Have you heard of the book “ I Have Nothing to Wear!: A Painless 12-Step Program to Declutter Your Life So You Never Have to Say This Again!” by Jill Martin? It’s a nice read and had some really insightful tips to making sure you always have something to wear.
Just recently I also happened to catch an interview where the author Jill spoke about clearing out your closet in just two steps and here’s some of my favorite tips I took from both her book and interview that I’d like to share with you.
First things first, you have to admit you have a problem. Realizing that you have too much in your closet is the first step to decluttering. Consider removing all the things that may be taking up precious room or that’s causing you to be overwhelmed.
Here are a few examples:
- Clothing that you haven’t worn in years.
- Clothing from high school that or any clothing you are holding onto because of sentimental value.
- Clothing and accessories you bought just to lift your mood.
- Clothing with tags still attached that you may not have even purchased this day, month or dare I say, year.
All of the above are things that are taking up room and need to go to make way for the clothing you will actually wear. Here’s a perfect example: If you have twenty favorite t-shirts from over five years ago, I would suggest keeping only a few and putting the shirts you do decide to keep in a keep sake box to free them of your closet.
This also goes for the changing of the seasons. If you have your winter coats mixed in with your tank tops, now’s the time to remove the winter coats from your closet, at least for another 6 months or so and store them in a different place- whether it be a coat closet or in air-tight containers.
So step one — purge your closet. Get all of the above out of your closet and from there you can store it elsewhere, donate it, sell it on consignment; you can be the judge of that.
Step two of this process is to then organize what you do have remaining in your closet. Speaking from experience during my college years, having your socks mixed with underwear that are mixed with belts next to mis-matched shoes just doesn’t work well.
Having a place for everything is beneficial when it comes to putting laundry away or better yet, keeping your clothing off the floor. Also it can greatly reduce the time it takes you to get ready in the morning, because you’ll know exactly where everything is.
So there you have it. Only two steps and you are on your way to a clutter-free and manageable closet!
I highly recommend checking out I Have Nothing To Wear!: A Painless 12-Step Program to Declutter Your Life So You Never Have to Say This Again! You can purchase it for around $10 on Amazon by clicking the title above or click here to reserve your copy at the Cincinnati Library.