How to Declutter Your Closet & Create a Minimalist Wardrobe

by Simplify

Though she has tried decluttering in the past, Elin hasn’t had much success. She decided to research different decluttering methods to create a process that would work for her. Elin takes us through her personalized process for decluttering her closet.

Many of her failed attempts to declutter involved taking everything out and going through each item one at a time. Elin decided to focus on what to keep rather than what to get rid of. This way she was able to concentrate on items she truly loves making it easier to let go of the rest.

Without looking in her closet, she made a list of her favorite items. In previous decluttering processes, simply seeing an item opened opportunities to find excuses to keep it.

Elin’s technique enabled her to distinguish between items she really loved and items she wouldn’t remember unless they were in front of her. She went through items by category keeping only the things she liked most in each category.

How to declutter your closet

Next, she separated everything that remained into two categories. One category was for things she would get rid of via donation, selling, or throwing away. The other category was for her quarantine bin.

The quarantine bin is for undecided items. Having these items out of sight and less accessible, she can see if she actually misses them. This way, when it’s time to make decisions on what to toss and what to keep, she’ll feel confident she made the right choice.

How to declutter your closet 

Elin found it less overwhelming to approach decluttering by singling out her favorites instead of reviewing each item. She managed to free up space in her closet, making it easier for her to find things, and keep everything tidy.

Customizing and combining a variety of decluttering methods, she created a technique that worked for her.

For more decluttering tips, discover how to do a home reset in 8 simple steps or these 15 brilliant Dollar Tree ideas for organizing your home.

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  • Mrs8263188 Mrs8263188 on Nov 30, 2022

    When we moved into a new home I hung all my clothes with the hangar hook facing me. As I wore the clothes I turned the hangars with the hook facing the wall. After a couple months it became obvious what I was wearing and not wearing. After a year I had the picture and discarded the things that still had the hangar hooks facing me. I might add that I purchased no new items during this time so as to not confuse the issue.

    • Leslie Leslie on Oct 31, 2023

      I do that at the beginning of the new year. Unless it’s something I need/have to keep, it goes the next year.

      I have a neighbor that pulls something out of her closet every Wednesday during Lent and donates it to a local church thrift shop.

      All kinds of ways to skin this cat!