January 20, 2020
How to Quickly Declutter a Closet
This week we’re tackling CLOTHING and BEDROOMS – I’ll also share a blog post on Wednesday about decluttering entertainment and kids stuff. Don’t feel like you have to do everything this week – I’m just sharing the information with you so you have it and can work at your own pace.
If you haven’t printed out the Declutter Order Checklist, make sure you keep reading and do that. Before you do anything this week, it might be helpful for you to figure out when you’re going to do the tasks. I use my Homekeeping Planner but you can write it on the checklist, in a calendar, on a scratch sheet fo paper. I find it really helpful to block out when I’m going to do specific tasks. This helps me break it down into manageable tasks and steps and so I don’t get overwhelmed.
Throughout the month of January we will be following this free printable – Clean Mama’s Declutter Order (also found in The Clutter Handbook) as our guide. I’ll be posting on Mondays with a couple bonus posts for the week ahead. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for behind the scenes progress in our home!
If you’re ready for decluttering but not quite sure where to start, I have a simple method to make a lot of progress in a short period of time. Ready?
Here are your steps to a decluttered clothing and bedrooms:
First things first, make sure your declutter station is nearby and go through everything if you can.
KEEP – Love it, need it, or use it
TOSS – Recycle or trash
DONATE – Don’t love it, need it or use it but someone else could
RELOCATE – Still love it, use it or need it, but it doesn’t belong here
STEP 1: SHOES
Go through shoes quickly and keep what you wear regularly and considering donating any shoes that don’t fit or are not in your regular rotation. I am a minimalist when it comes to shoes and try to keep under 5-7 pairs at any given time. Decide on a number or what you have room to store and keep the best.
STEP 2: OUTERWEAR
Make a quick assessment on what you use for outerwear and keep what you use regularly and donate anything that you no longer wear or need. Assess everything – is there anything that you can toss, donate, or relocate?
STEP 3: CLOTHING
- Sort clothing by season and type – I find that this really helps me keep clothing in check and see what I have.
- Edit everything – keep the best – this is the time to be critical and eliminate anything you don’t use or need. Keep that DONATE bin or basket handy.
QUICK TIP: If you aren’t sure if you want to keep an item, turn the hanger around and if you haven’t used it in a certain period of time that you decide, donate it.
Once you’re done decluttering clothing, it’s time to declutter your bedroom(s). Follow this order to quickly declutter any bedroom.
- declutter floors – keep, toss, relocate, donate
- check under the bed – remove anything that doesn’t below
- sheets + linens – assess sheets and linens – is there anything that is worn or ripped or not used?
- pillows – keep the best
- bedside tables – empty and declutter – return the items that you use daily
Here’s what you can expect on the blog for the month of January:
January 1 – INTRO – Join the Challenge!
January 2 – Decluttering Quick Start + Cleaning Supplies / Laundry Area
January 6 – Kitchen
January 13 – Bathrooms
January 20 – Clothing + Bedrooms
January 22 – Entertainment + Kids
January 27 – Office Space + Paper Clutter
January 29 – Digital Clutter
Find all the posts from the Clean Mama Clutter Challenge here.
What will you GAIN when you declutter? TIME, LESS STRESS, A CALM + COZY HOME you are excited to come home to!
please note: the Clean Mama Clutter Challenge is free – it is not necessary to purchase the handbook to take part in the challenge but the handbook will definitely help! Grab it now while it’s on sale!
Ready to clear the clutter? I’m SO excited to share The Clutter Handbook with you! It’s updated and ready to help you take on your clutter in a fresh, new way for 2020. The FREE Clean Mama Clutter Challenge through the month of January will be on the blog, Instagram, and in a new private Facebook group (purchase The Clutter Handbook to be in the Facebook group). Grab The Clutter Handbook to take you even more in depth through the challenge!
The Clutter Handbook is a 47-page pdf guide designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home. If you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or just a couple clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps.
The problem with decluttering is not knowing where to start. If you’re just happening on this post, go here first. I have 4 steps to give you a quick start on your decluttering. You’ll gain momentum and be motivated to continue – that’s the best kind of decluttering. Getting rid of the clutter quickly, easily, and while seeing almost instant progress in the early stages.