How To Declutter Your Closet Hanging Clothes

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Today's mission is to declutter your closet of excess hanging clothes. Of course, as always, this does not mean to get rid of all of the clothes you've got on hangers, but instead just the ones which have become clutter.


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This mission is designed to be done while working through the Organize Master Bedroom Closet Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

As always, I try to break down these daily decluttering missions into more manageable chunks, to make the process of getting rid of your clutter easier and less overwhelming.

That's why today I want you to focus only on clothes hanging up in your closet, and not everything that is in there. (There will be more days to focus on closet shelves and drawers, the closet floor, and even specific types of clothing items you've got in there. To see a more detailed breakdown of all the various missions go to the organization challenge article linked above.)

Also, again, so it's not so overwhelming I want you to start with your own clothes, and then you can move onto a spouse or significant other's clothing at another time, this time redoing the mission with their clothes (and hopefully also with their assistance and input.)

How to declutter your closet of excess hanging clothes, including tips for what clothes to choose, why this important, and before and after pictures from others who've done the mission to get you inspired {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
Remember, as well, that we'll focus on organizing your kids' closets in a separate mission, so those missions will come in a separate week.

If you get overwhelmed easily, and still have a lot of hanging clothes, make sure to do just one rod at a time. And if even that is too much at once, do just 10-20 items on a rod at a time, working from left to right.

Part of the issue, sometimes, is not wanting to make decisions about certain things, so if you have trouble, just force yourself to make a decision about each hanging item as you come to it, instead of jumping around in the closet to this item, and then that one. Sometimes being methodical can help!

Goal For Your Closet When This Mission Is Completed

The goal for your closet, when this mission is completed, is to have only clothes hanging on your closet hanging rod that you love or wear frequently, and that they are not so tightly crammed into the space available anymore.

When you overload the hanging rod in your closet it can actually cause the rod to collapse and pull out of the wall, which is a disaster to have to clean up.

In addition, when you overstuff your closet, and have too many clothes on the rod, it makes replacing the clothes back onto the rods a bit pain, and difficult, which means you're much less likely to do this task.

I've found for myself that this actually leads to clothes that should be hung in your closet instead left in your bedroom, or your laundry room, in piles, that themselves are clutter. Surprisingly, decluttering your closet can help you declutter these other problem areas as well.

A clutter free and organized closet is much easier to maintain, and also allows you to get yourself ready for the day much more quickly. You'll really love it when you've got it just the way you want it.

If you need some help deciding what clothes to declutter, remember to check out this article with 9 questions to ask when you declutter clothes.

9 questions to ask yourself when you declutter clothes {on Home Storage Solutions 101}


You may also find that after you get rid of a bunch of your hanging clothes that you get the urge to declutter hangers too. If you want to do that, check out the article at the link for more details about that mission.

Finally, scroll down below to see pictures from other readers who've realized they need to do this decluttering mission, or who have actually done it. It can get you inspired to tackle this task for yourself!

Third photo courtesy of Miss Pupik

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Reminder Of What You're Trying To Avoid By Decluttering Hanging Clothes

If you add too many clothes to your closet rod it is likely to break or get pulled from the wall, which is an excellent reason to declutter hanging clothes, so you can avoid that issue {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

First, here's a photo from a reader, Trish, who realized she had too much stuff hanging in her closet once the rod pulled free from the wall.

I've seen entire closet systems, including rods, and shelves, ripped from the wall from too much weight, and it is such a pain to deal with, on top of needing to declutter and clear out the space.

Try to avoid this outcome if you can, by decluttering some now!

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Before & After When Get Rid Of Hanging Clothes In Closet

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Here's a before and after sent in by a reader, Brandy. She showed not only the difference in her closet once she'd done the mission, but also the clothes she decided to donate to Goodwill.

As you can see from the after photo, doing this mission can free up a lot of space for you! After all, both hangers and the clothing hung on them are pretty bulky!

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Are You Ready To Declutter Some Of The Hanging Clothes In Your Closet?

Organized closet shown by a reader, Dawn. The first step in any organization project is to declutter. {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

I hope you're getting excited about the great results you can have when you do this challenge.

Here's just a couple more photos from readers that I thought were outstanding, and really show what you can get accomplished!

The first one, above, is from Dawn. She not only decluttered but then went on to do some organization, getting an organizer from Costco. She said, "I picked up the shelves at Costco for around $30. I love that I'm able to build them how I want to accommodate my closet's needs."

It looks great Dawn! Wonderful job, don't you think?

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Further, this photo above is from another reader, Erin. She said, "My husband and I just decluttered our walk in closet and dresser. 4 1/2 large garbage bags full of clothes are ready for donation! Wish I had taken a before picture!"

Great job Erin! You and your husband made a great team, and it looks wonderful inside!

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to declutter your closet.

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.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

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!

Related Pages You May Enjoy

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