6 Closet Cleaning Tips to (Finally) Get Your Wardrobe Organized

6 Closet Cleaning Tips to (Finally) Get Your Wardrobe Organized

Imagine: You open up your closet and everything looks neat and tidy. It’s filled with pieces you love, and you can see all of your options for today’s outfits. This isn’t just a scene from “Clueless.” It can be your reality if you’re ready to employ a few closet cleaning tips.

We know that cleaning your closet is a major undertaking. It can even be unexpectedly emotional; you might have items you know you don’t need or want but feel you should keep because of their history. We’re here to help you tackle this major chore with confidence. We’ve rounded up six tried-and-true (yes – we’ve tested these ourselves!) closet cleaning tips.

Of these six closet cleaning tips, flipping hangers is perhaps the most classic example. Image: VSP Interiors

1. Flip your hangers

Do you know which items you wear and which are just taking up space in your closet? You probably answered yes, but as you flip through your hangers you might find yourself realizing you’re not quite sure when you last pulled out that sweater. If you want to get clarity on what you actually wear, flip all of your hangers so the hooks are facing the back of your closet. As you wear each item, flip the hanger back to its normal position.

Wait three months, six months, or a year, depending on how seasonally you use the whole of your closet. At the end of your predetermined time, ditch everything that still has a backward hanger. Yes, it’s a slow burn, but this hack is a surefire way to figure out which pieces are just taking up space in your closet.

Fill your closet with items that bring you joy. Image: California Closets

2. Ask yourself: “Does this bring me joy?”

Have you heard about “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”? The author, Marie Kondo, has built an organization empire on the thesis that we shouldn’t keep anything that doesn’t bring us joy. It might sound hokey – but try it. Pick up that shirt you’ve been keeping because you wore it to your first day of college. Hold it in your hands. Does it spark joy? If not, you can give it away. Kondo explains that we can be grateful to items for the meaning they brought into our lives without feeling guilty for parting with them when they no longer serve us. It’s time to clean out that trunk of relics from your past!

Her book lays out the KonMari method – your ultimate guide to finally getting your stuff in order – and gives you real-life tools to keep it that way. Check out this folding guide Goop developed from her book. We’ve been using this method in our own closets and we can attest to the system of keeping everything neatly stacked.

Creating “to sell” piles is a great litmus test for what you actually think you’ll wear. Image: Arciform

3. Try selling your clothes

There are about a hundred ways to sell your used clothes, from consignment stores to online shops. Find the method that works for you and build a bag of clothes you want to try to sell. Now here’s the sneaky part. You may never actually create that Poshmark account or make the trip to Buffalo Exchange. But it’s illuminating to see what you’re willing to part with when you think you might be able to make a little money off of it. And – as an added bonus – if you do end up selling your clothes, you’ll get a little extra cash to pad your pockets!

Color-code your closet to eliminate duplicates and motivate yourself to keep it looking nice. Image: Neat Method

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