How to Quickly Declutter Your Closet: 5 Easy Steps

Declutter your closet today in 5 easy steps!

If you’ve struggled in the past to declutter your closet, you’ll want to try these easy, do-able steps.

It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. And it won’t take you all day.

I’ll walk you through 5 easy steps that will help you declutter your wardrobe, in as little as 15-20 minutes. Really!

Getting your home decluttered is about consistent progress. It ISN’T about perfection. Progress, not perfection.

The same thing applies to your wardrobe.

So don’t worry about completely overhauling your closet and creating the perfect capsule wardrobe right this minute (unless you have the time, energy, and motivation to do just that).

5 steps. 15 minutes. You can do this!

Ready to get started?

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How to Declutter Your Closet


Before you get started, grab 3 large bags: one for donations and two for items you will remove from your closet for now. I like to use white trash bags that I can label with a permanent marker.

Don’t get hung up on difficult to declutter pieces. If there are clothes that you never wear, but that you are not ready to get rid of, put them in a “maybe” bag for now. You can reconsider them down the road AND declutter your closet today.

Work quickly!


1. Quickly remove everything that you are ready to donate.

(3-5 minutes)

This can include: clothes that don’t fit, that you don’t like, and/or that you never wear anymore. Put these items in your donations bag.

WORK QUICKLY! This is your first pass through. Only pull out the things you definitely want to declutter. We’ll get to the harder stuff in a few minutes.


2. Pull out clothes that don’t fit right now, even if you are not yet ready to part with them.

(3-5 minutes)

Try to keep only a small number of clothes that don’t fit, favorites only, especially if these clothes haven’t fit for a while.

Don’t get hung up here. If you are struggling to let something go, just keep it for now.

I know this isn’t the advice you normally hear, but I want you to make progress quickly today.

Progress, not perfection, remember? When you look through this bag of clothes that don’t fit 3 or 6 months from now, you may be ready to get rid of more at that point.

Put these clothes that don’t fit, but that you want to keep for now, in the second bag. Label the bag.

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3. Take special occasion items that you rarely wear and put them at the far end of your closet.

(1 minute)

Since you rarely wear these special occasion pieces, move them off to the side.

Don’t keep more than you actually need and wear! This includes items you wear for weddings, funerals, holidays, and other special occasions.

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4. Pull out remaining pieces you haven’t worn in the past 12 months.

(5-10 minutes)

Lay them out on your bed. Ask yourself: “Am I ever REALLY going to wear this again?”. If the answer is no, put it in the donations bag. If the answer is “maybe”, put it in the 3rd bag, labeled “maybe/just-in-case.”

Again, don’t struggle with this. Just quickly make a decision. If you are struggling to let something go, keep it for now, and you can reconsider 3, 6, or 12 months down the road.

In the meantime, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a closet containing only the clothes that fit, that you like, and that you wear!

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5. Put away the three bags you filled.

Put the “clothes that don’t fit” bag and the “maybe/just-in-case” bag on a shelf in your closet or on the closet floor, if you have space. Otherwise, relocate these bags to another storage area.

Put the donations bag in your car to drop off at your most convenient thrift store.

Don’t overthink this. Don’t hold on to items for the perfect recipient. Drop your donations off at a convenient thrift store you like and move on with your life. Those donations will still bless others.

Your closet should be significantly decluttered now!

When shopping for new clothes, be very intentional:

  • Only buy pieces that fit well, that go with other items you already own, and that you love.
  • DON’T buy something just because it’s on sale, or cheap!


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Don’t let overwhelm stop you from getting started! Set a 15 or 20 minute timer, work quickly, and do as much as you can before the timer goes off!


When you’re done, you’ll be so glad you took a few minutes out of your day to declutter your closet.


You’ll reap the benefits every. single. morning. 


5 steps. 15 minutes. You’ve got this!

Make room for the good life.

Ready to declutter  your home?

Join the free 5-day Decluttered Life Challenge. I’ll help you finally create the clutter-free home you’ve wanted for so long, with an easy-to-stick-to decluttering method that even the busiest mom can follow!

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