How I Decluttered and Organized my Closet

organizing my closet
A couple of weeks ago I took on the task of decluttering and organizing my closet. I had been meaning to do this for the longest time but just looking at the mess was overwhelming. I realized that all the clutter and messiness was affecting my creativity. I have so many projects I need to get done for my upcoming wedding and sitting in a space filled with clutter was making me anxious.

Believe it or not, having an organized closet has felt like I have organized my mind. I think I’m a bit addicted. There are two other sections in my bedroom that I plan on decluttering soon and I’m actually looking forward to it.

The decluttering and organizing method I used I learned from Marie Kondo’s  book (which I’m sure you’ve heard of many times before), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I read this book when I was living with my parents and it’s been about two years since I moved to my own apartment so I needed a refresher on her methods and techniques.

[one_half]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo

This is the book I read that helped me get started on decluttering my closet. Marie Kondo lays out step-by-step how to simplify, organize and store your belongings. I definitely recommend you pick this up if you’re looking for methods and tips on simplifying and organizing your home.

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[one_half_last]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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Because I had a general idea of the concepts in her book, I  didn’t want to reread the whole thing again. So,  I looked up some youtube videos that explained the process. The two YouTubers that helped the most were Rachel Aust and Lavendaire. I even played Lavendaire’s tidying playlist in the background while I was cleaning and organizing to help me stay on task and it worked! I’m glad  I revisited the KonMari method because it’s made me realize how much having tidy surroundings affects my mood.

It took me about 4 hours to go through all the items in my closet and decide whether I was going to throw it out, keep it or donate. After I was left with only the items I wanted to keep, I took a look at my closet and visualized what type of storage containers I was going to need and headed to Target. I purchased exactly what I needed and started putting everything away. This worked out great because I finally gave everything in my closet a “home”. It’s been about 2 weeks since I organized my closet and it still looks as neat and organized as the first day.

Below I’ve listed a few benefits I’ve found after organizing my closet:

1. I’m wearing everything in my closet
2. Getting ready in the morning is so much faster because I know exactly where everything is
3. Tidying up and putting clothes away is easier because everything has a home
4. I’m spending less because I make sure I have a space to store any clothing item I purchase

Does having a neat space help you feel more creative?

 

Author: Amanda

Amanda graduated architecture school in 2012 with approximately $24k in student loans. Soon after, she financed a car a year later and ended up with a total of $40,000.00 in debt at the end of 2013. After being introduced to the Total Money Makeover book by Dave Ramsey she completely changed her views on personal finance and decided to stop borrowing money and focus on becoming debt free. She is Debt Free as of October 2017.

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