A Handy Guide To Cleaning Your Closet While You’re Self Quarantined

Isha Mayer , 17 Mar 2020

With the Coronavirus outbreak, I’m sure most of you are already at home. I’ve been indoors for not even a week, and I’m already getting impatient. What’s also driving me nuts is that my Instagram feed is only filled with news updates of COVID-19. That’s why I have made a list of things to keep me occupied. Indulging myself in different activities keeps me distracted. One of them includes cleaning out my closet, and I successfully ticked this off from my list last evening. Yay me! I know it comes across as super annoying but decluttering your surroundings also declutters your mind. In case you plan to clean your wardrobe anytime soon whilst being self-quarantined, here’s a handy guide.

Empty It All Out

Yup. I mean it. Start by emptying all the items in your cupboard. This wasn’t an easy task for me either, mainly because half my clothes were shoved inside (SMH in embarrassment). However, this step is essential because once you have a clear vision of an empty space, you’ll know how to fill it.

Empty Wardrobe by Urfin | www.shutterstock.com
Empty Wardrobe by Urfin | www.shutterstock.com

Start Segregating

Once you’ve got everything out of the closet, start separating all the items—clothing, lingerie, jewellery, bags, footwear, outerwear and other accessories like belts, hats, etc. While making a pile for all, simultaneously decide what you plan to keep, donate and discard.

Clothes Sorting by Pictures For You | www.shutterstock.com
Clothes Sorting by Pictures For You | www.shutterstock.com

Questions To Ask Yourself While Segregating

While sorting out your items, make sure you ask yourself these questions.

  1. Do I love it?
  2. I have worn it only once, will I wear it again?
  3. Is this is a classic trend that can be sported across all seasons?
  4. Does it reflect my personality?
  5. Does it still fit me?

If you have answered yes to all these questions, you can go ahead and keep it fo sho.

Ask Yourself by Michail Petrov | www.shutterstock.com
Ask Yourself by Michail Petrov | www.shutterstock.com

Further Segregation Of Clothing

You have a bunch of clothes you wear for different purposes on a regular basis, right? Start separating them accordingly. Here’s how I have segregated my clothes. I have made a common pile of workwear, clothes to go for causal outings, at-home clothes plus sleepwear, denim jeans, other pair of bottoms like pants, shorts, and skirts, gym wear/activewear, jackets. Garments can also be separated according to season and occasions. For instance, I have kept all my knitwear and wedding wear at the back of the closet. Some people also like to segregate their clothes according to the colours. If that’s your jam, go for it. After all, it will be so visually appealing, no?

A Pile Of Folded Clothes by Nito | www.shutterstock.com
A Pile Of Folded Clothes by Nito | www.shutterstock.com

Time To Stack It All Up

Now that you’re done grouping all your pieces, it’s time to get back to storing them in your closet.

Step 1: Occasional Wear At The Back

Start by keeping all the occasional wear items and seasonal items you don’t need way at the back. If you have baskets, make use of them for these items. In case they’re heavy Indian suits, keep them in plastic pouches so that they don’t go through any wear and tear. However, I always keep my festive outfits in the storage space of my bed or another cupboard as it isn’t needed for everyday use.

A Pile Of Folded Knitwear by Jelena990 | www.shutterstock.com
A Pile Of Folded Knitwear by Jelena990 | www.shutterstock.com

Step 2: Daily Wear Items In The Front

Keep the clothes you need on a daily basis at the front of your shelf. Pile them up at your convenience. Keep your lingerie in a basket or a drawer. Make sure you keep your bras one over the other, if in a basket or one after the other in a row if keeping them in a drawer. Avoid folding them.

A Pile Of Folded Clothes On The Front Shelf by Nito | www.shutterstock.com
A Pile Of Folded Clothes On The Front Shelf by Nito | www.shutterstock.com

Step 3: Use Of Hangers

Hangers are such an essential storage element of any wardrobe and are a must-have. Use your hangers to hang long dresses, jackets, and lightweight pants. Don’t hang your denim jeans because they’re heavy and will bend the hangers. If you have pleated tops or skirts, definitely hang them and not fold them as this will cause the pleats to open up, and once that happens, you end up killing the whole look.

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Decluttering as I prepare for my move this month. And I have to admit, tackling my walk in closet has been an amusing experience. Trying on my clothes and laughing at lost weight in the shoulders, the hips and waist now gone for good is such a freeing experience. Many of my clothes I have held for decades in the back of my closet, too small to fit are filling my donate pile. What a transition! I love that I am building my dream capsule wardrobe of quality pieces, many vintage and designer thrift store treasures. I want every item in my closet to make me smile. And to the ones that go on from my closet to a new one, may they make someone smile when they wear them too. So tell me what is something you have been cherishing in your closet? xo, taraocity #minimalism #simpleliving #clutter #clutterfree #organizing #closetcleaning #springcleaning #packingandmoving #healthyhabits #distillinglife #becoming #theroadwithin #becoming #masterclass #contemplative #selfreflection #simplelife #uncluttered #capsulewardrobe #vintageclothes #thriftclothesfinds #lowimpactliving #ecolife #ecoliving #weightloss #weightlossliving #newbodynewlife #thriftstorefind #repurposedclothing #newbody #secondhandclothes

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Step 4: Use Of Drawers

As mentioned earlier, your lingerie can be kept in your drawer. If you don’t have a large dressing table, keep your jewellery in pouches or boxes and put it in the drawer. Socks, swimwear and other small items also make the cut. Rolling up T-shirts and keeping in drawers is also a great way of using the space of drawers.

Neatly Folded Clothes In A Drawer by Africa Studio | www.shutterstock.com
Neatly Folded Clothes In A Drawer by Africa Studio | www.shutterstock.com

Step 5: Managing Your Footwear

I have a separate show drawer and prefer keeping my shoes in cloth bags instead of boxes as that occupies lesser space. You get great deals for shoe pouches online, in case you want to order them. But if you love maintaining boxes, I would suggest label them on the outside so that you know what footwear it is. Again with shoes, keep the festive ones away from your reach and the ones you wear daily on top or in front.

Shoe Boxes by Ira Yapanda | www.shutterstock.com
Shoe Boxes by Ira Yapanda | www.shutterstock.com

Step 6: Bags And Other Accessories

Sling bags, belts, and hats can be hung on hooks in your wardrobe or even behind your bedroom door. Don’t have hooks? Then use one section of your closet for storing these items.

Step 7: Donate

Donate your clothes to the people who need them but ensure they’re in good condition. Only discard the things that are way too damaged and can’t be given to someone. And voila! You’re done.

But seriously guys, this is a great time to clean out your closet. So get on with it! I hope this was a useful guide to you all. If there’s anything I’ve missed, let me know in the comments below.

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