A Clutter-Free Closet: Making the Most of What You Have

As the seasons change, and we have to let go of out our sweaters, heavier pants and coats now is the perfect time to let go of the clothes we no longer want or need to have a clutter free closet. This week I’m doing just that and I started last weekend by sorting all things I haven’t used this last year or don’t think that look good on me anymore.


Follow these tips for a clutter-free closet

Before you dig out your winter clothes, think about what you want to keep from last season’s clothing.

Be sure you have enough time to complete the task of cleaning and clearing out your closet before you get started. There is nothing more frustrating than starting a big project like this, having your clothes all over your bed and then having to stop for some reason. Not only do you have to put your clothes back into your closet quickly so you can sleep that night, but you risk losing the momentum and desire to work on the task at all.

Get a couple of empty boxes for items you won’t keep and storage boxes for the items you’ll rotate in your closet. Mark each of the boxes with one of these “S” words: Swap, Sell, Scrap and Store.

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Here are my “good-bye” bags. It feels awesome!

The “S” Words: Swap, Sell, Scrap and Store


Items in the swap box are those you will give to or swap with a friend who wears your size. You can also donate them to Salvation Army or Goodwill. These are clothes you do not wear any longer but are in good shape.


Items in this box are those you will sell at a consignment store or online. These clothes are still in good repair but no longer fit.


Items in this box are stained or torn and therefore no longer usable.


Items in this box are those you will store for next year or something that has sentimental value to it.

While tackling each hanger and shelf. Donations ready to pack!

First, make sure all your clothes are cleaned and pressed as you don’t want to store soiled items just to find them ruined next year when you pull your boxes out.

Sort all your clothes and accessories that you used for the last season (warm/cold) in these boxes.

As you fill up boxes, set them out of the way. Now that you have cleaned out your closet from items you won’t use, it is time to start putting this season’s clothes and accessories back into the closet.

Pick out the things you know you will use most often and place them in a prominent place in your closet. Consider whether you want to keep the rest of the clothes that are not your favorites. Get rid of clothes you no longer like or you know will not fit.

Take the remaining boxes out to the car so they are not cluttering your room. As you place items into your closet, turn the hangers around backward. At the end of the month, look through your closet and see how many hangers face the wrong way. Take those items out and re-evaluate whether you want to keep them or if they can find a new home with someone else.

Choose how to organize your closet

Some like to place clothes in the closet by colors, others by length and still others by whether you wear them together. You will know the best way to organize them based on your own personal needs. When you are done, you can step back with satisfaction and breathe a sigh of relief that you now have a clutter-free closet.
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