Cleanin’ Out My Closet

closetcleanoutSo I promised you an update on my closet cleanout that occurred last weekend and was actually a smashing success (for the first time ever in my closet cleaning history), and I’m going to let you in on some tips that made it such an accomplishment!

A few of my favorite bloggers (hey Fran and hey Audrey) have recently done closet purge posts (I’ll link to their posts below), and they both offer great advice. But the thing that pushed me the most was this post from One Kings Lane (the-home-goods-website-that-is-too-expensive-for-my-lifestyle-but-so-beautiful-to-look-at).

The post was actually a tribute and short summary to that book that everyone is talking about, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. Full disclosure, I haven’t read the book, but I did read the eight takeaways in the One Kings Lane post, and I think that was enough for me. A quote from the One Kings Lane post that I think best sums the whole process up: 

First, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it. Second, once only your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then put back.

So basically that’s exactly what I did, I whipped through my clothes/shoes/jewelry pretty quickly with this method and it really allows you to get past the questions I always trick myself with.

“What if I need this college club polo in a year?” “What if I desperately need this fancy dress that I don’t even like any more?” “These scarves came from the London street markets, how can I give them up?”

And on and on and on. I can justify anything.

If it didn’t make me happy when I touched it, and if I wouldn’t wear it in the next week (if weather was not a factor, of course), then it got tossed. Easy, peasey. When I finished, I had a closetful of pieces that I really loved (and would wear immediately) and about 8 bags full trashbags to donate/sell. It only took me about 3.5 hours to go through everything and fold/hang all my pieces.

Annnnnnd I felt great about it, which is even more amazing. So if you’ve been wanting to do a closet cleanout lately, I highly recommend reading the One Kings Lane article and giving the Kondo method a try!

A Few More Notes to Discuss:

  • Another blogger (Krista from Covering the Bases) recently recommended this three-drawer container for sunglasses storage, but I thought it was PERFECT for jewelry storage (and the price point was pretty great). Each drawer is divided into three sections, which was great for storing watches, statement necklaces, etc.
  • My mom has been using the velvet non-slip hangers below and convinced me to switch over to them this year (though I bought these Amazon one for less and for free shipping with Prime). Game changing. Nothing slips off them, and they really help to save space in our closet that is a walk-in, but basically a long hallway. Thanks, Mom!
  • These closet cleanout (plus some Pinterest browsing and blog reading) helped me discover some items that I want to see about adding to my “closet wishlist”. For example, I think I would get a lot of use out of navy ballet flats and a light blue oxford shirt, so I’m coming up with a list to take with me on shopping trips!


Posts to Consult:

ps. Yes, my closet title is in reference to an Eminem song, thank you for asking!

  • Heather Hacker

    I just ordered the book from Amazon after hearing so much buzz about it all over the blogosphere. I hope it inspires me to actually get off my butt and clean up my closet and organize my life!

  • Those velvet hangers are game-changers for sure. Another blogger I follow posted about the exact same thing today…down to the velvet hangers! When I posted about decluttering I linked to Fran and Audrey’s same posts, too!

  • Kaci

    Out of curiosity – would you say more of the stuff you donated things you bought before you started blogging? I’ve been wondering that since the recent uptick in closet clean out posts.

  • I keep hearing about this book, so I think I need to read it asap! I feel like I’ve become such a hoarder lately and desperately want to get rid of stuff and not just clothes. I did get rid of bags of clothes last week and it felt great, but I have papers and things everywhere.

  • I love the sound of that approach to closet clean-outs! Your clothing SHOULD spark joy. I’m planning a big closet clean-out once I’m on maternity leave. I’m hoping to de-clutter quite a bit!

  • Great job! I did the same thing last weekend. It felt amazing!

  • This is awesome! I love to clean out and declutter, but I’m always amazed how much more I can find. Even a purger like me justifies things, apparently :) I did a bigger-than-usual clean out last fall when I realized this (when I did my capsule) and it felt so good. I switched to that type of hanger at that time too, and it’s such a little thing, but it makes my closet way better. More functional and prettier too!

    Things have crept up again though and it’s time to do a big cleanout again. I started listening to the audio book of The Magic of Tidying Up, and while I am totally on board with the summary principles, the rest of it is just weird – like the stories about how the author was a 5 year old who read organization magazines and did these sorts of things in her parents’ bathroom. So I didn’t make it through the book, but you’re inspiring me to try the principles…