After a long stressful week, many of us just want to put on Netflix and veg out on the couch, not clean out our disaster of a closet. But what if it’s overflowing and driving you crazy? Or you want to clean it but just don’t have the willpower to get started?
What you need is motivation and it doesn’t matter how silly or superficial it is. If it gets you off the couch and into the closet, it’s a winner.
To help you get started, here are 10 motivating reasons that will get you up and into that closet for a much-needed cleaning session.
You can finally listen to that podcast or audio book you never have time for
The great thing about organizing is that it doesn’t require a lot of complex thinking. So it’s easy to put on a podcast or audiobook you’ve been meaning to listen to. Personally, I’ve been wanting to listen to the award-winning podcast Serial for several years now (which is about serial killers). But if you like something lighter, you can try a smutty romance novel or a funny stand-up comic.
It’s a great excuse to buy cute hangers and pretty storage boxes
If you’re still using plastic hangers that cause your clothes to slide off, it’s the perfect opportunity to replace them with something that looks and works much better. Velvet hangers, for example, are cheap, non-slip, and come in all sorts of beautiful colors. But if those aren’t your thing, you can find dozens of pretty hanger styles including options made from wood and metal.
And if you’re taking the time to organize your closet, you will definitely need some pretty boxes or baskets to store all your stuff in. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls usually have a nice selection but can find them almost anywhere including Walmart and Target.
If you don’t like boxes because you forget what’s inside them, check out my post Organizing Tips For “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” Personality Types for what to look for in storage options.
You can hide the awful clothes your signifigant other loves
It’s never a good idea to throw someone’s stuff away without asking them. But in some circumstances, it might be necessary to hide an item or two. Like the bright neon vest, your significant other insists on wearing everywhere. Or items they keep that are full of stains and holes and are basically unwearable. In these cases, hiding these items (and storing them elsewhere) is for his or her own good.
You may find unopened or forgotten goodies
Sometimes we put things away and forget about them almost immediately. Especially, if we purchased them a while ago during a killer “end of season” sale. Getting to rediscover these items is always a treat and it doesn’t cost you anything.
Already this year, I’ve found two pairs of shoes and a beautiful purse I never even took out of the box. So if you’re someone who buys things and forgets about them, cleaning out your closet may yield you some pretty awesome stuff.
You will have an excuse to buy more clothes
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but the more space you can create in your closet, the more shopping you can do to fill it up again. The key is to replace your items with things you love and will actually use. You don’t want to replace your old stuff with items that will just collect dust. Instead, try shopping for items you are lacking in your wardrobe, like a pair of rain boots or a light jacket for autumn days. Or maybe it’s time to replace your old underwear with pretty new styles.
You will burn calories
So organizing your closet isn’t an intense workout. But if you’re having a hard time increasing your activity level, it can get you up and moving which is great for your heart and waistline. Trying on clothes, moving boxes, folding clothes, and many other organizing tasks all burn calories.
And the best thing is that you’ll be burning calories without even realizing it. And once you finish your closet, you might be motivated to move on to other rooms which will keep you active even longer.
Beauty treatments can be done at the same time
If you’re stuck organizing your closet for a few hours, you might as well make the most of your time. Try putting a deep conditioning treatment on your hair while organizing. Or apply a teeth whitening treatment or a pore cleaning mask.
By combining these tasks together, you will get more than just a clean closet, you will also have softer hair or smoother skin. Plus, you will get more accomplished all at once, which is great if you’re short on time.
Unused items can be sold for cash
Items in new or good condition can be sold giving you more cash in your pocket. I like using eBay but you can also sell items on ThredUp, Poshmark, and a bunch of other sites. You can also hold a tag sale at your house, which can be fruitful but take up a lot of your time and effort.
Another option is to bring your items to a consignment store where they will sell them for you. You won’t make as much money (compared to selling them yourself), but it will save you lots of time and energy.
You finally won’t be late all the time
If your closet gets too messy, it can make your whole morning routine fall apart. Whether you’re searching for a shoe or trying to find something clean to wear, it can be majorly stressful. Plus, it wastes precious time that could be used for more sleep or that delicious cup of coffee.
By organizing your closet in a way that helps you dress faster, you can eliminate these problems and finally get where you need to be on time. So no longer will you feel frazzled and rushed when trying to get to work or pick up your kids. You may even feel a sense of control by tackling and overcoming this common issue.
Unwanted items can be donated and given new life
Donating clothes to charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill benefits both you and the person receiving the items. It’s perfect because the items you don’t need become useful to someone else, preventing them from going to a landfill. Plus, you can feel good that your stuff might benefit someone in need.
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What motivates you to get organized? Have you ever found forgotten goodies in your closet? Please share in the comments!