How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist

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How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

This week I partnered with all® Free Clear laundry products to share why our family has used their product for many years and some easy tips for cleaning out your closets for good!

The first step to cleaning out your closet is to do all of your laundry!

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

Why all® Free Clear detergent?

There are three reasons our family uses their products:

  • I have a new baby and I want to make sure her skin stays baby soft and free from irritation.
  • My son has eczema flare ups and I have peace of mind knowing that the detergent I use isn’t the culprit.  The all® free clear detergent was awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association for having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues.
  • I have just starting receiving multiple allergy shots a week and I was told not to use detergents or softeners with strong scents.  I’m not saying it treats my allergies but it does remove 99% of everyday and seasonal allergens from my clothes and bedding so it’s a big help!

The all® Free Clear detergent was the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin so I know that this detergent is great for the whole family.  If you have any of these issues, this detergent is for you!

Now that all of your clothes are clean and in the closet, you can start cleaning out.

**This might take a few days so just be patient and be ok with a messy room for a week.  If you’re done in a day, you probably didn’t do it right!  🙂

First you need to take everything out one category at a time.  I will show you with my dresses and skirts.  I took out every single dress I own and put them on my bed.  It’s easier to let something go when it’s out of the closet.

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

Now this is where the printable checklist comes in.  Ask yourself these questions about your items.  If you love it and wear it all of the time, just put it in the “keep” pile.  If you are questioning the item, ask yourself the questions.  I made the questions from the clothes’ perspective for some reason…

 

Do I still fit?  Try something on if you aren’t sure.  If you are wishing it would fit, just let it go.

Am I in good condition?  If you can fix it or it needs a button, take it out and get it fixed.  If it’s beyond repair, toss it.

Do you really love to wear me?  If you don’t get excited to wear it, donate it or give it to a friend.

Do I have a twin?  This rule does not apply to jeans or pants but mostly shirts or dresses.  If you have 10 black t-shirts, you could probably let some go.  🙂

Are you keeping me out of guilt?  If you are only keeping something you hate to wear because your Grandma gave it to you, that’s not really a good reason to let it take up space in your closet.

Am I a sentimental item?  This is the hardest one to deal with but if you let a t-shirt go from your honeymoon, you will still be married tomorrow without the shirt.  🙂

Am I for “just in case?”  I keep a few shirts for painting and pants for when I go skiing once every 3 years but that’s about it.

Am I comfortable to wear?  Don’t keep it if it’s itchy, too tight, or too revealing.

Have I been out of the closet in the past year?  If the answer is no, let it go.

 

You should have a “keep” and a “give away” pile now:

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

Take your “keep” items and put them back in the closet.  Buy some matching hangers and it instantly makes your closet look so much nicer.

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

I hang my dresses from longest to shortest because…well…I’m crazy!  🙂  I just like the way it looks.

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

Now lets deal with the clothes you don’t want anymore.  Just start singing the Frozen song and “Let it go!”  Give them to a friend that is your size or donate them.  Just get them out of the house before they end up in your closet again!  🙂

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

This is my closet after a few days of cleaning it out.  I probably have about 1/3 of the clothes I had a year ago but I love my closet and my clothes so much more than before because I only own what I actually wear.

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

Click here to download the FREE Closet Checklist or just screen shot it to your phone so you can use it whenever you need it.

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

One more thing…

I have started throwing a few of their all® free clear Mighty Pacs® in a plastic bag and keeping it in my travel bag.  It comes in handy when I am away from home and need to wash some clothes but don’t want to go out and buy a big bottle of detergent.  Just make sure to keep the pacs away from the kids!

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

The all® free clear detergent has been in my laundry room for about 9 years now and I love how it protects our skin but also really does a great job keeping our clothes clean and bright.  If someone in your family suffers from sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, or you have a baby in the house I would highly recommend you try this detergent out.  Check out more about their line of products and join their social media networks by visiting their community and using the hashtag #FreeToBe online.

I bought both of my detergents from Target under the sensitive skin section of the laundry detergent aisle.  With all detergents, please follow all instructions according to the package’s directions.

How to Clean Out and Organize your Closet + FREE Printable: Child at Heart Blog

Have you tried any of these ideas before?  Are you really sentimental about getting rid of clothes?  Let me know any tips or struggles you have with your closet in the comments.  🙂   I really love hearing from ya’ll!

How to Clean Out your Closet for Good + FREE Printable Checklist: Child at Heart Blog

By | 2018-03-22T17:32:02+00:00 October 4th, 2016|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Alina October 16, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I will be using this list today. For the past six months, I’ve continued to say out loud that I need to clean out my closet, but something always gets in the way. I will be starting in the next twenty minutes so I”m glad I found this check list!

    • Deonna October 17, 2016 at 4:24 am - Reply

      Hey Alina! I would love to see the before and after!!

  2. Emily October 7, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I am so inspired to clean out my closet this weekend! Thank you!! #client

    • Deonna October 15, 2016 at 2:49 am - Reply

      If you do please send me pictures! 🙂

  3. Morgan Elayne Tyree October 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    THIS is such a great list to refer to! I’m sharing this. Also love that you hang your dresses long to short!

    • Deonna October 7, 2016 at 2:55 am - Reply

      Hey Morgan! Thank you for sharing it! Yeah I just started doing that after reading the Konmari methods and then I really liked it and couldn’t stop! 🙂

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