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5 Simple Closet Cleaning Tips

Logan's closet at the ranch house. Clutter central.


Over the Thanksgiving holiday Logan and I cleaned out his closet at the ranch. It was filled with lots of excess stuff and we donated 99% of the items to the thrift store.

A majority of the items had been sitting in the closet for years collecting dust. I have to take responsibility for some of the clutter. I was storing my old ski’s and bo0ts at the ranch; in addition to our wedding china. I was so happy to donate these items and all of Logan’s extra stuff.

I hope someone else will be able to use the skis, china and clothing.

If you want to clean out your closet, below are a few tips that might help.

1. Take everything out of the closet.

2. Sort your stuff into a few piles. Items you’re considering keeping, a donation pile and a pile for non-salvageable, non-recyclable trash.

3. Items that should be salvaged for recycling include old papers, cardboard, lumber, and plastic, just to name a few examples Only trash items as a last resort. Our landfills are growing at an exponential pace.

4. Make time for a thrift store run.

5. Call the thrift store in advance. Make sure the store will accept your donations.

Clearing the clutter out of your life is a beautiful feeling.

Clutter goes to the thrift store

Too much stuff...

Do you have any closet cleaning tips to add? Leave a comment and share your thoughts…

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  • Simpler Living December 8, 2009, 5:32 am

    Great tips. Please tell me you kept the LL Bean duck boots. That’s the only thing I regret giving away last year!


    • Tammy December 8, 2009, 6:50 am

      @Naomi – Yup. Logan kept the boots. He needs them when we stay at the ranch during winter. It gets pretty muddy out, especially if he has to feed the cows. In addition to boots, Logan kept his cowboy hat, a beanie and a jacket.

      I discovered my old down jacket and was so excited! It will be perfect for Portland.

      I was giving him a hard time when we cleaned out the closet…saying he “claimed” to be under 100 Things. In reality he had a secret closet full of clutter – old stuff from high school and college. Logan said during the moving process, “Honey! I’m 31 and finally moving out!” LOL. 🙂

  • Shanyne December 8, 2009, 7:33 am

    Tammy – thanks for the great tips. Timely for me as we are entering the year of the de-clutter @ my house :o)
    The only thing I would add relates to clothes… if you haven’t worn it in a year or, worse yet, it still has the tags on it – give it away!!

  • Liz December 8, 2009, 11:26 am

    Oh yes this is wonderful advice. The closet in our apartment is in dire need of this!!

  • Allison December 8, 2009, 12:05 pm

    Thanks, this is just the motivation I needed to tackle my closet full of miscellaneous crap!

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