First, we’ll let you in on a little secret. You know those gorgeous closets that seem to have so much room? Your closet can look like that! When you declutter your closet, giving each item its own space, the results are truly incredible. This is the third closet-focused challenge of the MVMT 14 Bags in 14 Days Decluttering Challenge and it’s a doozy, so you get to do this for Days 6 AND 7.
Tamara Richardson, Vice President of People’s and Founder of MVMT with Tamara Donnelle, offers this advice:
“Play music and make your bed before you get started with the closet. Trust me! Nothing says I’m about the business more than a crisply made bed.”
Here are her other great tips for making space in your closet:
DECLUTTER YOUR CLOSET WITH A TIMER
If you are tackling the job in parts, think about what is reasonable for each shelf, section, or category of clothing. Remember, you only have two days for this challenge (and we’re sure you have other things to do during the day as well)! Tamara recommends 10 minutes per drawer and 15 minutes per hanging section.
However, if you would prefer to see all of your clothing at once, Marie Kondo-style, set a timer for the entire process of sorting into trash, donate, sell and keep piles. Tamara recommends 60 minutes for this entire process so that you do not have time to rationalise keeping items that are no longer “sparking joy”.
Remember, ripped, stained, tattered and faded clothes go in the bin. Items that are in otherwise good condition but are ill-fitting, gifts that were never your style, or items that once were your style but don’t fit in with your evolving taste should be donated or sold. You should be left only with garments that are in great condition, look wonderful on you, and reflect your current personal style.
PUT LIKE WITH LIKE
Now that you have purged the items that are no longer working for you anymore, it’s time to examine what’s left. Group items together so you can see how many you have of each type of clothing. Do you somehow have 18 pairs of jeans? Think about how many jeans you’ll actually wear (hint: if you haven’t worn them in the past year, you probably won’t in the next year either) and how much space you have.
Once you’ve decided on what you’re keeping, put them back into your closet in groups. This helps with visual appeal in addition to deciding what to wear. If you hang up most of your clothes, a helpful trick is to turn all of your hangers backwards and then, when you wear an item of clothing, turn the hanger the right way around. At the end of the year, you can easily see which garments you’ve worn.
With similar items together, you can take it a step further and organise your closet by colour. So, for example, all blouses are hanging together and they start from white on one end, going to cream, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, brown, grey and black on the other end. This makes it so easy to match outfits in the morning (or the night before, if you’re super organised)!
Congratulations! You’ve filled up your sixth and seventh bags of the MVMT 14 Bags in 14 Days Decluttering Challenge!