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Proven Closet Decluttering Tips

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For busy families and even the messiest among us

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Are you the type of person who enjoys shopping, but do you find it difficult to find a place to store everything in your ever-increasing pile of clothes, shoes, and accessories? If so, the following tips can help you effectively declutter your closet without getting rid of items that are truly important to you.

Set Rules for Yourself

Setting rules for yourself may sound like a scary concept, but it isn’t. After all, even people who enjoy collecting items will find that there are certain types of items they no longer want to keep. For instance, you could decide that anything that is broken, damaged, torn, or stained will be immediately tossed out. Perhaps you’ll decide that particular styles are no longer right for you; if that’s the case, get rid of clothing items you no longer enjoy wearing.

Get Rid of Clutter Regularly

Once you decide to get rid of certain items, remove them from your home as soon as possible. Give them to a local thrift store or offer items that are in good condition to family members or friends. Storing items that you intend to give away usually backfires because you forget about it and you end up keeping everything.

Set Goals

Why do you want to get rid of extra clutter? Is it because you don’t have room to store all your belongings? Perhaps you are moving, or maybe there are items you want to buy but you don’t have room to store them. Make a list of the reasons why you are decluttering and then set short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal could be going through all your shoes. A long-term goal may be getting your closet ready for the next season. 

Be Gentle with Yourself

Going easy on yourself will make decluttering far easier. Don’t try to do too much at a time unless you absolutely feel like it. Don’t try to declutter if you feel stressed, upset, or angry about something. It’s also a good idea to treat yourself once you reach one of your short-term or long-term decluttering goals. Go out for a special meal, watch your favorite movie, or splurge on something you’ve been saving for.

Get Expert Help

A closet company such as Closet & Storage Concepts of Philadelphia and South Jersey can help you create a custom storage solution to store your wardrobe with ease. Once you know what you want to keep and what to discard, you can enjoy designing your dream closet and take full advantage of all that it has to offer. While it’s certainly not easy to declutter a closet after extended periods of neglect, the result is well worth the effort.

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