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Are you ready to take on decluttering a closet in your home and in your mind?

Posted by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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How to Get High Cleaning Your Closet

by Sheri Reed

closet chair

Photo by Sheri Reed

Yep, high as a kite from decluttering my closet and nothing more. This is good stuff. It's all natural. C'mon and take a hit...

I love to organize, sort, and purge my things. It makes me happy. I've known this since I was a girl — something about putting everything in its place and getting rid of the old and unused makes me giddy inside.

I have some good, simple rules to follow while closet cleaning. I ask myself:

  • Have you worn this in the past year?
  • Do you feel good when you wear this article of clothing?

Then I look at all the black T-shirts, white button-ups, and other basics I think I need to hang onto and ask myself again:

  • Have you worn this in a year?

If I answer "No" to any of these questions, then the item gets bagged and donated.

Of course, I had no idea that closet cleaning could get even better than this. As I said yesterday, I'm reading Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project. In Chapter 1 of Gretchen's book, she covers closet cleaning (her words, "If you need to self medicate, clean a closet"), and she includes two brilliant questions that I could add to my closet cleaning rule sheet. Yippee!

I read this advice on the plane and could barely contain myself from cleaning out my closet when I got home (I waited until morning). With the addition of Gretchen's two simple questions, I could visualize half my closet emptying out — and the pure joy of letting all that unnecessary crap go!

Gretchen advises us to ask some questions similar to mine above PLUS these winners:

  • Am I keeping this item because I have buyer's remorse?
  • Should I wear this item?

Say goodbye to that blouse I ordered online that makes me look like I'm wearing a ruffled tablecloth. Sayonara UGLY oversized T-shirts I've been wearing to bed for years. Later adorable sandals I got on sale but that squeeze my toes into fat sausages in the summertime. So long oversized cutoff sweats I might wear to garden sometime. Good riddance jeans two sizes too big that I hold onto for my "fat" days.

Even better than the physical stuff, I could let go of the GUILT of buyer's remorse (I had the best intentions when I purchased you, but I'm just not that into you). And I could give myself permission to dress the best I can ALL the time — even in the garden and especially when I get into bed with my husband (he did admit to having a small attachment to one of the ugly T-shirts but gave his acceptance to let it go in the end).

Gretchen talks a lot about the importance of decluttering our minds — and simplifying your life and your closet does this in more ways than you can imagine.

I had my husband go through his clothes and shoes too, and now we can fit a little chair for shoe-tying/buckling/strapping in our closet (see above).

Oh yeah, this is the good stuff. Way good.

Are you ready to take on decluttering a closet in your home and in your mind? I want to hear all about it if you take the steps herein.

by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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SassyWildflower
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I hate thinking about going through the closets. LOL

rocamom
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Yes.... once the kitchen is done I'm going to do some more decluttering and organizing.
Kaci
by Kaci on Aug. 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM
can I just do it in my mind? lol
hugss
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by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I need to do this so badly
::blush::

Linds2Horse
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:08 AM
This past Christmas break I cleaned out my closet, our linen closet, and my son's bedroom. In June I cleaned out my garage. It's such a rewarding feeling thought its all I get done. The rest of my house looks bad when I'm in a cleaning frenzy.
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Linds2Horse
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:14 AM
Oh, I forgot to add I reorganized my kitchen cupboards too
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