Day 20 - Your Clothing {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 20 - Your Clothing {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day 20 - Your Clothing {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Have you ever felt overwhelmed during the month of December with all the stuff that enters your home? The trick I've found helps me is to declutter throughout the month. Will you join me in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge?

Each day this month I'll share some decluttering tips and ideas so you can end the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with.

Today I'm sharing tips on decluttering your clothing.

Today's Suggested Decluttering Task

You've already decluttered your kids' clothing and now you get to go through yours!  You can include any other adults in your home too if they're willing to participate in your Net Zero Clutter efforts.  And you don't have to stick to just clothing... if you've got lots of accessories, jewelry, etc. you can declutter those!

Here are a few tips for decluttering clothing:

  • Donate any clothes that are the wrong size (don't keep those you're hoping to fit back into... it's just a constant reminder that overwhelms you and makes you feel guilty for not being that size anymore... who needs that?!)
  • Give away anything that you don't feel fantastic in 
  • Let go of clothing that needs to be repaired unless you're planning to fix it in the next few days (it will just become a pile taunting you from your closet every day... don't put yourself through that!)
  • Declutter items that you have many multiples of (unless that's your wardrobe strategy and you only have a limited selection)
  • Purge clothes you haven't worn in a year (there's usually a reason for that... and why make your closet so packed full of clothes you don't actually wear?!)

That should leave you with a wardrobe with clothes you love, feel good in, and that fit!

I've shared lots of tips on decluttering clothing in previous posts so I don't want to re-invent the wheel here... check out these posts for more tips!

And tons of posts in the 31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers series for clothing and accessories

Decluttering My Clothing

I declutter my clothing on an ongoing basis, but especially when I swap out my summer and winter clothing in the fall and spring.  I gave away some clothes earlier this fall so I'm set for now.  I'll see what I get as gifts for my birthday (tomorrow!) and Christmas and see if I need to purge a few things.

My Progress in the #NetZeroClutter challenge

No pictures, but I decluttered 2 mason jars on Friday when we gave gifts in a jar to my daughter's teacher and to our carpool partner.  One item entered our home on Friday evening... a program from a hockey game we went to (my son wanted to keep it with his other sports memorabilia).  And 2 new Star Wars t-shirts that were gifts before we saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday :)
So that puts me at +1 items today in the #NetZeroClutter challenge and -301 overall.  I'm hovering around my original goal of 300 and I'm pretty happy with that.  

What's Next For You?

Take some time today to declutter your clothing.  Or anything you'd like to declutter!  Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you're doing in the challenge so I can cheer you on!

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each day's post in your email inbox every morning.  You can unsubscribe after the challenge is over if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.

I'd also love for you to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group as you do this challenge!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

So that's today's post in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I'm enjoying doing this challenge and I'm excited to have you join me.  I love hearing all the stories of how much more you're enjoying your holidays because you're not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

How many items of clothing did you let go of today?  How can you keep your closet and dresser from becoming cluttered?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!