Have you ever looked at your closet, wanted to organize it, but don’t know where to start? Have you ever interested in a minimalist lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Sit tight, I'm here to share you with my 4 easy steps to decluttering your closet.
Decluttering has always been THAT problem that gets but rarely got fixed immediately! It’s not a hard job but it needs a lot of patience and organization skill. This post is going to make it easier for you.
STEPS FOR DECLUTTERING YOUR CLOSET
I recommend doing a seasonal decluttering "sweep" so things don't pile up.
First thing first, you need to EMPTY THE SPACE.
Yes, you read that right! Take out every single item from your closet.
Why? To see how much clothing you really have and decide how much of it you want to keep!
This also preps you for Step 2.
You can’t build your dream closet without imagining how it would look like. Which is why step 1 was so important -- it gives you a blank slate so you can start fresh. Look for inspiration on platforms like Instagram, Tumblr, WeHeartIt, etc. I highly recommend Pinterest because it’s so well-organized.
Psst… check out our Pinterest board for ideas!
“DIVIDE AND CONQUER”.
Separate your pile of clothing into 3 smaller piles and name them YES, MAYBE, and NO.
Be brutal and show no mercy! Especially to your socks and lingerie -- they all have a shelf-life and do “expire”.
When your first response to any item is a YES, mentally match that item with another item to make an outfit as quickly as possible. After that, think about where you can wear that outfit to. If you can think of more than two events, for example, a shirt that you can wear to work or to a hangout with friends, it’s definitely a yes. If not, don’t hesitate and put it in the MAYBE pile.
Items in your NO pile can go to donations or yard-sales.
Our co-founder Samia breaks down her process of categorizing her items. Read her blog post here.
Step 4: Enjoy
How do you feel? Accomplished? Liberated? You did it!
I hope we share the same feeling, because I usually feel happy and relaxed and productive after cleaning and organizing things around me. Not only do you finish organizing, but you are also doing something good for your community by donating or selling some items.
Enjoy your newly decluttered closet!
*Written by FreshRent’s stylist intern, Nicole- who’s a minimalist, taking Fashion Management at GBC*