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Clutter doesn’t only impact our spaces but our headspace as well, as there’s a direct link between the amount of clutter we have and how it impacts our mental health.
Closet Decluttering is the key to getting your spaces and life under control and one of those spaces in your closet. During the Christmas season, it’s especially important to have a clean and organized closet because your life becomes even busier. Here is a quick checklist of how you can declutter all your closets for Christmas.
1. Have A Plan
One of the main things you want to do before you tackle the clutter in closets is to have a goal in mind. How do you want to use this closet? What is its purpose: will it be Christmas storage, seasonal items, food storage, or something else?
Once you know where things will go and how you want to utilize the closet, you can begin decluttering and putting items where they should go.
2. Worn Out Clothes
Are you hanging on to a piece of clothing because you think you might wear it? Or because you think it might come back in style? Unfortunately, if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in 6 months or more, and it’s not for a special occasion, you should toss it out.
Instead of throwing away clothes and risking them going to a landfill, if they’re in good condition, donate them to your nearest thrift store. You can even try to sell them and get a bit of cash if they’re in sellable condition.
3. Toss Out Single Items
Do you reach into your closet and pull out one glove but can’t find the other? When you have several items that are missing their mate, it’s best to toss them. They only take up space, and they’re not being used.
Have you ever thought about wiping down shelves in your closet or vacuuming the floor? Cleaning your closet can give you a sense of accomplishment and make putting everything back in its place much easier.
Start by wiping down dusty shelves and vacuuming floors. Ensure there are no bugs or other things lurking in the corners. Once you’ve dusted and vacuumed, take a cleaner that’s appropriate for your shelves, and wipe them down as well.
5. Separate and Sort
Once you’ve emptied your closet, it’s time to decide what you’re going to keep and what you’re going to throw away. Start by creating categories:
- Throw away
- Move to another location
If you’re stuck on what to do with an item, place it in a ‘question mark’ pile and figure it out once you have everything else sorted.
6. Organize With Bins
Organizing works best when you know where everything goes. To do this, you may want to invest in bins, custom closet organizers, or other containers that allow you to see where items are located. Bins are especially important if you have loose items like socks.
There’s an endless supply of bins and containers that you can use in your closet space. However, you’ll need to make sure they all fit, and they’re easy to access. If they have labels, that’s even more efficient, and containers without lids are best if you don’t need them.
7. Pantry Purge
During the colder seasons, it’s wise to stock up on items in your pantry that can be used for warm and quick dinners. Unfortunately, there are many things in the pantry that might be expired or old.
Taking a sweep through your pantry before winter begins is a great idea to keep pantry staples stocked and ready for meals. Once you toss out old food items, make a list of things you need for your pantry so you can be ready for mealtime.
Keeping Your Closet Organized
Now that you’ve decluttered your closet, it’s time to keep it up! But what are some of the best ways to maintain your closet’s cleanliness? Here are some tips for making sure your closet doesn’t become cluttered.
1. Everything in its Space
Though it’s tempting to shove everything when you’re in a hurry, it’s important that you take the time to put everything back in its place. Storing items correctly will save you time and the headache of decluttering so much when it gets out of control. It will also make items easier to find and save you time as well.
2. Closet Systems
If you find that your closet is a space that’s lacking organization, you may want to consider investing in custom closet systems to keep everything in place. These systems can be customized to meet your specific needs to keep all of your things orderly. A closet organizer company that specializes in customized closets can draw plans for you based on what you need.
3. Purge Frequently
Whether it’s weekly or monthly, commit time to purge unused or unwanted items from your closets. Frequent purges save you the hassle of tackling cleaning all at once. Doing a little at a time is a great time saver and helps you become familiar with the items you currently own.
Decluttering Your Closets
Decluttering all of your closets is a wonderful way to see what you have and purge what you no longer need or use. Keeping yourself organized saves you time and money in any capacity.
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