Clutter Free Closet Goals – 6 Tips To Clean Closets

Trying to clean and organize your closet may sound like an easy task at first, but it can turn into a chaotic mess pretty fast. If your goal for the new season is to have a clean, clutter-free closet, but you don’t know where to start, I’ve got you covered.

In this post, I’m sharing my six-steps system that will help you to declutter, organize, and deep clean your closet fast and keep it that way in the long run!


The Ultimate 6 Steps Guide for a Closet Cleanout



Before you begin organizing a closet, I recommend emptying it entirely.

In her book “The life-changing magic of tidying up,” the declutter-guru Marie Kondo recommends gathering all your clothing items together and only then, start the decluttering process.
In my experience, this is the best approach, even if you’re not following the KonMarie method to clean your closet to the T.

Starting with empty fresh space is the best way to start this process and truly making the most of the space you’re working with.


If you’re interested in learning more about the KonMari method, don’t forget to check out my tips to make on this incredibly organizing system HERE
(I’ve included a free checklist you can download for free, too!)


I recommend pulling out everything and laying it on the bed or the floor, so you really make a better assessment of what you have, what you want to keep, and what you no longer use.

If you need to try on the clothes before making a decision, do it! Yes, it may take a bit longer, but it can make this easier as you’ll be able to know for sure what you want to keep and if your clothes work for your current fashion style.



Although the main idea of a closet cleanout is to start fresh by only keeping what you actually need and eliminate clutter, it’s almost impossible not to store some items away.
We all have clothing from other seasons, shoes for special occasions, or certain sentimental items we don’t want to part ways with.

When you’re in that situation, storage containers are your best friends!
There’s a lot of variety on the market that can adapt to your needs and home decor style. I personally love the ones with zippers and sturdy sides, such as this one from Lifewit.
This type of bin keeps your things dry but breathable, clean, and neatly organized. 

But, remember to measure the space from the top shelf of your closet to the ceiling before you buy anything!
It’s a crucial and often overlooked step that can make or break your decluttering project. 


You’ve taken everything out, chose what you want to keep, discard, or donate. Now it’s time to clean your closet.
Before organizing what’s left after your cleanout, make sure your closet space is clean, dust-free, and has the proper accessories to hold your items in the right way.

Use cleaning supplies specifically made for the material your closet space is made of, and don’t forget to vacuum and disinfect all surfaces before moving on to the next step.

white tshirt hanger empty closet declutter


Basic clothing hangers are great, but if you really want to take your closet to the next level, consider switching up your old hangers.
Depending on what clothing pieces you’ll be hanging up, you can choose from a wide variety of options.

For gentle and easily wrinkled fabrics such as silk, satin, rayon, and even knits, velvet hangers are my go-to choice. These hangers also help saving up space.
Plus, the velvet prevents the clothing from slipping, and forget about shoulder bumps!

You can use wooden hangers that are practical for less delicate clothes and adds an elegant look to the closet.

Hangers with clips, ergonomic hangers, peg hangers for ties and belts…
There’s a wide variety of options for you to pick from. So, explore and look for hangers that work for your space and clothing items.



Peel and stick hooks are my favorite hack! If you need a fast way to add space to a small closet, these hooks are godsent.
It’s a great solution to hang jewelry, scarves, bags, ties, and more.

Just peel, stick, and place these on the backs of doors or even on the inside walls of your closet.

Closets can be quite functional and provide excellent storage if you know how to manage them.
Try out these 6 steps for keeping your closet wardrobe organized, clean, and clutter-free. It’s much easier than you think and it will change the way you dress in the morning!


femenine clothing hang up on closet doors

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  1. Lynn Merrell says:

    Janet if you could see my closet right now you’d die. My husband has threatened to put it all in a trash bag! I need to use some of these ideas!!!!

    1. Hahaha….my husband is totally organized and would come over to your house and help!

  2. I love all these ideas and have implemented many of them in my now organized closet. I have one final Brilliant idea, (not mine, but a neighbor friend) who said that she is starting on the left side of her closet and is daily wearing a garment and then moving onto the garment to the right the next day and so on. She said she finds herself wearing the same few choices all the time, even in a full closet. By wearing everything in a left to right basis(accounting for weather, occasion, of course) she is able to decide whether she really wants to keep an outfit or if it is just taking up space in the closet. I just love this idea because I know I hold onto certain clothes, even after downsizing, am not wearing and should be rethinking my decisions to keep something. .It like a final edit and I am going to start doing that starting today. So simple, but so clever.

  3. I have been trying to get my closet organized for 10 years. I moved from a home with 5 closets of clothes,shoes, quilts,etc. And I lived alone. I now have 1 walk in closet and can’t find anything. I am overwhelmed. I have faith that your tips will help.

    1. I hope that they do help Gina. Just be patient and take small steps so that it is less overwhelming.

  4. These are great helpful ideas as I am currently working on my closets…now where did ya get those cute sweater pants your holding up there? Love those!

    1. This is actually a post from the archives, so not sure where they are from.

  5. Love these ideas! I’ve been slowly working to get mine organized! Great tips Janet!

    1. Thanks Sue…it’s a constant battle for sure!

  6. Jennifer G says:

    Oh my! You make organizing look easy 🙂 I love the pink linen apron. Where did you purchase it from?

    1. This is actually a post from the archives, so not sure

  7. I just went through my coat closet and pulled out three to take to the homeless shelter. I’ve been going through boxes and donating here and there. Good feeling.

    1. It’s a great feeling for sure Eileen!