Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a really amazing day! For this article, I decided to share some tips and tricks for cleaning out/organizing your closet space (so maybe that will encourage you to do some of your own cleaning!).

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The first thing you have to do before doing anything else is just taking a step back and sorting through what clothes you want to keep and which ones you want to donate/sell/throw away.

If anything is ripped or broken, stained to the point where it cannot be worn, or too small to fit you, get rid of it.

If you’re unsure of what to keep, first pick out the pieces you know you’re keeping. These would be clothes that you wear frequently, that still fit you, or are comfortable. You can always keep certain clothes like pajamas or home clothes if you want to keep it because of how comfortable it is, but you don’t want to wear it outside.

If you want to hog most of your clothes, claiming that you’ll wear it (like I do all the time), remember if you’ve worn it in the past year. If you haven’t, get rid of it. Another neat trick I’ve learned from somewhere (idk the source, sorry!) is to ask yourself, “If I were out shopping and I saw this, would I buy it?” If the answer to that is also no, get rid of it.

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When You Get Rid Of Your Clothes…

Always make sure you are getting rid of what you want to get rid of. It would be awful if you accidentally threw away the pile of clothes that you want to keep!

When you have the clothes you want to get rid of, you have three options: donate them, sell them, or literally stuff them into your garbage can. To be honest, I say your best option is donating your clothes, but all the others work fine too.

If you have clothes that are still in a wearable condition and look a lot like how it originally was (maybe you only wore it a couple of times), you could start selling your clothes online to make a little extra money. The app I use to sell my clothes is Poshmark (not sponsored lol) and it’s just really easy to use, so definitely check that out if you’re interested in selling your clothes.

If you’ve worn your clothes a generous amount of times, donating your clothes would be better (I mean, you could still sell them, but personally, I think it would be better to sell clothes that haven’t been worn a lot). Also, it’s just being a good person to give what you don’t need to people that do. Honestly, I still donate my clothes even if I try selling other things; it’s just good to find a balance of doing the two.

And lastly, if you have clothes that are absolutely horrendous, you should trash ‘em. If you like the whole edgy/ripped kinda vibe and your unintentionally broken clothes is something you would actually wear, by all means, keep it. But most of the time, it’s better to keep the clothes that are in the same condition as when you first bought it.

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Now that you know what clothes you’re going to be keeping, it’s time to know how to categorize everything and make the most of your space. Trust me when I say it kind of takes a lot of planning to know where you’re going to put everything. Over the past year so far, I’ve moved my t-shirts and jeans and sweatshirts to all different places, trying to find which would create the most space for all the things I have. So to keep you from pulling all your hair out trying to figure this out, I have a few tips that might just help you :)

Roll Your Clothes

I’m sure you guys have heard of this trick a ton, but it honestly is really good for storing clothes. If you have any lightweight items that fold easily, like t-shirts, tank tops, etc, you can try to roll them and it will save you a lot of space! Not to mention, it won’t get messy when you’re trying to get something from the bottom of a stacked pile and everything comes tumbling down. Yep, been there, done that.

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Stack Chunkier Items

If you have anything thicker or bulkier (honestly, I can’t describe this well lol), just fold them into stacks and store them that way. These things can include sweatshirts, sweaters, and jeans. They usually hold their form better and the wrinkle/fold lines won’t show up as well.

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Hang Delicates

With dresses and skirts and scarves, it’s best to hang them. You don’t want them to get wrinkled, and you can see the whole design and piece of clothing when you’re trying to find what you’re looking for.

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Hang Thick Jackets in the Back

Unless they are more fashion pieces, storing heavy winter jackets and vests in the back will just save you a lot of space in your closet. Also, it’s just way better than finding all your winter clothes clashing with your summer clothes.

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Use Velvet Hangers

This is something I really wish someone told me before I got to like the fifty pack of plastic hangers from Target. Your clothes usually slip off of plastic hangers. And oh God, my clothes still slip off my hangers and it’s so annoying, like I literally have to sandwich my clothes so tightly together that even if they did fall, they wouldn’t fall to the floor, and it’s just really annoying because literally every time I open my closet door, there will be a dress or romper or fancy shirt that is just lying there on the floor. Great, now that I got them out of the way, just get velvet hangers. Your clothes are going to stay on them and not slip and it’s just going to be better. You can thank me later.

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Use Hanger Space Wisely

Okay, think of it this way: would you rather hang up all your t-shirts but then have to stuff all your dresses/suits in a drawer or the other way around? I mean, I totally get the point of hanging up the clothes that you wear a lot, and if I had more closet space, I totally would do that too, but it just doesn’t really make sense to hang up your more casual clothes. Just remember that.

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Put Clothes You Wear More Often In The Front

It’s just so much easier in the morning when you’re picking your outfit in the morning to have clothes you wear a lot to be in the front/top.

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Use a Cork Board as a Jewelry Holder

I don’t have any jewelry holders and all the DIY ones on Pinterest are ones I can’t do, so instead, I just put my jewelry on a cork board. Honestly, though, it works really well, and they aren’t that expensive to get, so you’re good. Basically what I do is put the little tack things onto the board and then hang my necklaces and bracelets on them. I usually store my rings in a small box, and I don’t have my ears pierced anymore so earrings are out of the question, but if you have earrings, you could totally just stick them in (probably -- don’t quote me on that because I really don’t know).

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Put Small Purses/Wallets in a Bigger Bag

Maybe this works for you, maybe it doesn’t, but basically, I got lazy and so I just put all my wallets into one of my bigger bags and let me just say, it was a pretty good idea. You get to save space and you know where everything is, so it’s a win-win.

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That’s pretty much all of the tips I have for you guys today! I tried to make this longer and I spent a lot of time just racking my brain for any advice I can give you and this is pretty much it. If you have any suggestions, questions, comments, anything, my messages are always open so you can DM me! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

~ Caylie

This article was written by @dystopiaglory on the We Heart It Writers Team.