How I Instantly Declutter My Closet With This Simple Step

One of the biggest deterrents to decluttering is finding the time to do it! Here is How I Instantly Declutter My Closet With This Simple Step!

Over the past year here on The Eco Hub, I have covered a lot of stories related to decluttering both my home and my closet and the biggest feedback I have gotten from you my readers is that finding the time to actually declutter is hard.

I get it takes time to go through a kitchen cupboard or a drawer in your home, it can seem like a very overwhelming task. It’s a big reason why we tend to put off decluttering altogether and end up hoarding it instead.

This got me thinking, how can we make this more doable for people?

This past summer I got to chat with Sarah Peel from Citizenne, she came to my house to teach me how to shop my closet; we filmed a really cute video on the process too.

We had a few boxes on the bed to help us sort out what I was going to keep and what I was going to donate.

clothing hanging on a birch rack


After she left, I kept a small basket at the bottom of my closet for clothes I was not wearing or just did not want anymore but were just hanging in my closet.

After a few months, the box was filled with clothing that was ready to be donated. This simple practice has eliminated the hours I would need to put aside to do a full closet purge.

Related: This New Toolkit Is Helping To Make Sustainable Fashion More Accessible

If you have kids this is a great way to get rid of clothes that don’t fit them anymore. If they try it on and it does not fit, it goes in the box. After a few months, you will have a full box ready for donation.

You can do this in any room of the house, not just the bedroom/closet. If you come across something in your home that you know you don’t want, simply place it in the box, when it’s full, it’s ready to go!

This is a super-simple way to approach what can feel like a monumental task. But it’s also an exercise in mindful consumption. We are buying way too much stuff, shopping for vintage, secondhand or thrift is a great way to reduce your impact. You can also think about how to create a capsule wardrobe by only shopping for secondhand clothes. Or even how to find affordable ethical clothing on a budget.

But I think the most important aspect of greening your closet is to understand and ask yourself what is sustainable and ethical fashion anyway?

And it’s also about buying less. The fashion industry is producing 90 billion garments per year and we are buying them up faster than they can make them. On average we are buying 62 new items every year and paying less, sometimes half, than we were ever before. And to make matter worse about 18 of the 62 items we buy never even get worn! I am so guilty of this. 🙁

Those unworn garments make up almost 1.7 billion items. Obviously, this is not sustainable at all. Ethical fashion costs more money and is not accessible to everyone. In her book CHEAP, Ellen Ruppell says “cheap objects resist involvement. We tend to invest less in their purchase, care and maintenance and that’s part of what makes them so attractive. We have grown to accept and relish the easy birth and easy death of objects.”

It’s why fast fashion exists!

What do you think of this technique? Is this something you would consider doing?

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