How I Instantly Declutter My Closet With This Simple Step

One of the biggest deterrents to decluttering is finding the time to do it! Here is How I Instantly Declutter My Closet With This Simple Step!

Over the past year here on The Eco Hub, I have covered a lot of stories related to decluttering both my home and my closet, and the biggest feedback I have gotten from you my readers is finding the time to actually declutter is hard.

I get it takes time to go through a kitchen cupboard or a drawer in your home, it can seem like a very overwhelming task. It’s a big reason why we tend to put off decluttering altogether and end up hoarding it instead.

This got me thinking, how can we make this more doable for people?

This past summer I got to chat with Sarah Peel from Citizenne, she came to my house to teach me how to shop my closet; we filmed a really cute video on the process too.

We had a few boxes on the bed to help us sort out what I was going to keep and what I was going to donate.

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How I Instantly Declutter My Closet?

After she left, I kept a small basket at the bottom of my closet for clothes I was not wearing or just did not want anymore but were just hanging in my closet.

After a few months, the box was filled with clothing that was ready to be donated. This simple practice has eliminated the hours I would need to put aside to do a full closet purge.

If you have kids this is a great way to get rid of clothes that don’t fit them anymore. If they try it on and it does not fit, it goes in the box. After a few months, you will have a full box ready for donation.

You can do this in any room of the house, not just the bedroom/closet. If you come across something in your home that you know you don’t want, simply place it in the box, when it’s full, it's ready to go!

This is a super-simple way to approach what can feel like a monumental task. But it's also an exercise in mindful consumption. We are buying way too much stuff, shopping for vintage, secondhand, or thrift is a great way to reduce your impact. You can also think about how to create a capsule wardrobe by only shopping for secondhand clothes. Or even how to find affordable ethical clothing on a budget.

But I think the most important aspect of greening your closet is to understand and ask yourself what is sustainable and ethical fashion anyway?

And it's also about buying less. The fashion industry is producing 90 billion garments per year and we are buying them up faster than they can make them. On average we are buying 62 new items every year and paying less, sometimes half, than we were ever before. And to make matter worse about 18 of the 62 items we buy never even get worn! I am so guilty of this. ☹️

Those unworn garments make up almost 1.7 billion items. Obviously, this is not sustainable at all. Ethical fashion costs more money and is not accessible to everyone. In her book CHEAP, Ellen Ruppell says "cheap objects resist involvement. We tend to invest less in their purchase, care, and maintenance and that's part of what makes them so attractive. We have grown to accept and relish the easy birth and easy death of objects."

It's why fast fashion exists!

What do you think of this technique? Is this something you would consider doing?

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  1. I grow weary seeing conflicting messages of “instant” fixes on “sustainable” promotional sites.
    It seems that it is instant gratification that gets many of us into the situation of over abundance.
    With that being said, I have been practicing this method for many years now, of forward thinking and collecting items that are no longer serving a purpose for me or my household but could very well find a purpose for someone else. It is a refreshing feeling to donate and consider that these items can be reused or repurposed and not become landfill fodder.

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      Candice Batista


      Thank you for your comment Cher. This is not a sustainable promotional site. I’ve been living this way for 20 years and use this blog to help people make better choices so they can tread a little lighter on the planet.
      You are so right it feels great to give things we once loved a new home instead of just trashing them,
      wishing you all the best,

      1. Dear Candice, 20 years is a commendable dedication to a more thoughtful lifestyle of consideration regarding our planet. Im sure it has taken making choices that are sustainable in the long run. Thanks for sharing. Blog on…

  2. Great tip, Candice. I do this too but I use shopping bags, especially the fabric ones that stores give out because I have WAAAY too many bags. I also use good plastic bags from shops. I don’t like to donate things in garbage bags.

    Funny though, my bags fill up really fast! I make at least one trip per month to Goodwill. I think I may have too many things incoming. Got to work on that!

  3. This is actually a great tip which I’ve never thought of, but it totally makes sense. I’m always finding things and thinking “I should get rid of that when I clean out my closet,” but then it never goes anywhere!

      1. I do this with a small hamper that I keep beside my main laundry bag. Anything the kids have outgrown, along with the clothes I put on but never end up wearing! I can’t say I never fish articles out before donating, but it makes a huge difference in the time it takes to declutter overall!