Second, when tackling your closet shelves and closet drawers, work methodically, dealing with everything on one shelf, or inside one drawer, at a time. Decluttering one shelf, or one portion of a shelf, or just the contents of one drawer, can feel much less overwhelming and allow you to deal with the task in baby steps.
Further, if you've stored other items in your closet, beside clothes, I've included some links here for other places on the site that can help give you guidance for how to declutter common items you may find in there, including jewelry and accessories, shoes, and purses and handbags.
In addition, I've focused on kids' closets in a completely different mission, so focus on one closet at a time, since a later organizational challenge will deal with the kids' clothes and closets!
Sometimes the best thing to do is just dig on into a task and begin, and when you're decluttering your closet drawers and shelves, that's often the best way. Just begin!
This mission can make a big impact in your closet. To get you inspired and ready to begin for yourself, check out these before and after photos sent in by readers who've already done this task, and see what a difference it has made for them!
Top photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, _rockinfree, and second photo from a reader, Paula
Before & After Pictures From Readers Who've Decluttered Their Closet Shelves & Drawers
Doing this mission really can make a huge difference in the way your closet looks, and also in the way it functions for you. Clearing out the clutter means you now have room to move around inside your closet, as well as room to store the stuff you actually need and want in there!
This first photo, above, is from a reader, Seena. She says, "My closet was in desperate need of decluttering. I didn't take a pic of the hanging clothing when it was a hot mess but trust me, it was. The clothing on the floor will be donated and the Walmart bag has 4 blouses I will give to my niece. Cleaning out my purses I collected $53.67. Using it to purchase a bigger shoe rack and a large hat box. ☺ I'm sure I'll have left over money.😆"
Here's another photo from a reader, Adamilka. She said, "This is from the master closet. Sweaters could not get hung so after purging I organized them by color family. I will purge again before our move in 10 months!!! Woohoo!!"
Finally, here's a photo from Maria, who decided to declutter her entire closet. She worked all day on it, but the payoff was huge, just look at these before and after photos!
Maria said, "My girlfriend helped me about 6 weeks ago to declutter my whole closet - it took from 9 am until 6 pm!! We emptied it and cleaned it out - donated or threw out clothes I don't wear anymore. Moved things from the closet that should have a home somewhere else. We took everything we were donating out of the house, and bought new hangers that I liked. I wanted the no-slip ones, so I bought enough for my whole wardrobe (not necessary, but it helps to have all hangers that are all the same to have a closet that looks clean and organized). She put back all my clothes for me in sections - dresses, suits, pants, blouses, jeans, shoes, purses. All clothes were organized by color, then length - short to long within the color. The difference is amazing!"
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Closet Drawers & Shelves?
I hope you're getting excited and ready to declutter your closet drawers and shelves now, after seeing these photos.
The photo above is from a reader, Lorraine, who said, "Today I purged the bedroom closet and my husband's dresser. I removed three bags of stuff, off to donate and consignment shop. Next on my list will be my two dressers!"
As you can tell Lorraine caught the decluttering bug, and now she's ready to declutter even more stuff from her home.
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!