How to De-Clutter and Take Back Your Closet | Marah Elizabeth | Skillshare

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How to De-Clutter and Take Back Your Closet

teacher avatar Marah Elizabeth, Personal Development and Life Skills Teacher

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4 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction: How to De-Clutter and Take Back Your Closet Class

    • 2. Your Project Timeline

    • 3. The Most Common Types Of Clutter in Your Closet & What To Do With It

    • 4. Best Practices for De-Cluttering Your Closet

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About This Class

Are you someone who avoids your closet at all costs because it’s too crowded and stressful to get into?

This class will walk you through the most common types of clutter in your closet, how to deal with it, and some best practices for de-cluttering and taking back your closet!

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Marah Elizabeth

Personal Development and Life Skills Teacher


Marah Elizabeth started her love affair with personal development and growth at the age of 7 when she created her very first vision board made out of magazine cutouts and a notebook cover. Since then, she's invested many hours in experimenting and learning more about being her authentic self and living well. Having worked in the education field for the past 5 years, she's a seasoned teacher who greatly enjoys seeing student mindsets shift from "I can't" to "I can, and I will."

Oftentimes, you can find Marah Elizabeth reading and geeking out about cooking, productivity, relationships, and the millennial generation. Her classes will focus mainly on professional growth and life skills everyone should know and be empowered to use.

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1. Introduction: How to De-Clutter and Take Back Your Closet Class: Hello, And thanks so much for joining me today for the hot A de clutter and take back your closet class. Are you someone who avoids your closet at all costs because it's simply too overcrowded and stressful to even get into? My hope is that this class will motivate you to tackle that overcrowded beasts of a closet that causes you so much stress and anxiety each and every day when you're simply just trying to find an outfit to wear. During this class, I'm going to go over the most common types of clutter in your closet and how to deal with it, as well as in best practices for how to de clutter your closet. 2. Your Project Timeline: tackling a messy closet can feel like such a daunting and overwhelming task for anyone. Depending on your level of comfort, you have two options for this project. Timeline Option one. You can break the project up into a few smaller projects, such as focusing first on just your work clothes, then moving on to your workout clothes and then your shoes and so on, but just focusing on one category at a time. In this case, the overall project can be done over the course of just a few weekends. The second option is tackling the entire closet. In one single day, you can dive all in and dedicate a few hours of your time to do this. Choose the process that's going to work best for you. 3. The Most Common Types Of Clutter in Your Closet & What To Do With It: before we dive into the actual de cluttering part of the course, let's go over some of the most common types of clutter that you will find in your closet and how to deal with it first is aspirational. Quarter thes air items that you purchased with either hope to fit into them one day or be brave enough toe wear to a special event. For example, leopard print jumpsuit. I am thinking of you. Donate or sell these useless items that you'll really never wear. Next is bargain clutter. Who doesn't love a good bargain? Bergen Clutter is something that you bought just because it was a really good deal. I mean, who can say no to 80% off of most things? If you haven't used the bargain item, are there, donate or sell it? Next is abundance clutter? I am so guilty of having abundance. Clever. This is any large amount of the same kind of clothing that goes unused, such as having 20 pairs of black leggings or 10 pairs of the same exact shoe for the sake of saving space, keep a few of the clothing items and donate or sell the rest of them force is sentimental clutter. The's air items have a really emotional connection to you that you keep for memory's sake but don't actually wear. You definitely should not get rid of all of your sentimental clutter. My advice is to choose to keep 2 to 3 keepsake items and decide how to store them properly . But most likely they do not belong in your closet any longer. Buyersremorse clutter is next. These are items that you have hung long to that you really regret purchasing. But you haven't wanted to admit that you made an impractical purchase. I often impulse buy accessories. I never end up wearing, and I always think it's a good idea until I get it hold and it sits in the bag that it came home in. If the buyer's remorse clutter is unused, you can definitely try to resell it or donate it, but definitely did it out of your closet. And finally, there's damage clatter, thes air clothing, items that have something wrong with it, such as, ah, hole in the ham or a huge stain. If you want, you can try to get the item fixed. You can take it to its seamstress or a tailor or try to get this stain out yourself. But if it's going to cost more money to fix the item and to replace it, then trash it. 4. Best Practices for De-Cluttering Your Closet: today, I'll be using some de cluttering best practices from the com Marie method, which comes from the book The Life Changing Magic of Tightening Up, which was written by Marie Con. The first step in de clutter in your closet is actually prepare for everything to come out of your closet. You need to consider if you want to sell your on one, including items or not. If you do, you'll have four distinct piles to place your clothing items. You'll have a keep pile as sell Chiyo, a donate pile and finally, a trash pile. If you're not interested in selling your on one including items, then you simply need three piles that keep donate and trash piles to help yourself stay organized. Throughout this process, I recommend making three or four sticky notes to place in front of the piles such as this. I keep sticking out. I sell sticky note donate and trash sticking out. The second stuff and de clutter in your closet is to actually go to your closet and to get rid of all the empty hangers are hanging in your closet. Most people don't realize how much actual space those empty hangers air heating up. The third step is going to sound a little intimidating, but I promise it's not. You will decide which part of your closet you're going to de clutter. Perhaps you want to break the project down into a few smaller projects so you can just take out all of your workout clothes. But you want to physically remove all of that category from your closet to be sort. If you want todo your entire closet in one day, then you will physically remove everything from your closet and please that either on your bed or on the four to be sorted. I have gone ahead and gotten all my clothes in a huge wall of a pile. And next to that big pile, I have my bins. The first menace, the sell big Next is the donate bid. Third is the trash bid, and then I've decided to put my keep items on top of my bed as this I know. I also took all of my anti Mainers out of my closet, which already gave it a lot more space. Before you dive into the actual de cluttering process, go ahead and turn on some music play your favorite music station and just get in the right mindset. Teoh, get ready to sort through all of your quotes. Step five is the interesting part of this process. For every piece of clothing that you sort, you're going to ask yourself to golden questions. The first question is, Does this? I don't bring me joy, and you might think that that's something odd toe ask oneself, but it's really not. See often times people where the same clothes day in and day out for years, just because those are because that they have, they don't necessarily make the person feel good or even fit right. So please ask yourself the question. Does this item bring me Children? If the answer is yes, you should probably keep it. But if the answer is no, you have the option to donate cell or trash it. This second question you're going to ask yourself for each piece of clothing is what I purchased this item right now if I didn't already have it pretty straightforward. If the answer is yes, you should probably keep it. But if the answer is no, you can try to resell it, donate it or trash it. So I've sorted through all the clothes that were over there in that Kyle. And now I have a cell file donate pile a few things in the trash pile, and then I have my keep. Once we've sorted through all of your clothing items, you'll what to group them by category. For example, you can put all of your genes together. All of your work blouses together, all of your workout pants together, all of your shoes together and someone This will make it really easy to go to your closet and go to the right spot if you are getting ready for work or if you're getting ready to go to the Geno, I just got done sorting all of my keep close into the different kinds of categories. For example, have a couple keepsake items right here. My swimming attire, a couple sports V neck T shirts. Then I have some pajama tops, 17 chops, the dresses, my shorts, a huge took of Randall's because I loved my lentils in. Then we mean over here have some zit bees, some pajama bottoms and my skirt and blouse piles, and when I'm realizing is I have so much stuff still, so I think I'm going to go through each category one more time and see if I can let go of anything else. Once you sorted through your keep close and you made a final final decision that these are in fact, the clothes that you are going to keep. You can get some hangers and seeing the items that you want to be on the hanging rod in your closet for clothes that are out of season. That or that you're not wearing, you can go ahead and fold them and get a couple storage bins and place them in the storage bins for later use. Because I sorted through my entire closet, I have to store some of the clothes that are not in season right now. So what I did was grab a couple bins and a couple sticky notes with tape. He and a Sharpie and what I did. Waas categorized my clothing into the bins and then label each then with what's inside. Here is my finished product. I have my were closed to the right and my plate closed to the left. I have short sleeved blouses that I have long sleeve blouses in between work and play. I have both kinds of dresses, dresses I would wear for fun dresses, that every word to work. And then I have short sleeve work blouses, long sleeve work blouses, blazers and jackets, and then my work pants. Over here, I have a standing Jor and I have all of my workout clothes and pajamas are now in my standing. George. Once you have sorted and grouped your clothes and put them back in the closet, it's cleanup time. You'll go ahead and take the clothes from the trash pile and put them in a garbage bag and take them out to the trash. Then you'll take the clothes in the donate pile and put them in a bag. A swell, and you'll have them ready to go to the donation center whenever you have time to go there and then the clothing that is in the sell pile. If you chose to make a cell pile, you can store in a bag to be ready to post up online whenever you have a convenient time to do so, and that's it. All done. If you're anything like me declined in your closet will not only make it easier for you to find the clothes that you do love and do want to wear. But it will also increase your happiness and knowing that you have order in the police. Were you frequent every single day for your class project I want you should take before, during and after photos of you throughout the de cluttering process.