Have you ever gone to your closet and said “I have nothing to wear,” when the reality is, you have a closet full of clothes?
You’re not alone.
Most people only wear 20% of what’s in their closet, 80% of the time. And nearly half of Americans also have an overstuffed closet in their homes, full of clothes that no longer fit!
That means there’s a lot of clothing just hanging around, taking up space.
So where do you start to get rid of things?
Decluttering a Closet 101
- Pull everything out of your closet
- Sort items into Keep and Don’t Keep piles
- Keep: clothes you love, clothes that fit, clothes you wear regularly
- Don’t Keep: clothes you haven’t worn in a year (or can’t remember the last time you wore them), clothes you don’t like, clothes that no longer fit* and items that are too broken or too stained to fix.
- As you rebuild your closet, separate items by categories (suits, shirts, pants, skirts), or by color or both.
*I kept a whole closet full of “skinny clothes,” hoping to get back down to that size. I finally did and you know what? Those clothes were out of style.
Dawn Dugle is a professional organizer in Florida. She works with individuals and businesses in the Tampa Bay area.