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The Closet Cleanse: A Guide to Organizing Your Closet for the New Season

The benefits of decluttering your closet can give you peace of mind.

The mindful benefits of decluttering your closet are more than just appearance; they calm the mind. It's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by the clutter in your closet, with clothes piled high and no clear organization. It can be frustrating and stressful to search for a specific outfit you want or to even find space to add new pieces. However, if you take the time to organize your clothes, it can bring you significant benefits beyond just tidying up your space. An organized closet can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and increase productivity. When you can easily find what you need, when you need it, you're less likely to feel overwhelmed or frustrated.

When you organize the clothes in your closet, you can discover forgotten items or even inspire new outfit ideas. So, with a little inspiration, the motivation to move, and enough determination to do this, you can tackle your cluttered closet and transform the way you feel about yourself in the process. The feeling of being lighter takes over, plus the benefits it brings to your mental health and fashion sense will give you the satisfaction you seek.

Our client was ready and determined to make a change and feel better.

We took on the challenge, followed the organizing process, and discovered new ways to use the closet with repurposed furniture, redesigned their closet space, and revitalized some clothes in a new way. The clothes she was willing to part with got a new home when she gave a few to her daughter, donated many of them to charity, and started selling the pricier items.

Organizing your closet not only has the benefit of reducing clutter and making your space more manageable, but it can also help revive old clothes and give them a new life. When clothes are buried under piles of other items, shoved in the back of a drawer, on a shelf, or piled on the ground, it's easy to forget about them. 

You need to declutter first.

First, you want to remove everything from the closet and look at all your clothes and accessories one by one. Everything from the hanging clothes, piles of clothes, and clothes from the stacked bins, drawers, and shelves should be removed. Be ruthless and decide if you like the piece of clothing or not. Ask yourself, "Do I love it?" "Does it fit me?" "Can I repurpose this and wear it in a new way?" By taking the time to sort through your clothes and setting out some outfits you like, you can rediscover items you haven't worn in months or even years. Remember, your closet is only so big or so small, and saving just what fits in it is part of accepting reality. When you get rid of something that no longer fits into your lifestyle, you will have room for something new.

Revitalize a wardrobe

Transforming your closet by decluttering and then organizing, will allow you to create a sustainable style and up-cycle your old clothes. Additionally, organizing your closet can inspire you to create new outfit combinations and experiment with different styles. By giving your clothes a new life, you can avoid the need to constantly purchase new items and contribute to a more sustainable approach to fashion. So, embrace your ability to declutter and organize and step into the power of being resourceful. You will find satisfaction when you breathe new life into your wardrobe; you’ll even be surprised by what you can create with what you already have.

Once you have the clothes you want to keep selected, remove those wire hangers and place them on heavy duty velvet hangers or wooden hangers instead. Make it even easier for yourself to see what you own and choose what you want to wear. Some clothes weigh more than others, and some others are likely to slip off a hanger, unless you pick the correct one, so pick the best hanger for the job. Here is a link to get the best velvet hangers for your closet. 

I learned that a person, most of the time, has difficulty parting with something only because they fear it will land in the landfill or that it won't go to a good home where someone will appreciate it. These are all good considerations, especially because one of the reasons to organize is to maintain a sense of sustainability. Check out our resource page on our website for places to donate, and to get ideas on where you can sell the pricey stuff. If you keep up with these new habits annually, you can help reduce your environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Eco-friendly fashion is a thing now.

Being sustainable in your home means making choices and taking actions that reduce your impact on the environment and promote long-term environmental health. In addition, by making these choices, you are creating a sustainable lifestyle that will bring out the best in you. Go ahead and be your best self!


Blog post by Elizabeth Lulu Miranda: Lulu has been working as a home and office organizer in Chicago for over 15 years. She brings new perspectives on how to have an organized life. Writing for the Mercury Organizing blog “Create the Flow" and her personal blog “What would Lulu Do?"

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