Try on this foolproof formula for a decluttered closet

Is your closet bulging with clothes and yet you have nothing to wear? Find the cure to closet clutter with this easy step-by-step formula.

Do you wake up in the morning, stare into a closet full of clothes and can’t find anything to wear? You went shopping a few weeks ago, so where did those things go? Are you staring at racks of things and can’t find something right for an occasion?

If this sounds like you, you might be suffering from overwhelming closet clutter, but you can do something about it! Here’s how to take a strategic approach to decluttering your closet so you can fully appreciate what you have.

Remove everything from your closet. Sort into these piles:

Pile 1: In season, still wearable.

Pile 2: Out of season, still wearable.

Pile 3: Consignment-worthy.

Pile 4: Donation-worthy.

Pile 5: No longer wearable by anyone in their right mind.

To see what is still wearable, ask yourself these questions:

  1. “Have I worn it in the past year?” If the answer is no, then you likely won’t wear it again, so it’s time to say goodbye.
  2. “Does it still fit?” If you bought something that wasn’t your size in hopes that it would be one day and it still doesn’t fit, it’s time to say goodbye.
  3. “Is it dirty or otherwise damaged?” If it has an unsightly stain or unfixable flaw, it’s time to say goodbye.

How do you know if you should sell it?

Just because you’re not going to wear a piece of clothing doesn’t mean someone else can’t enjoy it. If you have something you spent a lot of money on, like a leather jacket for example, you might consider having a consignment shop sell it for you, or you can sell it yourself. Consignment stores sell your clothes for you and take a small percentage of the sale price. If you sell your clothes online on a site like Kijiji, you don’t have to pay anything to post it and you get to keep all the profits. You can also save the items for your next garage sale.

Donate what you can’t sell.

If you have other pieces that aren’t worth the effort to sell, you can donate them to a local charity. Make sure that they’re in good enough condition that someone else will be able to wear them. Once you have your clothing donation ready, you can drop it off at your favourite charity thrift store. Some charities even schedule regular donation pick-ups by neighbourhood, so you don’t even have to leave your house to do a good deed.

Storing out-of-season stuff.

Clearing your closet of items you’re not going to wear in the next few months is another good way to relieve clutter problems. If it’s summer, put your winter clothes in your storage room or fold them away under your bed, and vice versa.

And the stuff in Pile 5?

If every other possibility has been explored and a piece of clothing is still in question, might we suggest ripping it up and turning it into some DIY cleaning rags?

Congrats! You have conquered the chaos.

That’s it! Now that you have separated the clothes you still want to wear from all the clutter, you can put what you’re keeping back into your closet and breathe a sigh of relief. You now know what you really have to work with and can make better buying decisions. Perhaps you will rekindle your appreciation for your wardrobe, or head out on a shopping trip for a much more well-informed refresh. After all, maybe you sold some extra stuff on Kijiji and have some spare cash.

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