How I {Finally} Conquered Closet Clutter!

Happy Wednesday Friends! At last, we have fall weather here in Texas and it seems every time the seasons change, I vow to give my clothing closet a much needed purge.  Unfortunately as I've shared before, closet organization can be a challenge for me...

Conquer closet clutter
Am I the only one or can you relate? Last January, I set out on a mission to conquer clutter in my home, once and for all!   Armed with the fresh motivation a new year brings, I reorganized my Christmas storage and turned another cluttered closet into an office nook for Etsy shipping.  While I was pleased with the results from these projects, my momentum slowed down indoors as the demands of the garden took over outdoors.  By July, I realized the year was more than half over and both my pantry and laundry room were in desperate need of some attention.  I gave each a makeover and just in time, before my house was flooded by a burst kitchen hose in August! Despite the lengthy process of cleaning up after the flood, I have managed to keep the clutter conquered with the exception of one closet--my clothing closet in the master bedroom.  With the need to accommodate some thicker, warmer clothing and barely a few months left in the year, I decided the time had come! So here's where I began, with this overcrowded jumble....

Store out of season clothing

First, I removed all of the clothes that were no longer in season and stored them in under the bed garment bags.  

Store unseasonal items

Next, came the hardest part for me...P-U-R-G-E!  I don't know why I always have the thought, "But, I might wear that again...!"  This time, I answered myself, "Nope, you haven't worn it--it goes!"  Can you picture me talking to myself in my bedroom?! I was just weary enough of the mess and lack of organization that I was ruthless. I divided the clothes into two groups: consign for resale or donate.  By the time this is posted, the donation bags will be donated and I hope to have an appointment with the consignment shop! 

Purge, Consign or Donate

I probably removed a third of my wardrobe and I probably still have more than I need. My plan is to remove an item anytime I add something new. As I sorted, I organized by color.  My friend Carly, who is a rock star when it comes to clothing organization always does this, but I never have.  She will be proud of me and I am feeling pretty good about starting the holiday season with an organized wardrobe! 

Organize by color

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  1. Great job! Purging is liberating, isn't it? :) ~Rhonda

  2. I recently did this as well and it feels great. Now if I could just do it in the basement, I'd be set! ;)

  3. Fortunately, our frequent moving forces me to keep my side of the closet organized and clutter-free. If I could just get the hubster to do this, it would be great! Hugs!!

  4. Looks great Cecilia. When we remodeled our closet, I found that sorting by color, and having matching hangers hanging in one direction, made a world of difference. Love your storage cases too.
    Audrey Z.

  5. Great work, you go, girl! I just started organizing my closet in colors. It really helps... used to place "outfits" together but I found that I wasn't following my own sets! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. What a great feeling it is to purge and organize! I have big plans for conquering clutter after the holidays.

  7. Hi Cecilia it always makes me feel better when my closet it cleaned out, I have a tendency just stack things in my closest and then find a place for it later. lol Seeing your post gives me the nudge to do it again. Your look great. I do color coordinate my clothing it really helps when I need to grab something quick some people say that I'm quirky but it works for me. Have a lovely day! Hugs, Jo

  8. I probably only wear half of my closet and I have another upstairs full. I even have larger pants in case I gain weight back. Not happening so I think I need to get rid of those! I am making some progress though....I got rid of a lot of work clothes and I haven't worked outside the home in 19 years!

  9. Heck, I am still working on one room! It is supposedly going to be my crafting/photography work area, but not going as well as I want. I have yet to make it to the closets, 4 rooms of closets, where I piled things when I moved here in Nov last year!

  10. Good for you!
    Ok, you have motivated me to go through my clothes. I need to put away the seasonally stuff and I think I will try the sort by color trick. Maybe that will help!


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