Here is the fourteenth post in our Kick the Clutter Challenge series. This task challenges you to attack the clutter in those extra closets.
Extra closets are for filling up with clutter right? Wrong! Those closets usually just sit there in darkness for years while the items inside collect dust. When was the last time you looked at the contents inside your extra closets? Do you have any idea what you’ve stored in those extra closets? Of course not—you haven’t looked in there for over a year.
Sure, a few seasonal items like bulky coats, blankets or boots can be placed in extra closets, but you don’t have to fill up the space just because it’s available. It’s so easy to toss that box of old sweaters (that we don’t want to sort through) into the extra closet space and then forget about it. Everybody is guilty of thinking, “I’ll get to that task next week,” and then that time never comes—only the excuses come. And then your closets remain full of all that stuff that you thought you had to keep.
Remove everything from the closets and then sort through the contents. Place items into three different piles: donate, keep and trash. Buy a few cute baskets or clear plastic bins, label them and store extra items in there. Container Store has a great assortment of baskets and bins that may even make the task a little more enjoyable.
If you’re keeping items for the kids, you might want to limit it to one container per child. Ask your kids how much room they have to store these items and ask them how attached they are to these “things.” Many millennials are making a conscious effort to live with less and not collect stuff along the way, and your kids may be part of this group.
Let us know how you’ve been doing in our Kick the Clutter Challenge. Feel free to leave a comment or question below.