Picture this: You have a hot date tonight.

You’re going to one of the best restaurants in town and need an outfit that matches the vibes.

You open your closet and five shirts fall out. Your sweaters are piled high on top of your jeans. Not only can you not find your dress, but you also can’t even spot the color you’re looking for.

And where are your favorite wedges? Nowhere to be found.

And now you may be late for your date.

If this sounds like your life, it may be time to declutter and organize your closet. We’ve compiled a list of closet cleaning tips to help you get started.

Get Rid of Multiples

Odds are you have a few gray shirts, a couple of pairs of jeans, and a few of the same colored shorts. If you want to make more room in your closet and feel more organized, you need to get rid of the multiples.

Choose which gray shirt you like best. Keep just the one and donate the rest. The same applies to the rest of your clothes.

However, if you have multiple pairs of jeans because that’s what you wear to work, that’s an exception to the rule. You can keep multiples of those since you wear them often, just not too many!

Toss Your Stained Clothes

Are you guilty of staining a pair of your favorite pants and then putting them back in your closet? I think we’re all guilty of that.

We have an attachment to some of our favorites and not even a stain will make us get rid of that.

But it’s time that changes. If you go through your closet and find any stained or torn clothes, throw them out and don’t look back.

Say Goodbye to Clothes You Haven’t Worn in Over a Year

Ah, the excuse we tell ourselves over and over. We’ve all muttered, I’ll wear it at some point!

If you haven’t worn it in over a year, you’re not going to wear it. Either the fashion trends have changed or you truly just don’t like the article of clothing (even if you’ve tried to convince yourself otherwise because you feel bad you spent $30 on it a few years back and never wore it).

This applies to most articles of clothing except for a nice date dress or an interview outfit. You may need the dress for a wedding you’re going to attend in the future or the interview outfit to land your dream job!

Donate Clothes That Don’t Fit

You know those clothes you have stuffed into the deepest, darkest corner of your closet? The ones you think fit you weird or will grow on you as time goes on? Yeah, those.

News flash: They’re in the back of your closet for a reason. You aren’t going to wear them because they don’t fit. You don’t feel good in them, and why would you want to go out in public wearing something that makes you feel uncomfortable?

Three words: Throw. Them. Out.

Commit to Seasonal Closet Organization

If you live in a climate where the seasons change, you probably have to change out your clothes with the seasons a few times per year. When you do this, you should go through each article of clothing and get rid of any that aren’t calling your name. This can make storing the clothes on their off-season easier as well.

The more often you declutter your home and closet, the less difficult of a task it is to complete. Instead of facing hours of cleaning, you are only giving 30 minutes to an hour of your time organizing!

Keep a Donation Box

If you’re someone who goes to pick out an outfit and ever ask yourself why you have a specific item of clothing, you should have a donation box. Why? Because if you already know you don’t want it, why keep it in the closet longer?

A donation box doesn’t have to be an ugly cardboard box you taped up with packing tape. You can find a basket at a home decor store that looks good in your closet and adds some personality. Whenever you find a piece of clothing that isn’t calling your name, just put it in the box!

Then, whenever you have time, you can go donate everything in your box! This way, you are organizing more on a daily basis instead of on a monthly or yearly basis.

Use Matching Hangers

This may seem like an odd and simple tip for closet organization. But using all matching hangers can change the entire dynamic of your closet space.

Instead of having a red, plastic hanger next to an aqua plastic hanger next to a black suede hanger, you can make them all the same. Your closet will look more cohesive, and this simple change will make your closet look even more organized.

Declutter and Organize Your Closet Today

Hopefully, this article has inspired you to go open your closet doors and get rid of the clothes you don’t like or don’t need.

No, really. We mean it. It’s time to declutter and organize.

Once you get rid of the clothes you don’t need and are done with your closet cleaning, you should hire a house cleaning service to keep your cleaning streak going! There’s no better feeling than having a sparkling, clean home, so contact us today to get started!