It’s day twelve in the NO SPEND month and according to the book, 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero, today is the day to organize your closet. Today is the day to take a look at all of those clothes, shoes, purses, accessories, and whatever else it is that you shove behind closed doors…
Do you do that?
Are you a bit of a hoarder when it comes to your closet?
I sincerely ask, because I am not.
My family adopted a more minimalist lifestyle a while back and since then we have purged the closet clutter multiple times. So for us, today is the day that we don’t organize the closet because we no longer need to.
But I remember when we first started cutting back. I remember a closet full of unused, never worn, dust collecting items. I remember thinking we had nothing because we had too much to see what was really there.
And I remember the feeling of a weight being lifted the day we finally cleared it all out.
It’s amazing what clutter can do to you emotionally. A lot of people don’t even realize that the stuff of life is affecting them until they choose to let it go.
If you are someone who has a closet full of stuff and you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know how you could ever get rid of anything, I will give you some advice.
First, start small. Don’t feel that you need to organize the entire closet in one day. Some people can do that with no problem, but for others it is too much at once. Pick a section (I recommend your clothes) and start there.
If you are following what I’ve just recommended, then my next suggestion is to take every item of clothing out of your closet. Look at it all. Touch it all. Heck, smell it all!
If there is anything that jumps out at you as unnecessary, put it in a pile to discard (sell, donate, or throw away) later.
For everything else, put it all back in the closet, BUT… put the hangers backward. Yes, backwards.
Leave it that way for three months. Anytime you actually wear something, turn the hanger back the correct direction. After a while, it will look incredibly messy. But there is hope!
After the three months have passed, take a good look at your closet again. You will be able to very visually see what you do and do not wear. This visual statement will be extremely helpful when finally, truly, decluttering and organizing your closet. Whatever is still left turned backwards on the hanger is clearly not something you actually use. Now you can discard it without feeling the stress of the the “What if I need it?” mentality.
Once you’ve conquered the clothes, the rest of the closet should feel a little more manageable.
If you are someone who buys a lot of shoes, I recommend placing them in boxes for three months and going through this same process. Just remember that it’s nearing summer now and if you live somewhere with snow (like I do) then you won’t want to discard your winter boots after the three months… unless you feel the need to buy a new pair, which defeats the whole purpose of the no spend challenge, so try not to do that.
Now you should be able to clear out the rest of the closet with ease. And, going forward, try to be mindful about what you put in there. Ask yourself if you really need an item before you purchase it. If you are out at a store and see something you like, give yourself a day to think about it.
Do you need it?
Will you wear it or use it?
Do you have something already in your closet that does the same job?
The point is, if you go through all the trouble to declutter and organize your closet, you should then put in the effort to maintain it.