5 Different Solutions to Fix Your Cluttered Closet

While having a minimal wardrobe full of clothes you actually love is an ideal scenario, many of us do not have that as our reality. Whether you have too many sentimental items like old sweatshirts or tourist T-shirts or clothing that no longer fits, sometimes our closets and dressers just get a little bit too full.

However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling that overstuffed wardrobe. Instead of trying to create a panacea for your clothing woes, here are five different strategies for a variety of different problems that could be the culprit for your clutter.

The KonMari Method

The concept behind this method that garnered author Marie Kondo number one slots on bestseller lists everywhere isnít an overly complex or grand thought process. Instead, it requires asking yourself whether individual items in your life ďspark joy.Ē Kondoís method gives very human qualities to your things. Her tactics ask you to give respect to your clothing by storing and appreciating them properly.

This would be an ideal closet clean-out scenario for someone who feels like they have too many clothes, but nothing to wear. Using this tactic in your closet may require a combination of different approaches; however, the basic idea is to go through each item and honestly decide if it brings you joy. If seeing an item on the hanger every day does nothing but stress you out because of the space youíre losing, it’s a good sign that it’s time for it to go. Furthermore, utilizing Kondoís method will also give you tips on how to store the clothes you do want to keep.

The 3-7-14 Rule

If you enjoy shopping and fashion, this rule may be the one for you. Rather than focusing solely on getting rid of the clothes that you already own, this rule helps to cut back on things you want to return but never end up getting around to it. Costume designer Jenn Rogien of Orange is the New Black came up with the idea behind the 3-7-14 rule.

The concept is simple: if you arenít excited enough to wear something within three days, it probably isnít destined to become one of your favorite items. If you havenít worn an item in seven days and it is still sitting in your closet with the tags on, be sure to return it within 14.

ďIf you buy something and you haven’t worn it in three days, it’s unlikely you’re going to wear it. If you weren’t that excited to wear it the next day, you weren’t that excited to wear it to begin with,” Rogien told Glamour magazine.

The Hanger Trick

If you are having a hard time sorting through what you want to get rid of but donít feel like you have the time to do a full-scale closet clean out, this is perfect for you.

All this strategy requires is turning hangers over a certain period of time. A month or longer will give you a better idea of what you are using most regularly. After you wear an item, simply turn the hanger to face the other way when you put it back in your closet. If most of your items are stored in dresser drawers instead of on hangers, you can adapt this by dedicating a drawer to your worn items and the others to the items you donít wear.

After you have done this for a decent amount a time, a pattern will emerge. There will be some pieces that you hardly wore and some that are on heavy rotation. Obviously, there is an exception here for very formal or specific clothing. Other than that, consider getting rid of anything you donít wear within your set aside time period.

The Capsule Wardrobe

This method is great for those seeking to up the ante on their style or organization but want to do so with a thoughtful and long-term approach. The basic idea of a capsule wardrobe is to build on a small number of core pieces that carry you from season to season.

There is no perfect number of essentials, especially if your work clothes look nothing like what you wear in more casual scenarios. Ideas such as Project 333 are a great starting point. The number in Project 333 comes from the fact that you utilize 33 items of clothing for 3 months. If you live somewhere with crazy transitional weather or want a shorter commitment, you can do something more along the lines of the 30×30 remix where you wear 30 items for 30 days.

Creating a capsule wardrobe automatically makes you separate out your favorite items. More than likely, youíll find that even within your capsule wardrobe you rely more heavily on some pieces than others. However, capsule wardrobes are useful mainly for those who are already interested in fashion and style rather than someone who is mainly looking to get rid of clutter in their closet. Which brings me toÖ

The Get-it-Done

If you canít stand to look at your cluttered racks and overstuffed drawers any longer, this is where you should start. Set an entire weekend aside and plan to work steadily on this project. It helps to have an honest friend there for some fun and support. It may seem like a fairly easy task at the onset, but getting caught up in the sentimental value and ďWhat ifísĒ of clothing can make this exhausting.

First, take every single item out of your closet and dressers. If you have clothing or shoes stored in other rooms, gather those as well. Donít forget your lounge or athletic clothes, which are sometimes the worst culprits. In a well-lit room with a full length mirror, try on everything. Make four piles: keep, sell, fix and donate.

You should keep something if you know you love it and wear it regularly. Those are usually the easiest to pick out. After that, if something is brand name but you have hardly worn it, put it in the sell pile. Most cities have consignment stores that offer a low cash value for your clothing, or you can try your hand at selling clothing online.

If you like something but it doesnít fit as well as it could, put it in the fix pile. However, if you donít manage to take it to a tailor within the week, it should go into the donate or sell pile.

Lastly, things that arenít too worn out but arenít a brand name should go in the donate pile. Consider donating to a local shelter to make sure your clothes actually get used rather than sold to a third party or recycled.

You will notice that I donít include a trash pile. If there are items that are too worn to donate in good conscience, try upcyling them into useful things for your home. Many cities also have recycling centers for textiles, which you can find using the tool at Earth 911.

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