10 Steps to Cleaning Out Your Closet

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Last week I asked the ladies in my e-mail challenge accountability group what they needed help with and response after response was their closets.  It seems many of us, me included, have a love-hate with closets. I love the fact that they hold so much and that you I close the door but that also means what lurks behind is out of sight, out of mind.  This means I can defer the maintenance.

Seasonal changes spark the perfect opportunity to take inventory of what you have, what you need and what you don’t!  So, I decided it was time to start.  So, here are the 10 Steps I follow when Deep-Cleaning a Closet!

1.  Choose a closet.

My youngest daughter's closet held the least amount of stuff so it seemed to be the most logical starting place to help me gain momentum in the great closet purge of Spring 2018 :).  

2.  Set up sorting areas.

I use boxes, laundry baskets or totes to create areas for each category -- keep, not sure, re-home, donate and toss.  The not sure pile is important because when you touch items for the first time, there may be some you just can't decide on.  Put it in the "not sure" pile and come back to it later in the process.  The re-home pile is for items that still serve a purpose in your home but don't belong here.

3.  Empty the closet completely & begin sorting.

I know this seems like a lot of work but you will purge way more if you touch and feel every single item.  If you are taking the time, you want to do it right.   As you empty the closet, sort items into the designated areas you set-up!

4.  Ask yourself some questions as you sort.

Do I love it? 
Do I use it?
Do I have duplicates?
Does it fit?
Does this belong here?
Is this item worn or tired?

 Let the answers to these questions guide your sorting.  Remember, no one wants items that are stained, torn or in poor repair so do not donate those items!  

5.  Place the items in the keep pile back into the closet.

6.  Assess the donate pile.  

At this point, sort clothes that you want to consign, those that you want to keep for hammy downs and those that you want to donate.  If you have clothes that you want to consign that are not currently being accepted, store in a covered tote in a store room clearly labeled and then set a reminder on your phone to take during that season!

Place all donations into garbage bags and take them right to your car to donate.  Remember, don't donate items that are stained, ripped or worn.  Save the donation center time by giving them items they can resell and bless others with!

7.  Stow away hammy-downs.

I like to keep hammy-downs in my kids closets because I don't forget to sort through them that way.  Sort items by size, then place them in a clearly labeled tote and place in the closet.

8. Address the Not Sure Pile.

At this point, sort through this pile again based on room in your closet.  Remember just because you have room doesn’t mean you have to use it.  Leave yourself space to breathe! Place the items you want to keep in the closet and then sort everything else accordingly.

9.  Toss the trash.

10.  Re-home the items that do not belong in your closet.

I am always shocked about what gets stowed in the closet that better belongs somewhere else.  I found seasonal decor to trash.  I quickly put everything where it belonged to finish out the process!

Your closet should look fresh and clean! There should be room to breathe and you can  take an informed inventory of what you need to buy for the upcoming season!  You can also take advantage of current end of season sales for anything you might need for next season!

Take a before and after picture of your space to remind yourself of the hard work!  Once you have found success with the first closet, you will feel empowered to tackle the next.  Are you ready to deep clean your closet?  I need to get to work on the rest of mine!

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple, purposeful life.  #tribekoko

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