Time to Clean Your Closets

Friday, May 24, 2013

Have you ever looked in your closet and you have no idea where to start?  Feeling overwhelmed the first thing in the morning is not a good way to start your day.  Have you ever cleaned your closet and felt that sense of release and organization?  When your closet is organized and neat, you are more apt to find things easier. Stray belts, tangled hangers, and mismatched shoes makes for unnecessary, extra stress. Are their items in your closet that you haven’t used in years?  The rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it in six months, you are likely not to.  Another good rule of thumb is that for every item that you put into your closet, you should take one item out.  You’ve seen the show hoarders; you don’t want to become a clothes hoarder!  This may be easier said than done, so how do you go about cleaning out your closet?  First, manage your time, and do a little bit of a time so it’s not such an overwhelming job, and this way, it will be easier to maintain if you think it will only take a little bit of time at a time. 

Here are some steps to get you started in cleaning out that disorganized closet:

Remove & Classify

  • The process of cleaning the closet begins by taking a section and removing everything in it.  

  • Once you take out all the items, the next step is to sort into piles and categories (yes, maybe’s and no’s).

  • Decide what you want to do with the no’s (bag them up and take them to a consignment store for sale or perhaps give them to the salvation army).  Decide how long you will keep the maybes and stick to that schedule.

  • Categorize the items that are seasonal and store in tote bins for the next season (such as winter wear or summer wear).


  • Once you complete the process of clearing out your closet, it is time to begin dusting, washing, and wiping. Try to clean every drawer and shelf, then mop and sweep the floor.

  • You can also add a special air freshener designed specifically for closets, to maintain that clean smell in your closet.

Space Evaluation

  • Go back and think how you can further maximize the space of the closet. Do you require an additional shelf in your closet? A drawers set? Hanging Hooks? Making the space more organized will help you keep the space organized.  Arrange all items in a way that makes sense to you.  (Having your shirts all together and pants in another area might help).

Although a basic task, cleaning out your closets may help you in becoming more organized and especially feel better when you first tackle your day!