Spring Cleaning: Easy Closet Clean Out System

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We’ve cleaned out the pantry and next it’s on to the closet.  I guess I’m really into organizing closets because I’ve got a lot to say about it.  I’ve broken it down into 2 different posts:

Part 1: An Easy System to Effortlessly Clean Out your Closet

Part 2: Tips to help you organize things and a tour of our master closet.

Easy Closet Clean Out System

I get it, you’re probably holding on to a number of things in your closet that you might wear.  Let’s be honest though, you probably won’t.  I developed a system to help you weed out those maybe never articles of clothing.

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At the beginning of each year I put a small clear rubber band on every hanger in the closet.  As we wear articles of clothing, the rubber band comes off the hanger and gets put in a box till the beginning of the next year.  When the article of clothing gets hung up again it goes on a hanger without a rubber band.

Hanger System

At the end of the year I take out all the hangers that still have rubber bands and ideally get rid of those items.

Closet Clean Out
This year’s clean out

Now I will tell you some items made it through the first round.  I double banded them and if we haven’t worn them in two years then they’re going to someone else who can use them.

You could do the same thing with folded clothes by putting a paper clip on the tag.

I found myself throughout the year trying to “save” pieces by wearing them. It helped me mix things up a bit. But, if I put them on and didn’t like the way they fit or the way they made me feel they went straight into the donation box.

Keep the Clutter Out

Another way to keep the clutter out is by only allowing a finite number of pieces to be in your closet.  You can do this by having a certain number of hangers.  I recommend using all the same type of hanger for uniformity, whether it be wood, plastic, etc. (but certainly NO WIRE HANGERS!- a little Mommy Dearest reference).  Pick the number that works for you and your space and stick with it.  This means that once you bring home a new item, an old one has to go.  We keep a box in the closet to collect donation items.  When it gets full I drop it off at a local donation site.

That’s it.  You only have to think about cleaning out your closet once a year and you don’t have to wonder when the last time you wore something was.  It’s working here!

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