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11 Simple Rules For Successful Closet Cleaning

Rodale's Organic Life Logo By Peter Walsh of Rodale's Organic Life | Slide 2 of 12: <p>Grab a trash bag, take a deep breath, and bravely step—or climb—into your closet. Start at one end of your hanging items and quickly move down the rack, throwing everything that you know you don't want to wear into the trash bag. Just start moving, without overthinking. Throw any empty clothes hangers on the floor to be collected later. Move quickly and be decisive. If you're not sure, leave the item hanging and keep going. This first step is about speed and showing your closet who's boss.</p><p>At the end of the exercise, take the trash bag(s) straight to the trunk of your car. Drop them at a donation center on your next trip out of the house. Repeat this exercise on a number of successive days, each time being a little more critical and paring your hanging clothes down a little further. Arrange like items together as you open more space so that you can decide which duplicates are unnecessary and can go. </p>

Do The Quick And Easy Pass

Grab a trash bag, take a deep breath, and bravely step—or climb—into your closet. Start at one end of your hanging items and quickly move down the rack, throwing everything that you know you don't want to wear into the trash bag. Just start moving, without overthinking. Throw any empty clothes hangers on the floor to be collected later. Move quickly and be decisive. If you're not sure, leave the item hanging and keep going. This first step is about speed and showing your closet who's boss.

At the end of the exercise, take the trash bag(s) straight to the trunk of your car. Drop them at a donation center on your next trip out of the house. Repeat this exercise on a number of successive days, each time being a little more critical and paring your hanging clothes down a little further. Arrange like items together as you open more space so that you can decide which duplicates are unnecessary and can go.

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