It’s time to declutter your closets and clothes with the August monthly decluttering challenge!
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 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?
Give yourself 20 minutes a day
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)
I front-loaded the downloadable calendar 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.
Give yourself grace
If you get behind, don’t stress out. It’s just clothes and stuff. You will get there.
Be ruthless. Be honest. Remember why you want to declutter and organize. You will feel such a weight lifted. I promise the hard work will be worth it.
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 August Decluttering Calendar and clean out your closets and your kids’ closets!
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 29: Declutter Hangers
Day 28: Clear / Organize Closet Floors
Day 30: Create a Seasonal Storage System
Day 31: Donate / Sell / Give Away