Today's mission is to get rid of clothing clutter, specifically the clothes that you don't like, don't fit or are no longer in style.
Today kicks off the beginning of several weeks worth of missions all about getting rid of clothes clutter, so obviously today isn't the day that you need to do it all.
The idea behind the Declutter 365 missions is that you do just a little at a time. Therefore, over the course of several weeks we'll first focus on your own clothes, and then you can deal with other people's clothes, like your kids' clothes.
Each day you'll see me mention specific types of clothes, or places where clothes often reside, that you should declutter, such as hanging clothes, or all the ones in your dresser drawers, or to declutter socks, etc. To see a full list of these missions check the Getting Rid Of Closet Clutter round up page here on the site.
That means you'll have time, over the course of several weeks, to go through some major categories on specific days.
Today's mission is meant to give you a boost, a quick start to this whole clothes decluttering project, because momentum is good.
That means today you are to focus on what I call low hanging fruit -- get rid of the clothes that are no brainers to toss. The stuff that you don't have to think about at all, or consider, or second guess. You know it needs to leave your house and the only thing you wonder is why didn't I get rid of this sooner?
If you absolutely hate it, it is five sizes too large or small, or it hasn't been in style since 1984 today is the day to say goodbye to it!
To help you with this I've got several resources here on the site.
But really, today is about the stuff you already know shouldn't stay in your home one minute longer.
So, in addition, I've also rounded up photos, sent in by readers who've done this mission, showing the clothes they were getting rid of. It's meant to get you inspired to tackle your own clothing piles.
What I noticed, however, as I gathered up these photos was there were themes -- readers would mention the same things over and over again about why they were happy they got rid of clothing clutter. So I've compiled this hall of fame a bit differently, showing the 7 ways that getting rid of this wardrobe clutter will make you and your home feel awesome!
Scroll down to see the 7 most common reasons Declutter 365 participants were happy too see that clothes clutter leave their home.
Top photo courtesy of a reader, Kylee, who showed a pile of clothes she decided to declutter from her home
The photo above was sent in by a reader, Marlo, who pointed out the first reason that decluttering is great, you can help others in need who will be able to use the clothing you cannot.
She said, "One of my dear friends just found out she's expecting and needed to clean out her closet as it was long over due and she needed space to accommodate maternity clothes and clearly she was holding onto things she didn't need! So she enlisted me as her helper...I was happy to help!
10 bags of clothes just from her closet alone will be donated to our local homeless transition assistance resource center! Often we lack vision for overcoming our clutter but can see the potential in someone else's space or are inspired to transform our space.
She had basket on a shelf with her "dressy scarves" as she calls them but didn't have a place for her swim clothes so I swapped out the scarves for the swimsuits and put the scarves on a hanger in section designated for her dress clothes...problem solved! I'll be back over helping her fine tune organizing her closet space and now I'm inspired to tackle my closet!"
Similarly, Lisa sent in the photo below, explaining, "We spent all day Saturday decluttering our master bedroom closets! This is all getting donated!"
While above Marlo mentioned how she got joy from donating clothes, you can also sell the clothing you don't want anymore.
This can be more work, but it can be quite motivating as well, as a reader, Jamie, mentioned when she sent in the photo above. Jamie said, "This is the second bag of clothes this size that I've pulled from my closets! I spent the extra time and listed all of them on a local auction site. I've made $50 so far! Great motivation!"
The photo above was sent in by a reader, Jackie. She said, "Cleaned out my closet, ready to bag stuff up for Goodwill. I dropped some weight so I don't want these bigger clothes hanging around anymore. I only want clothes that make me feel fabulous."
Jackie makes a great point. When you get rid of all the clothing you don't like anymore you'll be left with only things that make you feel good, which is a great feeling.
6. Makes It Easier To Put Away Clean Clothes After Washing
Robin sent in the photo, and said, "A laundry problem for me is getting my own laundry put away because my dresser is full. So I ruthlessly purged. 3 to donate, 1 to toss, and my teenage babysitter took some special occasion dresses, so it felt good to know where those went."
Putting away clean clothes can be something we struggle to do as part of the laundry cycle, and if it is a problem for you, getting rid of excess clothes may help you fix this problem!
Finally, the last reason that getting rid of clothing clutter is awesome was said perfectly by a reader, Kathy, who sent in the photo above.
Kathy said, "Decluttered clothes and basement. It feels FABULOUS."
It does feel absolutely fabulous to free yourself of unwanted clutter, and I hope seeing how all of these ladies have already done it has inspired you to take on today's mission for yourself, and begin the journey to get your wardrobe clutter free.
Here's one last set of pictures below, from a reader, Tina, who was so excited when she got rid of 7 bags of clothes. Great job girl!
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?
I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to get rid of your wardrobe clutter.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!