At More Space Place, we prioritize organization and ways to make your life more efficient. Previously on our blog, we discussed the 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, which states that approximately 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. When applied to closets, this means that only 20% of a wardrobe is frequently worn. If this rule applies to your clothes, and you’re looking to clear out the clutter, then consider these four tips for a successful closet cleanout.
Tip #1: Take Everything Out
The first step in a successful closet cleanout is to completely clear out the space. By removing everything, even in the nooks and crannies, you can get an accurate sense of what you own. Also, removing all the items provides the visual reward of seeing your closet empty and free from all clutter. This can inspire ways to organize your space and figure out what you can to keep and what you should part with.
Tip #2: Wash Your Laundry
This may seem like an extra task you won’t enjoy, but doing laundry is key when considering a cleanout. This ensures that your entire wardrobe is in view. You know exactly what you own and can now decide what you want to part with. Furthermore, if you decide to donate or sell, the clothes will be clean and ready for inspection.
Tip #3: Keep, Donate, Store
After removing everything from your closet and adding your clean laundry to the pile, you’re ready to begin sorting into three groups: keep, donate, and store. While this may seem complicated, it doesn’t have to be. Try simplifying the process by starting with just two piles: love and do-not-love. Yes, it’s really that simple. Keep what you love and store or donate what you don’t.
Of course, love can mean several different things, so some clarification is needed. If you love an item of clothing and wear it all the time, then place it in the “keep” pile. However, if you love an item because it looks pretty on the hanger, but you never actually wear it, then this might be something to place in the “donate” pile.
Clothing can also be loved because of its sentimental value. Perhaps you have a hand-knit sweater from your grandmother. You never wear it, but you still want to keep it. This is an item for the “store” pile.
Tip #4: Get Help From A Friend
Removing clutter can be difficult because of the psychological factors involved. You may debate with yourself whether you actually love an item of clothing or not. Having a friend join you during your closet cleanout can help with this dilemma. If he or she has never seen you wear the item, then you probably don’t truly love it.
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