How to Declutter Your Closet

Last Updated on August 27, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Have you been trying to figure out how to declutter your closet? Check out these tips for decluttering clothes and accessories.

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How to Declutter Your Closet and Give Back

How to Declutter Your Closet

Like many women, I enjoy shopping (although I try very hard to be mindful). As I find new items to add to my wardrobe, I need to be more on top of removing items I no longer use. I’m sharing these tips with you today to let you know what’s working for me. 

I’ve tried a number of different methods for decluttering my closet of the years. None have worked for me until I discovered the KonMari method made popular by the Japanese organizational expert, Marie Kondo.

Of course, whatever method works for you is the one that you should use. Here are a few tips that I’ve found helpful.

This is the book that truly helped me declutter my whole house!

Bring like items together

It’s difficult to see how many clothes you have when they are located in a number of different places throughout your home. The first thing I did was to bring all of the like items together.

I started with shirts and gathered them from our storage room, bureaus, closets, and mending pile, and laundry. Then I looked at each one and was realistic about what I liked, would wear, and wanted to keep.

I got rid of things that weren’t the right color, right size, right style or I just plain out didn’t like.

How to Declutter Your Closet and Give Back

Inspect items carefully

I have great intentions when it comes to dry cleaning and repairing clothes, but realistically it doesn’t happen. What usually happens is that I set the item on a chair in my bedroom so I will sew on the button, remove the stain, drop it off at the dry cleaners “soon.” Soon doesn’t happen.

Knowing that I either handle it immediately or I get rid of the item. Now, I no longer bring home dry clean only clothes.

Remove things that don’t belong

Your clothes closet should hold your clothes, shoes, and accessories. Remove things that don’t belong there so you have room for what does.

Do you have the vacuum cleaner, old photographs, your son’s hockey equipment? Remove it and find a place for it that isn’t in your closet.

Keep everything in its place

If your bureau only has room to hold 10 t-shirts, then keep 10 t-shirts. Storing things in multiple locations is a good way to hold onto more than what you need.

Be realistic about what you really need and don’t buy more. If you bring in one more shirt, get rid of one. Goodwill is a great place to donate things. You can find one near you.

How to Declutter Your Closet and Give Back

Through its 162 local, independent headquarters, Goodwill collectively provided job placement services, onsite and virtual skills training, and other community-based services (such as English-language training, financial education, youth mentoring and access to transportation and child care) in 2015.

Last year, nearly 2 million people engaged in face-to-face Goodwill services to advance in their careers. More than 35 million people accessed education, training, mentoring and online learning tools offered by Goodwill virtually to strengthen their skills and gain industry-recognized credentials.

Goodwill sells donated goods at more than 3,200 stores across the U.S. and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue from donated goods to provide job preparation and placement, education assistance, and other support services for people who are unemployed or underemployed.

Employment is more than a paycheck. It’s a resounding victory for that person, their families, and their community.

Now that you know how to declutter your closet, make sure you drop off your donations at Goodwill.

12 thoughts on “How to Declutter Your Closet”

  1. I think the best tip for me is to limit my items. I have so many white shirts and feel like I need them all but I will have to make myself choose (the ones that tend to stay the cleanest!) and sadly let the rest go. Not sure why decluttering is so painful for me. I used to sew a lot and truly love fabric. I do know I hate the color orange and don’t have any in my closet (sorry Halloween). I wish I didn’t have to store other things in my closet, but in an apartment, they have to compete with my clothes space!

  2. Oh this is what I need to do this spring when I pack away my winter clothes!  I know I have things in there that do not belong…and many that I do not wear anymore.  I need to box them all up this spring and take them to Goodwill!


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