Figuring out how to declutter be painless and easy once you know where to start. Learn how to get your closet and drawers decluttered once and for all with these simple tips for decluttering clothes. And don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of the closet declutter checklist too!
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When it comes to decluttering your home, one of the most intimidating areas can be your closets. They can fill with clutter and excess really quickly, and basically become a dumping ground for clothes, bags, and accessories.
And, let’s keep it real. They are probably full of a ton of items you no longer wear, or really even like that much.
But the thought of decluttering your clothes is not super high on your list of fun and exciting things to do. Am I right?
Let me help you with that! Because, with these easy tips you will have your closets and drawers decluttered quickly and painlessly. Because, you have better things to do with your time than decluttering clothes for days instead of a few hours.
Easy Tips For Decluttering Clothes
When it comes to decluttering your closet there are a few basic tips that can help tremendously. So let’s remove the overwhelm from this project, and get you started on your journey of a clutter free closet!
- Grab your FREE copy of the closet declutter checklist. (You can get your copy at the bottom of this post.)
This will help you with knowing exactly what items you need to go through when decluttering your clothes.
- Start with one closet first.
When it comes to decluttering clothes. It will work best if you start with one area first before moving onto another. If you go through everyone’s clothes at once it will be extremely overwhelming.
Plus, it makes you feel better to accomplish one small chunk, and then move to the next. Simple rewards and almost instant gratification are always a winner in my book!
- Pull everything out
It will go much faster and easier if you pull everything out of the closet or drawers when decluttering clothes. Having all of the clothes and accessories out in front of you helps you to work your way through the pile, and not forget anything.
- Set up a spot for donate or sell
When you are working on decluttering your clothes. Having designated spots for items to sell or donate will make your life so much easier. You can grab some boxes or totes or even garbage bags to put the items. Then you can just place the item in its spot while you are decluttering.
Side note: When it comes to selling the clothes it is very important that you go ahead and set a date for the sale. This can be for a yard sale, consigning, or listing online. The most important part is that you set a deadline to sell them, and stick to it!
Otherwise, we both know what will happen. Those items will sit in their box or bag, and then you will be right back to the clutter problem all over again. And, you definitely do NOT want that!
- Purge by category
When it comes to decluttering, and frankly organizing clothes, it works best if you go through categories one at a time.
It will be way easier for you to decide which shirts you actually love and want to keep, if you go through all of your shirts together. And, you will also be able to see if there are any multiples or similar items as well.
When decluttering clothes, going through like items can shave off so much time in the process. And you are all about quick and easy right?
How Do I Declutter My Clothes?
Now that you are armed with some easy tips for decluttering your clothes. You may be asking yourself, but how do I actually do it? Don’t worry, together we will walk through exactly how to get your closets and drawers decluttered once and for all.
Step 1 – Take everything out
Remove everything from the closet and drawers. Yes everything. We are talking clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and anything else that may be lurking in there.
Take a minute to assess your space. How does it look? Is there more space then you thought? It feels good having all that clutter gone doesn’t it? Remember this moment for when you are deciding what you will keep..
While you are removing all of the items from your closet or drawers. A great tip is to go ahead and sort like items with other like items. For instance, grab all of your jeans and place them in a pile. This will be helpful for the next step. 😉
Step 2 – Purge baby purge
Purging is hands down the hardest step when decluttering clothes. But, I am here to tell you that you can do this. I am right behind you. Cheering you on every step of the way.
The first thing you need to do when it comes to purging your clothes is to breathe! Easy right? No, but seriously. Remember to breathe, and take a moment to reflect on why you are doing this.
Decluttering and purging your clothes is going to make your life SO much easier. And, it is important to note that this is not a punishment. This is about being able to only have items that you truly love, and make you feel good.
It is about quality over quantity. And removing the overwhelm and dread that accompany you each day when you look into that closet.
Imagine being able to pick out an outfit in seconds. Imagine looking at your closet, and everything is exactly where it should be. How does that feel? So good right? Okay, let’s do this!
- Discard any torn, faded, or stained clothing.
- Place any items you know that you want to donate or sell into their appropriate boxes, totes, or bags.
- Be ruthless when deciding what to keep.
This is the time to be incredibly ruthless with your clothing. Get really clear on keeping only the items that you truly love. Anything else is only weighing you down, and bringing unnecessary stress into your life!
And remember that basics are timeless classics that always look great. I’m looking at you simple navy top and classic black dress. 😉
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering what clothing to keep.
Have you worn it in the past 6 months?
Do you have multiples or similar items?
When is the last time you wore it?
Does it fit?
Do you like the way you feel in the item?
Does the item bring you joy?
Would I buy this same item today?
Do you have something to wear with it?
If you no longer wear the item, or it doesn’t actually bring you joy, then I highly encourage you to consider donating or selling the item. There is no need to hold on to things that simply weigh you down, and make you feel overwhelmed or bad about yourself. And, just think about the fact that there is someone out there that this item will help!
Stay present. Get clear on who you are right now, and what your lifestyle is in this moment. What you used to wear may not be what works for you today. And, that is totally okay! Embrace it, and love yourself mama!
- If you are honestly stuck on what to keep, then create a maybe pile.
This is one that I advise for you to proceed with caution. Remember, you are decluttering clothes. Which means eliminate them!
However, I completely understand that when going through the piles of clothes you will encounter some pieces that make you pause and think maybe you should keep it. So, try on anything you think you may want to keep. And take the time to ask yourself the above listed questions.
Step 3 – Decluttering shoes, handbags, and accessories
Now you will need to go through all of your shoes, handbags, and accessories. Trust me, once you have gone through your clothes. Purging your accessories is way easier!
Again, take the time to assess what you genuinely love. And, only keep those items!
Step 4 – Put everything back
Once you have finished decluttering your clothes, you will need to put everything back. Simply hang the items back in the closet, or fold and put back in drawers. Here are some of my absolute favorite hangers for our closet.
I mean, you took the time to declutter. Why not have pretty hangers too? If you were using wire hangers, then you can donate them to your local dry cleaners.
Now step back and assess what is in your closet. Does anything stick out, and just not flow with the rest of your wardrobe? Chances are there is. Hold that item up to you, and really think about if your want to keep it. PS You probably don’t. 😉
And, don’t forget to find a spot for your shoes and accessories too!
Here is a helpful post on how to organize your closet!
Step 5 – Make sure to drop off donations and sell your items.
Go ahead and put any bags or boxes of donations that are to be made in your car, and not your trunk. If those items are staring at you, and make getting in and out of your car a bit difficult. Guess what happens? You will follow through with donating them.
Also, remember to set a date with a reminder on your phone and calendar. And, follow through. Ask for accountability to help you with this. There is never any shame in asking for help!
Step 6 – Celebrate!
Look at what you did you decluttering your closets machine! You set out to do something, and you did it! That is some seriously amazing stuff. Now, celebrate it.
Take a bubble bath, or treat yourself to your favorite drink. Binge watch your favorite show, or snuggle in with a good book! Find a reward that is special for you, and treat yourself. Because you definitely deserve it!
How To Downsize Your Wardrobe
Having a capsule wardrobe that downsizes your wardrobe will take decluttering your clothes to the next level!
A lot of people think downsizing your wardrobe means that you have to be a minimalist. I am hear to tell you that is completely untrue. In fact, I have recently downsized my wardrobe…and I am totally not a minimalist.
Shifting your mindset to embracing a capsule wardrobe can be a bit intimidating. Again, I want to reiterate the fact that this is not about punishment. It is actually the total opposite!
It is about eliminating the overwhelm, and ONLY having clothing and accessories that you truly LOVE! How amazing is that?
Once you shift your thinking, learning how to downsize your wardrobe is incredibly easy! PS You can grab my complete capsule wardrobe checklist in the Freebie Library.
Here is a list of capsule wardrobe ideas to help you get started on how to downsize your wardrobe.
- 20 tops
- 13 pairs of pants and shorts
- 5 dresses and skirts
- 6 pairs of shoes
- 3 coats and jackets
How To Keep Your Clothes Decluttered
Now that you have accomplished decluttering your clothes. You would really like to keep it that way. Right?
My best advice here is to simply stay on top of it. Do a sweep once every 3-6 months and remove anything that doesn’t belong. Remember underwear, bras, and socks too. They do get worn out!
Also, buy only what you truly need! If you manage how much stuff you have, then decluttering is a breeze! Another tip is if you do buy a new article of clothing, then discard one item of old clothing. This keeps everything nice and neat, and not piling up and back into old habits.
You are now a decluttering clothes super star! You have the tools you need to get the job done, and know that it is not an intimidating process at all.
You are feeling good about keeping only the items that you truly love, and know exactly why you are doing this. And, you are looking forward to the epic level of stress relief that this declutter session will bring you too!
Now, don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of the declutter closet checklist below. It makes decluttering SO much easier by knowing exactly what items you need to go through.
Remember, am I right here with you. Cheering you on every step of the way! You got this!