How to Clean Out Your Closet For the New Year

Cleaning out your closet may not be the most exciting thing to do, but it's necessary for many reasons. For starters, you can declutter and organize your closet for easier access and less stressful mornings. You'll also get rid of any clothes that don't fit or are damaged beyond repair! Finally, cleaning out your closet is a good way to start fresh in the new year by organizing what you have and getting rid of unwanted items. Follow these steps below to clean out your closet this January!

Go through each piece of clothing in the closet. If it doesn't fit or you haven't worn it within the past year, get rid of it! Don't hold onto items that you simply don't like either, donate them so another person can enjoy them.

Sort through your closet by putting unwanted items into two piles: "donate" and "sell/trade". You can donate your unwanted items to the local thrift store so that they can go to a new home. Or, you can utilize sites or apps like Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, or Depop to sell your clothes and make a little extra money! Plato's Closet is also a great place to take your lightly worn clothes to sell your clothes or you can trade them in for new clothes for a new wardrobe this year!

After taking out the clothing you want to donate or sell,  create sections of your closet by type. You can have a section for dresses, tops, tank tops, jackets, etc. This will help you when it comes time to put together an outfit. Then, you can organize each section by color to create a beautiful, color-coordinated closet!

Hang clothes that are seasonally appropriate in your closet. For instance, hang all of your winter coats and sweaters together during the colder months. Take out items that you won't wear for the season (such as swimsuits or shorts) and store them in a 'summer' box or vacuum-sealed storage bag to save space in the closet.

If you have a lot of accessories (belts, scarves, hats, etc.), find a storage solution that will keep them organized and together. This may mean installing some shelves or hooks inside your closet. This will make getting dressed and accessorized much easier since you can see everything hanging and organized.

Add closet dividers to separate your clothes by type (such as dresses, skirts, etc.) or color. This will make it easier for you to find what you're looking for! You can find closet dividers online or at the store.

Cleaning out your closet can be a daunting task, but it's definitely worth it in the end. Follow these simple steps and you'll be able to organize your closet in no time! Not only will this make getting dressed easier, but you'll also have more space for storage.

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