A Few Clues to Cleaning Your Closet

A closet is more than a place to store your clothes — it’s an archive, a part of your morning routine. That’s why it’s important to make your closet functional and organized. If you feel overwhelmed by your cluttered closet, here’s how to start cleaning.

Assess What You Own
You may not know what’s lurking in your closet. To assess what you own, remove everything from your closet and take a look. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, think about donating it. Or follow Marie Kondo’s advice in her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Pick up an item and ask if it brings you joy. If the item doesn’t make you happy, donate it.

If you’re looking for a place to donate your clothes, consider a national nonprofit. Goodwill, American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army all accept clothes. Or donate your clothes at a local church or charity.   

Group Similar Items Together
Now that you’ve removed unwanted clothes, you can organize them in an assessable way. This will make your morning routine simpler and more efficient. If you’re sharing a closet with your spouse, separate your items — perhaps on opposite sides of the space.

The next step is to group similar items in your closet. Place all your blouses, sweaters, dresses, and accessories together. Stack all your jeans in the same cubby in your closet or drawer in your dresser. Put all your purses and bags in a tote or cubby. You can also separate your clothing items by seasons. For instance, group together all your spring shoes. Stack all your winter accessories in one spot.

Prepare for Next Year
Now that you’ve organized your closet, you can do the “hanger trick.” Turn all your hangers in the same direction. Once you’ve worn an item, place the hanger the opposite way. At the end of the year, you’ll know what you haven’t worn by looking at the hangers. Donate any clothes you haven’t worn in the last year.

Clean Our Your Kids’ Closets
When cleaning out your children’s closets, remove any clothes that no longer fit. After you’ve separated the clothes that don’t fit, ask your child to weigh in. Ask your kids what their favorite outfits are and place those in the front of the closet. Hang your children’s clothes on the lower bars so they can reach them. Put their shoes in baskets they can assess them.


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