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How To Declutter Hats & Caps

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Today's mission is to declutter hats and caps from your wardrobe and home.

Organize Jewelry & Accessories Challenge
This mission is designed to be done during the Organize Jewelry and Accessories Challenge, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site, or whenever else you need to do it in your own home.

The mission is pretty simple and straightforward. Simply gather up all of the hats and caps, of whatever variety you've got in your home, and look through your collection deciding what you should keep and what you should get rid of.

As usual, you don't have to get rid of every piece of headwear you own. Instead, this is the time to evaluate what you've got, and only keep the best of the best, what you actually use, and what you have room for.

This mission applies to both men and women's hats, as well as hats for kids, so look at all family members.

How to declutter hats and cap, including questions to ask yourself, and suggestions for getting rid of sentimental collections {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
There is, just so you know though, a bit of an overlap between this Declutter 365 mission and the one we'll do later in the year when we declutter winter gear, such as gloves, scarves, and winter types of hats, so if you want to wait on those particular hats until another day you can.

However, all other types of hats are fair game, be they big or small. That includes
cowboy hats, berets, and everything in between.

When deciding what hats you should keep versus get rid of, ask yourself these questions:

1. What condition is the hat in? Is it broken, worn, or overly soiled? Is it beyond repair, or fixable, and if fixable, will you really invest the time and money into repairing it?

2. When is the last time you wore it? If you haven't worn it in over 6 months, or longer, seriously consider whether you should keep it?

3. Do you have multiple hats or caps of this variety? For example, do you have lots of baseball caps? How many of that type of hat do you really need? Perhaps keep your favorites and get rid of the rest.

4. Does it feel comfortable when you wear it, and fit properly?

5. How much room do you have for storing hats in your home? Only keep the amount you can fit into the designated storage. If you need to keep the hat in its own box, for example, make sure you also take into account how large the hat box is when making these decisions.

I understand some hats are also parts of collections, or you may be keeping them for more sentimental reasons, so check out some more tips for decluttering these types of hats below.

Second photo in collage for decluttering mission courtesy of a reader, Teasha

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Tips For Decluttering Hats With Sentimental Value

Tips for decluttering hats and caps, or other headwear, with sentimental value {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Sometimes hats aren't just pieces of clothing or accessories for an outfit, but they instead have sentimental value for a variety of reasons which can make them much more difficult to get out of our homes.

That is exactly what happened to one reader, Laurie, who sent in the photos above. She said, "What a great mission! I didn't have much to organize, but I feel so much better now! Here is my problem.... These are all the yarmulkes we have. Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs... Everybody makes a special one with the date and occasion inside. We aren't terribly religious so we almost never use them. And when we do we need maybe 10. Any ideas how to purge these? I am stuck on the sentimentality."

Sentimental items are harder to get rid of. However, it can help if you first make a distinction between hats you've got for fashion or practicality, and those kept for emotional reasons, because they shouldn't be in the same category when deciding what to do with them.

If you feel like you've got too many sentimental items limiting yourself to a certain amount of storage space for them can help. Only keep as much as you can fit into one designated area.

I also suggest that you keep sentimental hats and caps (that you don't actually wear, but are keeping for other reasons) somewhere other than with all your own hats or caps that you do wear. That will help you free up space for your actual wardrobe.

Strategies for how to declutter sentimental items
In addition, many hats are actually quite pretty and interesting to look at, so consider displaying some of them instead of hiding them away if they bring you good memories.

Another possibility is to pass on some of these sentimental items to others who would also appreciate them, which can allow you to declutter with less guilt.

There are actually quite a few more ways to declutter sentimental objects, so if you need more ideas check out the article on decluttering sentimental items here.

Laurie later sent in the after photo, and had settled on passing on the sentimental items back to others to enjoy, but giving them back to the person whose day they celebrated. She said, "Sorting the yarmulkes was actually not that hard, and now I have the friends' kipot who come to our house in order so when they come they can wear the memory of their special occasion!!! Wow, I will look so thoughtful! Thanks!!!"

I'd love to hear how you've decluttered these objects from your home too, so tell me in the comments below.

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Hat Clutter?

After you get rid of your hat clutter you'll be able to get the rest of your hats organized to wear and enjoy! {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

I know I mentioned hat collections, and a reader, Lisa, sent in this photo of her husband's baseball hat collection, which he organized in their closet. She said, "Hubby has a hat collection. He keeps them in the master closet in these hat holders he found on Amazon. Each one holds 24 hats. The 2-3 hats he wears regularly are usually kept on his nightstand or on a hook in the closet."

You can find several types of hat organizer products here:

Hat Organizers {Referral Links}

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Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!

Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.

Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.

In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.

If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!

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In addition, here's a round up of all the Declutter 365 missions on the site for decluttering clothes of all kinds.

How to declutter your wardrobe of excess clothes

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Comments for Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Hat Clutter?

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Baseball caps
by: Kim

I plan to either take pictures of the caps or (gasp!) cut the symbol off the front and put in a frame.

I love my hats
by: Anonymous

If you haven't worn it in over 6 months, or longer, seriously consider whether you should keep it?

Yea, that works for some people but not me. I love my hats. I only have ones I love and I have room for them and some I haven't worn in years like my cowboy hat but when I need it, I've got it. I've done really well in other things to declutter but my hats stay! LOL

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