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Decluttering Your Closet Floor {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's mission is decluttering your closet floor, removing anything that shouldn't be there and purposefully putting away any items you do choose to place in this space.

Organize Your Closet Challenge
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Closet Challenge, but it can be done whenever you want or need to get it done.

I know that organizing and decluttering your entire closet, at once, can be overwhelming. There's a lot of stuff in there!

That's why I have broken it down for you into more manageable steps, and one of the ways to do that is to focus on just one small area at a time. That's why today only focus on the closet floor.

In other missions here on the site, you'll also deal with decluttering:You can also check out a break down of different decluttering missions for various types of clothes and other items you might normally find in closets here on the site. I'd suggest reading the main organizational challenge article, mentioned above, for a comprehensive list.

Please also note that today I want you to focus on your own closet. We'll work on organizing kids closets in a later challenge. {You can check out this article about how to get rid of kids closet clutter here, if you're interested in learning about that now.)

Tips and ideas for #decluttering your closet floor, including how to do it and lots of before and after photos from readers to get inspired to tackle and clean out your closet {a #Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101} #DeclutterClosetuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Work 15 Minutes At A Time For This Mission

For some people their closet floor is really messy, and so this mission can take a long time. That's OK!

Remember, I always want you to work in 15 minute increments so that you make progress without getting exhausted or overwhelmed.

best to start by picking up things that don't even belong on the floor of your closet, such as hanging clothes that have fallen off their hanger.

Then, you can slowly tackle each area of your closet floor, moving methodically, to deal with various piles or items that you've placed there, perhaps hastily and then not dealt with again.

You should know that I don't think, at the end of this mission, that your closet floor needs to be completely clear. Instead, your closet floor can be a good place to store certain items.

However, all things placed on your closet floor, including items placed directly onto the floor, or those items placed into organizers and containers on the floor, should be placed there purposefully and with thought, instead of haphazardly or in a mad dash and dump when company is coming, or because you don't have room for it anywhere else.

I've found that the closet floor doesn't just have clothes on it for most people, but if it does, check out the 9 questions to ask yourself when decluttering clothes here.

In addition this is also where you might keep shoes (check out this article for more tips on organizing shoes) or even paper piles (check out the paper organization section for more ideas on dealing with paper).

So are you ready to begin? At the top of the article is a photo from a reader, Adrianne, who sent in a picture of what her closet floor looked like at the beginning.

She can tackle this, and you can tackle your closet floor too. Scroll down to see photos from other readers who've done exactly that!

Botton photo of collage courtesy of ...loveMaegan from Flickr Creative Commons

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Before & After Pictures From Readers Who've Decluttered Their Closet Floor

How to declutter your closet floor, including tips and ideas as well as before and after photos from readers who've done the Declutter 365 mission {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

As you can see from these before and after photos readers have shared with me, decluttering your closet floor can make a big difference in how your closet looks, as well as in how easily you can move around in there.

The photos above are from a reader, Evelyn, who said, about the top photo in the collage, "This was all sitting in the floor of my closet," and then of the bottom photo, "the finished result."

Wow, that looks great, doesn't it?

Here's another one, from another reader, Regina.

Tips for decluttering your closet floor to remove clutter and clear out the space, as well as before and after photos from readers who've done the Declutter 365 mission {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
Regina said, "I'm guilty of keeping gift bags but I tossed several that I'll never use."

That just goes to show us we can find all kinds of things in our closet, not just clothing! No matter what you've got in there clear it out slowly and methodically, making the decisions about what to keep and what to part with, so the space will function the way you want and need it to.

Before and after when you clean out your closet floor {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

Finally, here are photos from a reader, Anna, above. She said, "As embarrassing as it is to show, here are my before and after pics of my closet floor. It didn't take me as long as I thought and got rid of clothes, shoes, and some papers I was storing for over 20 years (sadly, no exaggeration.)"

I don't think you should be embarrassed Anna, but instead proud of what you accomplished! Yay! You did a great job!

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Closet Floor Clutter?

I hope these photos and quick instructions have motivated you to get rid of your closet floor clutter.

Here are just a few more after only photos from a reader Joanne, who also did this mission.

Organized and decluttered closet, after clearing the closet floor of clutter {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Joanne said, "I worked on my master bedroom closet this weekend! Here are a couple of pics of the closet! I wish I had before pics, but the floor was basically covered with either clothes, shoes and other items, some of which didn't go in the closet! Love the space now!"

Here's the second photo she sent in.

Decluttered and organized closet where closet floor clutter removed {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Want To Do More Decluttering Missions? Get Started With Declutter 365 Today!

Declutter 365 missions: 15 minute missions for your entire home

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!

Click here to take me to this year's Declutter 365 calendar

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 Closet Floor Clutter?

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clear closet floor easier to clean
by: Carol Sutton

I have nothing on my closet floor. I have a few wire shelves and a hanging shoe 'closet'. Makes it so easy for sweeping and mopping floors. Actually I just turn my tiny sweeping/mopping I-robot loose in there once in a while.
Now my husband's floor is a little worse. He must have 30 pairs of boots in his.

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