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.
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.)
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.
Finally, 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.
Now, make sure to 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!
Are You Ready To Declutter Some Of The Hanging Clothes In Your Closet?
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?
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!
Want To Do More Decluttering Missions? Get Started With Declutter 365 Today!
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!