Take everything out, empty it into a pile.
Yes! All of it. Alternatively, you could choose to do this one section at a time, which could be less overwhelming — but it’ll take a few extra steps, as you’ll have to repeat these steps for each section. Either way works, do what YOU need to do at YOUR comfort level.
Then… the real fun begins:
Quickly sort into 3 piles. Do not dilly dally, or sit on the fence. Here are the choices: keep, toss, or maybe. The maybe is only if you really, REALLY really have a hard time deciding — you’ll put these in a box and store them for 6 months, getting rid of them after that time if you never needed them. You will need to think if you want and can make the time to go back to this box/bag after 6 months. Sometimes we over think things and we need to just be free of things. I find that if I think too long about something in cleaning or de-cluttering, I leave it for longer than 6 months and have to repeat the cycle. The maybe is something that you may say: I am losing weight and will fit into it, I may wear that at a Christmas party… the ideas that cross in your mind… this alone is overwhelming too. You can leave your maybe box for the end of the week. That is okay too. You need to remember: Do what is right for YOU! The keep pile is for stuff you really love and actually use — if you haven’t used it for 6 months, put it in the toss pile. OK, 12 months for seasonal clothes (such as winter coats). If you have trouble getting rid of things for sentimental or other emotional reasons, see how to let go of possessions. That is another thing to think about. But… for now, we are going to focus on our closets.
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