A 30-day clothes decluttering challenge may be the answer if you are wondering how to declutter too many clothes, and you aren’t sure where to start. It’s time to declutter your closets and clothes with this monthly decluttering challenge!
Don’t forget to download the FREE 30 day clothes decluttering challenge PDF found at the bottom of the post.
Make decluttering clothes less work
Going through your own clothes can be a challenge that makes you want to give up before you even get started.
I know. It happened to me several times when I first started decluttering, and I was dragging my feet for months on going through my clothes after a job change.
Even more than my own clothes, I HATE working through my kids’ clothes. I have two girls, one year apart and one to two sizes apart.
Every season or growth spurt I have to lock myself in their room and go through the outgrown clothes, store them for the younger one, or figure out a way to consign or give away the ones the younger one has outgrown.
It. Is. Work. Like a lot of it. I avoid it with all my being too, as I get no joy from it. Anyone with me?
School is about to start back for my kids. Every year, I have a mild panic moment when I realize we need to buy more clothes for them. I mean, they already have so many clothes.
How on earth am I supposed to make room for more?! What am I to do with the ones I am cleaning out?
Don’t even get me started on the time constraints. Who has time to declutter closets with the start of school, work, and other activities?
Why you need to declutter your closet
You know that feeling you get when you move into a new house, see an empty closet space, and think this space is HUGE?
Then, you move in, load all your clothes inside, and before you know it, you can’t squeeze another hanger in or cram another item on the shelf.
Decluttering brings more than space. It brings a sense of calm.
Decluttering makes your mornings easier. No more sifting through clothes to find the same outfits you always wear.
No more feeling frumpy, too big, or uncomfortable in the clothes you want to like but really don’t enjoy.
No more staring at wasted money from buying clothes simiply because they are on sale but don’t really suit your style or preferences.
Delcuttering your closet gives you peace.
How to declutter your clothes fast
Give yourself 20 minutes a day.
You may be thinking you want to declutter your clothes in just one day. You can. Decluttering your closet at super-fast speeds is totally possible. It’s hard work though.
A divide and conquer approach may be the best way to purge your closet and make it a whole lot less stressful.
That’s why this month, I’ve broken down closet decluttering tasks into quick, daily tasks that should take you no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Grab a coffee (or your beverage of choice), and get started!
I’ve always said decluttering and organizing is like working out. You don’t always want to do it, but you sure feel better when you are done. I bet you can find 20 minutes!
You can wake up an extra half hour, grab a quick few minutes after dinner or anytime in between.
Tackle the kid stuff first (before school starts or while they are on a break)
I front-loaded the downloadable decluttering calendar printable with kid stuff, so you can get it done before school has started or is too far underway.
No kids? Don’t let that stop you! Skip ahead to the tasks on your list and mark them off when done.
How to sort through clothing when decluttering
This clothes decluttering challenge helps you take a massive task and break int into small, actionable steps you can take each day.
When sorting through clothing in this decluttering challenge, work through each category of items…one at a time.
When you are working through the clothes category, work through the ENTIRE category. Don’t leave anything out, even if it means going through those clothes spread out through multiple closets or in storage bins.
Be ruthless when decluttering clothes
Learn how to be ruthless when decluttering your clothes.
Touch every single piece in your closet. If you don’t touch it, you aren’t giving the item the time it takes to actually make a decision.
It’s too easy to skip over something you think you want to keep, but if you were to actually pick it up (or even try it on), you may make a different decision.
Declutter clothes that are too big, too small, make you feel frumpy, or are simply worn out.
You deserve to feel fantastic in your clothes!
Give yourself grace
If you get behind in this clothes decluttering challenge, don’t stress out. It’s just clothes and stuff. You will get there.
Be ruthless when decluttering your clothes. Be honest.
If guilt is something you are struggling with, check out my post on exploring the guilt we have associated with our stuff. It may help you work through some of those emotions.
Let me know how it goes! I’m so excited to see what we accomplish this month!
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Download your free 30-day clothes decluttering calendar PDF and clean out your closets and your kids’ closets fast!
Day 1: Kid Socks
Day 2: Kid Underwear
Day 3: Kid Tops
Day 4: Kid Bottoms
Day 5: Kid Pajamas
Day 6: Kid Shoes
Day 8: Create a Kid Clothes Storage System
Day 9: Your Socks
Day 10: Donate / Sell / Give Away
Day 11: Your Tops
Day 12: Your Bottoms
Day 13: Your Active Wear
Day 14: Your Underwear
Day 15: Your Pajamas
Day 16: Your Shoes
Day 17: Create a Shoe Organization System
Day 18: Create a Lost Sock System
Day 19: Repair Clothing Needing Mending
Day 20: Swimsuits
Day 21: Scarves, Hats and Other Accessories
Day 22: Organize / Store Accessories
Day 23: Jewelry
Day 24: Create a Jewelry Organization System
Day 25: Create Your Capsule Wardrobe
Day 26: Special Occasion Clothes
Day 27: Clear / Organize Closet Shelves
Day 28: Clear / Organize Closet Floors
Day 29: Declutter Hangers
Day 30: Create a Seasonal Storage System
Day 31: Donate / Sell / Give Away