30-Day Organize-athon | Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet

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Welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon!

In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to express-clear the hanging part of your closet.

Take a deep breath as you imagine inhaling a sense of clarity, freedom and order, and off we go!

Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet

Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.

Step 2: Open up the hanging part of your closet and, quickly scanning your clothes from left to right, toss into the bag anything that:

  • Doesn’t fit
  • Feels scratchy or unpleasant against your skin
  • Is in a shape that doesn’t suit you
  • Is in a color that doesn’t suit you
  • Has a neckline or hem length that doesn’t suit you
  • Has negative memories or associations
  • Is tatty
  • Has been worn too many times
  • Is tragically out of fashion
  • Is not your style any more
  • Makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy
  • Hasn’t been worn in the past 12 months.

Step 3: Do a second scan, left to right, for anything that needs repair, alteration or laundering. If you know you’ll never get around to the repair, alteration or dry cleaning, then pop these items straight into your first bag. Otherwise, put them aside for later attention.

Step 4: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the car. (Take it to the charity store or tip as soon as you can. Really good stuff should go to charity, but let junk go.)

And you’re done!

Got an Extra 5 Minutes?

  1. Notice what’s still in your closet – the styles, colors and shapes that suit you – and make a note to buy more if you need them.
  2. Notice what you’ve decided to ditch – the styles, colors and shapes that don’t work for you – and make a What Not To Wear list to avoid future fashion faux pas.
  3. Tidy your clothes and straighten your hangers.

Now aren’t you looking forward to getting dressed?

The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra

Move fast. Don’t overthink. Let it go!

Start the 5-minute timer now.

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See you back here tomorrow!

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415 thoughts on “30-Day Organize-athon | Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet

  1. Gayle says:

    Cleaned out my hanging clothes today. Some things I’d hung onto for 16 years out of sentimentality, and some because I keep thinking I’ll wear those expensive clothes again *soon* after I lose some weight. Four years now, so out they went. As per the lesson, grabbed them up and went STRAIGHT to Goodwill. That felt GOOD.

  2. Clarence Bale says:

    Nice one, just to add up. Another tip on how to organize a closet is to separately store off-season items in your closet in a different place. You can put these in plastic bins in the attic or in your basement.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Done! I went through both mine and my husband’s side. I know what he doesn’t wear and what he won’t miss. 🙂

  4. Jenny Weigel says:

    I realize now that I have been holding on to clothes that I wore before I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. It was healing for me to let go of the clothes but more important to move forward emotionally. And the closet looks great1

  5. Rae says:

    OK I did it. Was easy because it is laundry day and I really do not wear the things left hanging in my closet. It made it really easy to eliminate the things I always pass up when looking for something to wear. Feeling good.

  6. Caroline Wade says:

    Done 🙂 I have to admit I had a hard time letting go of some clothes (I actually saved them to sew into something else because I loved the fabric) I’m thinking I should go through my closet one more time. I can already see how getting dressed will be easier.

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