Cleaning out your closet can be a daunting task. I know I’ve been putting it off for a while, but I decided enough was enough and set to it. I’ve laid out a three wave process that makes tackling this chore manageable and efficient. So let’s get to it!
What You’ll Need
To start, gather up a couple of bins. I use one for clothing which will be donated, and the other for clothing to pass along to family and friends. Grab your vacuum cleaner, an all-purpose cleaner, a microfiber cloth, and a garbage bag. Locate a large flat surface, where you can lay everything out. I used my bed, but the floor works too. And if possible, solicit some help if you can get it.
Closet Cleaning: Wave One
The first phase is pretty straightforward as it only involves one step. Remove absolutely everything from your closet and place it on that flat surface. We stripped our closet bare including all of the clothes that were sitting on the top shelf, the clothes that were hanging, and the clothes that were in the drawers. We also moved all of the other stuff that was clogging up our closet, blankets, suitcases, shoes, shoe boxes, old purses, hampers, and even my wedding dress. The closet was completely bare when we were done. I highly recommend doing the same.
Closet Cleaning: Wave Two
This one shouldn’t take very long, but it’s important that this gets done before bringing anything back into the closet. Clean the actual closet! Spray and wipe all the horizontal surfaces and give the closet a good vacuuming. Then throw away any garbage at this time.
Closet Cleaning: Wave Three
It’s also time to call upon patience and persistence and all the mental energy you can summon. This wave takes quite a while and can become a little bit overwhelming. So take your time. You are going to touch each and every piece of clothing that you removed in wave one and decide whether it stays or whether it goes. If it’s going to be donated place it in that bin. If you think a family member or friend will love it, place it in that bin. And if it’s going back into the closet hang it up or fold it neatly to be put away.
Remember, if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, it has to go. If it was a gift that you never wear, but you’ve felt obligated to hang on to it, it needs to go. If you keep passing it over in the closet, say bye-bye. This is your chance to hold yourself accountable for the state of your closet. By doing this you will get a more tranquil, less cluttered closet and getting dressed becomes a lot easier as well. Those clothes you decide to donate or give away get a chance at a second life with someone who might actually wear them, so feel good about that. Also, use this opportunity to purge hangers; fewer clothes mean fewer hangers! Keep the best ones and part with the others.
When I was done I had four huge bins of clothes that went to a better place. But there’s one last decision that I’m having a hard time making and I think I might need your help. My wedding dress has been sitting in my closet and I love it dearly, but I haven’t worn it or frankly even looked at it since our wedding day. I can’t imagine parting ways with it, but I know that so many people donate theirs. So what do you think? Is it worth donating? Or do you hang on to it for sentimental reasons? Let me know in the comments down below.