7 Rules When Cleaning Out Your Closet {Spring Cleaning Series Part 4}

Welcome back! We are over halfway through the week and this series has been so much fun. I’ve loved your responses in the survey (if you haven’t filled it out you still have one more day!) It is great just to read your responses and know that as moms, we all go through the same things! We all love having a clean house, but we all have a hard time finding the time to make it happen. If you are just tuning in with us, this week Fabulessly Frugal is focusing on SPRING CLEANING. We have a whole series this week full of fun tips and tricks to make your spring cleaning even better than all the years before!

Check out our other posts this week:

And today, we will be focusing not just on our spring cleaning, but also DECLUTTERING. I know how it goes. I will spend hours cleaning the house and in moments toys, clothes, shoes, and electronics will cover the floors and counters and it looks like nothing was done. The moral of the story is that sometimes, we just have too much STUFF. No matter what, STUFF will make our house look dirtier because we often find it EVERYWHERE. My goal today is to help you get rid of the things you don’t need so you can feel like your home is even tidier than before!

There are two ways to go about this! You can start with the decluttering OR you can start with the spring cleaning and then do the decluttering afterward. I love to spend a day decluttering and then spend the next cleaning. For some reason I feel like it is easier to clean when things are already in place! But, this is all my personal preference! Do whatever works best for you!

For those of you who would love to clean first and then declutter, here are 5 more of my FAVORITE homemade DIY cleaning recipes to help you out! These cleaners will help you save SO much money! They work the same as store-bought cleaners (sometimes even better) and you pay a fraction of the price to make them.

Daily Shower Spray 

You’ll Need:

DIY 2 Ingredient Leather Cleaner and Conditioner

You’ll Need: 

Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner

You’ll Need:

Oven Cleaner

You’ll Need: 

Grill Grates and Over Rack Cleaner

You’ll Need: 

Which one are you itching to try?

I just love these homemade recipes. I have almost all of these ingredients  in my pantry and they are all so simple to make! I was interested in how many of you use homemade cleaners so in the survey, I asked all of you readers which products you were using I found out that:

  • 33% only use store-bought products
  • 1% uses only homemade products
  • 66% of you use both homemade and store-bought products

The majority use both! I do the same! I am a firm believer in making the products that are simple and easy to do! But I do agree that sometimes it is more convenient to just pick up your favorite products at the store or order them on Amazon! Since not all of you use homemade cleaning products, I decided to find 5 of the BEST cleaning supply deals on Amazon today and share them with you! This way everyone has an opportunity to save!

5 of the Best Amazon Cleaning Deals Right Now:

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Fresh Scent and Citrus Blend, 225 Count

Original Price: $11.97

Sale Price: $9.97

Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap Refill, Lemon Verbena, 33 Fluid Ounce

Original Price: $10.99

Sale Price: $5.95

Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, Huge Roll, 12 Count

Original Price: $28.99

Sale Price: $23.99


Swiffer WetJet Hardwood and Floor Spray Mop Cleaner Starter Kit, Includes: 1 Wet Jet Power Mop, 5 Pads, Cleaner Solution, Batteries

Original Price: $24.99

Sale Price: $22.97 (PLUS, there is a $2 off coupon!) $20.97

 

All Powercore Pacs Laundry Detergent Plus Removes Tough Odors, 50 Count

Original Price: $18.99

Sale Price: $9.99

Like i’ve said SO MANY times, my goal is to help you all save money! I love the feeling of being 100% in control of my life and my budget! We shouldn’t have to spend a fortune just to clean our homes.

On to the Next Step: Decluttering

I feel like we have done a good job talking about Spring Cleaning and how to tackle it, but like I mentioned above, Spring Cleaning is not just CLEANING. It is also a time to get rid of the old!! One of biggest problem areas is my closet! I am guilty of having piles and piles of clothes in my closet and only wearing the same thing every week! I have around 15 stable outfits and the rest, I never even use. My goal today is to give you the motivation to DITCH all the things you don’t need!

Let’s get started with our closets! 

Today, we are going to focus JUST on decluttering our closets. I am going to teach you my 7 Steps to Cleaning Out Your Closets and I hope you can pass this on to your children. Once you clean out your closet, let your kids do the same. I live by these 7 Rules each and every time I clean out my closet because I know exactly how it works. We go in and we say that today we are going to get rid of things, but then we start making excuses saying, “oh I will be able to fit in this soon, or when I am tan this color will look good on me.” But, that day never comes and the clothes just keep piling up in our closet.

Follow these 7 simple rules if you want to have a wardrobe where you can wear EVERY item in your closet!

Rule #1: If you haven’t worn it in the last year, toss it!

Unless it is something like your wedding dress or a family heirloom, don’t hold on to it! If you have gone an entire YEAR without wearing it, you don’t need it. I know you will justify saying, “but I will wear it during the summer” but, you won’t! you will forget! 😉 Or at least that is the way it is with me. If you have gone that long without needing it, put it in your toss pile and move on!

Rule #2: If you cannot think of more than 3 settings where you could wear it, toss it!

We all have that fancy dress or those crazy pants that we bought (probably because it was on clearance) but the tag is still on and we have never worn it. Time to get rid of it! Maybe 1 time in the next 40 years you will regret getting rid of it, but that’s all! For now, it is just taking up precious space in your closet and it is time to let it go!

Rule #3 If it doesn’t fit, toss it!

We all do it. We have our “fat pants” or “skinny pants” and everything in between. Unless you are seriously loosing weight, pregnant, or know for SURE that you will need these clothes again SOON, get rid of them. The tiny clothes from our high school days may never fit again and that is okay. There is no sense in hanging onto them.

Rule #4 If you have to spend time thinking on how to “make it work”, toss it!

You know exactly what I am talking about! We sometimes have those shirts that we have to add 3 layers to just to make it look cute or that dress that needs a sweater and a scarf and the right boots just to make it look decent. Get rid of it! As moms, we are always in a rush and spending extra time just trying to “make something work” is just ridiculous. Why not fill our wardrobe with items that are easy to use and quick to throw on! My advice is toss it! You can find better!

Rule #5 If it has a rip, stain, or hole (and you are not willing to fix it RIGHT THEN), toss it!

This one is one of the hardest rules! And it always happens to our favorite clothes. If something has a stain, it is time to just throw it away. If it has a rip or a hole, unless you are going to fix it right then, toss it as well. I have had clothes that for years I said, “oh, I will sew this.” and years went by and I never did! Don’t fall into that trap. Unless you are ACTUALLY going to fix it, just get rid of it. It is taking up space that you could be using!

Rule # 6 Anything that has made it to this point, look at it and ask yourself, “If I were at the mall shopping right now, would I want to buy this?” If not, toss it!

I love this rule. If you wouldn’t buy it now, why do you still own it? You only want clothes in your closet that you love! If you don’t love it, you won’t wear it. You want to have stable pieces that make up your wardrobe that will make getting dressed in the morning hassle free. If your wardrobe is full of items that you don’t really love, you will spend all your time weeding through these items to pick out the few items you actually do love. If you only love a few, you probably are only wearing those few, so why not just get rid of the rest!

Rule #7 If it is something you do not feel confident and beautiful in it, toss it!

This is the best rule. Clothes are meant to help make you feel confident and beautiful. Do not fill your closet with sweatpants and oversized items just so you can blend into the crowd. Love yourself! Find items that make you feel like you’re truly beautiful. It can be hard to get rid of all of our “comfort clothes” but if they are gone, then you are forced to wear the clothes that will help you feel better about yourself. I’ve been there, I have worn those oversized sweaters that hid every curve and the baggy sweatpants, but those never made me feel beautiful. You want your wardrobe to be something that helps show who you are as a person. You are beautiful! You have a wonderful personality! And you have a story to tell! Let your wardrobe show that and get rid of everything else.

TIP: Once you are all done cleaning, you will have your “toss it” pile! Take some time to look through it and sort it into two piles. 1) things you can give away and 2) things to throw away. Just because you don’t use it, doesn’t mean that no one else should use it! Donate anything that is still in good condition so others can get good use out of your clothes as well. I always feel better getting rid of things knowing that someone else will be able to wear it! At the same time, don’t donate the clothes with stains or damage done to them! Just throw those away!

So, what are you waiting for? Take these 7 rules and run with them! Clean out your closets today and get a head start on having a clutter free home. There is just nothing quite like waking up in the morning and walking into a perfectly organized closet, am I right?

Coming Tomorrow: If you liked today’s post on decluttering, come back tomorrow for more!

We will be talking about:

  • How to declutter other areas of your home (like the toy room and kitchen)
  • Announce the winner of the gift card
  • Share more FF Reader Tips & Tricks
  • Reveal more of our favorite DIY Cleaner Recipes

Ways to Win Big this Week

Just to remind you! We have two different ways that you can win a prize this week! First off, head on over to our survey to share with us your favorite spring cleaning tip! If I quote you in the series, you will be entered to get a $20 Amazon Gift Card. I will announce the winner on Friday!

And the second one, we want to invite you all to ACTION! We would like you to get a start on your spring cleaning! You have ONE WEEK. The contest opens today! I would like you to take a picture of your home and show me the BEFORE and AFTER of your spring cleaning. Please send the pictures in an email to hello@fabulesslyfrugal dot com and the winner will be announced NEXT Monday! You have from today until Sunday night to get some cleaning done and send in your photos! The winner will be awarded a $20 Amazon Gift Card as well!

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