. Then try separating your clothing into three piles: one for items you’ll definitely want to keep, one for clothing to stash away until the seasons change, and one for anything you’ll want to donate or sell.
Idea #2 for Cleaning Out Your Closet: Use the “One Year Rule”
The “one year rule” says that for each item of clothing you’re considering, ask yourself: have I worn it in the last year? If you haven’t worn a piece at all in the past year, chances are good that you’re done with it or it’s fallen out of style. By donating or selling anything that fails the one year rule, you can cut down on decision-making time.
Idea #3 for Cleaning Out Your Closet: Color Code
Color coding your clothing is another way to help you make decisions faster on what to keep and what to get rid of. First, think about your favorite outfits and what colors make them up. Then write down the colors you wear the most and put aside items of that color to save. If any of the matching items aren’t appealing to you, put them in the “dump” pile immediately, and if you have multiple items of the same color, like three black sweaters, only keep the one you wear most.
Idea #4 for Cleaning Out Your Closet: Make Three Piles
Sorting your clothing into piles is always a good way to streamline the process of cleaning out your closet. One great system to use is to separate any clothing you don’t want into three piles of donate, trash, and sell. Trash should only be for articles of clothing that are in poor condition, while you can decide whether to donate or sell other pieces based on how much money you can get for them.
Idea #5 for Cleaning Out Your Closet: Use Consignment or Trading Sites
Once you know what items you’ll want to sell, consignment and trading websites can be a great resource. These sites will allow you to sell unwanted clothing quickly and easily online, and will cut down on time spent shopping your clothes around. You may even find new pieces to fill the gap of the items that you gave away!
While you’ll always need to dedicate time to cleaning your closet, the process can be made much faster by employing strategies to cut down on decision-making time. Once you’ve organized your clothing, you can sort unwanted items based on how you intend to get rid of them, whether it be selling them online, donating them, or tossing soiled items in the trash. So as you begin the process of cleaning out your closet, put time aside to organize and strategize first to save yourself time and effort.
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Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Haute Trader. She regularly produces content for a variety of fashion blogs.
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