Hellooooo lovely people of the internet! Today I thought I would give you some of my cleaning wisdom (ahhh yes). Recently on my email list, I talked about my lack of motivation and so many of you guys related and asked me questions. So, I thought why not post my 8 foolproof steps to being more productive and motivated while cleaning your closet.
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Step 1: Find your motivation
Before you get into cleaning your closet, you need to ask yourself why you wanted to get started in the first place. What’s your motivation?
Was it because your closet is overflowing and you can’t find the items you need? Or because you have grown out of the majority of your clothing? What about because you wanted to become more minimal?
No matter what your motivation, remember that it is valid. There is no wrong reason why you start. Just the fact that you are starting is important and incredible. So give yourself a pat on the back because starting is the hardest part of this whole process.
There will be no perfect time to start, so don’t wait for one.
It is time to start right now.
Step 2: Carve out undisturbed time during the day
Cleaning your closet should be done in a day, that way you can get it over with. You might be shaking your head thinking you can’t do it all in one day, but yes you can. Before you click out of this post, just hear me out.
You don’t know how long your motivation will last, so take hold of it and ride the wave. Today might be the only day in the entire month that you feel motivated to complete this task. Don’t let that energy go to waste.
All you have to do is carve out a few hours to clean your closet. Today. Only a few hours. Trust me, you have time to spare.
Typically, it’ll take me around 2-3 hours if I’m being really productive (which you will be by the time you read this entire post).
Step 3: Get inspired by others
Now that you have found your motivation and carved out time to declutter your closet, you need to get inspired.
I find inspiration from looking, reading, and listening to multiple sources. For me this is watching Youtube videos of others organizing or cleaning, looking at Pinterest of cute bedrooms and aesthetic closets, watching an episode from the series, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix”, or reading the book version of this show.
Your motivation can and probably will be different from mine. Maybe you like to look at a sibling’s room for inspiration, listen to motivational TedTalks, or just imagine what the finished product will look like.
Step 4: Find your jam
Before you start cleaning, it is important to find something you can listen to. Noise will help you stay more focused and not feel like you are pulling teeth through this process (cleaning can sometimes be very draining).
Noise also makes cleaning a whole lot more fun.
My favorite things to listen to while cleaning is music, podcasts, or audiobooks. Make sure you wear headphones if you live with roommates, a partner, or family members.
My go-to podcasts are Intentional With Sedona Christina which is about sustainability, Call Me Candid which is just a fun girl chat podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy With Amy Porterfield, The Happiness Lab, Love Carly Allison a podcast from a fellow teen blogger, and Do It Scared With Ruth Soukup about blogging.
Listening to podcasts is so easy. You can access any of these podcasts on ApplePodcasts. They make the time pass so much quicker and continue to make me feel motivated.
Step 5: Start by discarding
It’s finally time to actually start weeding out the items in your closet that you no longer wear or like. First, take everything out, yes, I mean everything.
The number of clothes you have might seem overwhelming and probably shocking, but that’s good. This shock factor will motivate you, even more, to get rid of unwanted items.
Next, separate your clothes into piles on your bed by category (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, etc).
Then, go through and try on, hold, or just look at each individual item and ask yourself these 4 questions.
- When was the last time I wore this?
- Does it fit me?
- Do I like the style?
- When would I wear this in the future?
By asking these questions, you can narrow down what to keep and what to give away.
As you go through your clothing, separate them into 2 piles, keep and give away.
It might seem like you donating too many clothes, but if you answered all the questions above and found that you haven’t worn it for a year, it doesn’t fit you, you don’t like the style, or you wouldn’t wear it in the future, then don’t keep it!
These questions will help you keep what you actually wear and need and give away what you no longer wear. It is important that you don’t skip this step. You should only be keeping the clothing you wear and love.
Step 6: Organizing the clothes you love
Now that you have gone through and weeded out all of the clothes you don’t want to keep, it’s time to organize your clothes.
First, bring your items into the closet. Make sure to keep similar items together. That means all shirts should be grouped with shirts, dresses with dresses, and so on.
Then you are going to organize each category by color. For visual purposes, I like to create a rainbow. Starting at red and ending at black.
If you want your closet to look more cohesive then make sure to use the same type of hangers for all your hanging items. This will add a whole new look and feel to your clothing.
Step 7: Organizing your donations
Within your give away pile, organize clothing by category. Then, in each category count the number of items and write them down. For example, 15 shirts, 19 pants, 22 dresses.
Then, make sure to give this piece of paper to a parent because they can use it for tax deductions (AKA saving you money). Trust me, they will thank you for it. This might seem like too much extra work, but it’ll playoff in the long run.
After counting all of the clothing, put unwanted items in garbage bags. If you want an easier time carrying the bags, then make sure to use the smaller white garbage bags. These are much easier to carry down steps and keep off the ground than the large black ones.
Now that you have all of your donations together, it is time to donate to Goodwill or any other place that’ll accept donations in your area.
It is important to remember that you should not donate underwear! That is a mega no-no, trust me no one wants that. Unwanted underwear should be thrown away or given as a hand-me-down to a younger sibling, not donated.
Step 8: Celebrate
Wow! Congrats! You just did that! Be proud of yourself. Don’t be afraid to show off your hard work to your family members and take before and after pictures.
Getting the motivation to clean your closet can be a hassle and often take time, but now you are done and you can rest.
You should do something special for yourself like making a yummy treat or indulging in some self-care. For me, my favorite way to incorporate self-care is to do at-home yoga or have a spa night.
8 Foolproof Steps To Being More Productive And Motivated While Cleaning Your Closet:
- Find your motivation
- Carve out undisturbed time during the day
- Get inspired by others
- Find your jam
- Start by discarding
- Organizing the clothes you love
- Organizing your donations
When was the last time you cleaned your closet? What’s your favorite thing to listen to while cleaning?
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