A few months ago, I did a pantry clean out and it worked wonders for our nutrition, time management…and for my husband’s snacking habit.  I thought since it went so well, I could do another organization post…

This type of clean out is ALWAYS fun for me!  I get to see what’s been hiding and donate a decent amount of clothes (and sometimes shoes).  I even get to make more room for new items.  So how do I do it?  I start with the easiest task and work up to the harder ones.  Below is my action plan.  Take it, use it and let it help you find some sanity in your life.

Step 1:  Remove everything from the closet.

Yes, I mean everything.  All the clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.  Anything you have in the closet, take it out.  I leave everything on hangers and lay it all on the bed.  Stacked up.  The piles are usually pretty big and makes me realize just how many clothes I have.  The reason I want you to do this is because once everything is removed, you get a clear sense of the space you have available to you.  You’ll be able to get clarity on what you have to work with.  And you might decide you want to modify the layout.

Step 2:  Touch each piece.

Once everything is out of the closet, you’re going to look at the piles of clothes and you might be in shock.  I know I was the first time I did this.  Once I got past that, you can start to decide what pieces you want to keep.  Go slow.  Seriously.  If you go too fast in this step, you’re going to put things back too quickly and this whole process will be for nothing.  The reason you’re touching each piece is so you can feel it.  Feel how soft or stiff the garment is, feel how worn out or new the piece is and most importantly, feel what emotions come up for you when you hold the item.  When you do this, you allow yourself to determine if the item brings you joy or not.  Once you make those determinations then, and only then, you can move on step three.

Step 3:  Put each piece away backwards.

Now you’re going to think I’m totally losing it but trust me here.  Check out how I have it in my closet right now.  I encourage you to put the hangers in the closet backwards not to cause you trouble in the morning when you’re trying to get dressed, but to cause you to evaluate as the year goes on.  Putting the hangers backwards on the racks will be a physical display of how often you wear things.  As you choose pieces to wear, after washing them, put them back in the closet as you would normally.  With the hangers facing the right way.  Every six months, evaluate what is still backwards.  If it’s still backwards, go through Steps 1 and 2 again with those pieces.

Now what do you do with all the pieces you chose not to put back?  You donate them!  Find a local charity, Salvation Army or family that needs some extra pieces.

It will not only help your home feel cleansed, but your heart will feel good too!  And I bet you’ll be surprised what pieces you decide to toss that used to bring you happiness.