As many of you know I lived in a 1355 square foot condo prior to getting married and it was where began to really hone in on my love of organizing. This post is a step back into time when I decluttered my closet for the first time. The process took me two weeks due to my schedule at the time, but as I always say it’s not how fast you do the job…you want to take your time and do it right.
So are you ready to learn how to declutter your closet? Well great I’m going to walk you through the steps I took, but before we jump too far into all of that, let’s take a moment to look at the before. Is this familiar or worse than your current situation?
The Steps I took To Declutter
- Prep Your Space – I cleared off my bed so I could have a flat area to work on.
- Obtain Your Supplies – donation box(s), donation list, hanger station, mirror, pen, movie/music.
- Select a section/group of items to work with (I tackled my closet in this order: the drawers, the floor, shoes, purses, 1/2 shelves, racks and the other 1/2 of shelves.) This allows you to see progress as you go.
- Create Piles – go through each select group of items and sort into four piles: keep, donated, trash, trying on/review. I only had this fourth section with clothes that I thought were too big, too small or just wasn’t sure about. Your sections may be different, but think in terms of groupings.
- Replace the Keep Items – Once you have the final selection of keep items place them back in the closet in their designated space (you can move the items somewhere else if your declutter changed the amount of space needed).
- Limit the Distractions – if I found an item where it didn’t belong and it wasn’t an instant throw/give away, I would just put it in the proper unorganized/organized area and move on.
Here are a couple photos of the progress as it happened:
Remember to go through your purses as you look at them. As you can see by the pile on the right I had a bunch of stuff in the purses!!!
The Final Decluttering Results
Ok so here was the final product
So, all in all, I had 5 paper boxes full of items to donate to the Nashville Rescue Mission!
I hope you learned from this show and tell that your situation isn’t a unique situation. Everyone has disorder and everyone can make a change…even you! Don’t be embarrassed by the state of your home, remember you have the choice to change your state.
I always tell people that ask if I’m embarrassed by my before and afters, “no, because I know I made a change…I made it better. There is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about, it was my life.
Please share your closet declutters with the THB Family in our Facebook Group…I know you have been working on them. Be proud! You did it!