closet clean-out tips for a tiny house (with Glad!)

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In light of last week’s news (more on that here), I have some work to do in the house before Sean can officially move in. Our top priority is making sure there’s enough room for both of us to live in #mytinybungalow with all of our stuff until we’re able to do a full-on bedroom renovation (like adding a closet). The first step is a good old-fashioned closet clean-out, so I partnered with Glad to share my best tips and tricks for staying organized in a closet-less home!

How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad

Tip #1: Remove everything from your closet and group like with like.

I’m sort of lucky because I don’t even have a traditional closet at the moment; instead I’m using a rolling rack for now. I rolled all of my clothes into the living room and arranged it so that all of my shirts were together and grouped by color. I learned this trick from my friend Annie of Live Simply. She suggested it because it helps to see your pieces in a totally different context so you can truly evaluate each item. Then I went through and evaluated anything that felt really similar. I asked myself the hard-hitting questions:

  • How many white button down shirts do I really need?
  • Are these two shirts similar and do I need both of them?
  • When did I wear this last?
  • Does it go with at least 3 other things in my closet?

It’s ok to have a ‘maybe’ pile, but I find that it helps to keep a goal in mind of only keeping 50% of what’s in that pile. Setting goals like this for myself reallllly helps!

How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad

Things got especially interesting when I noticed patterns… like my love of loose, boxy patterned silk blouses! How many of them does a person need??

But some… I just had to keep. Even Ellie, my photographer, noticed how much I love this cactus print top!

How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad

Tip #2 – As soon as you decide to let go of something, immediately bag it.

I can get a little… indecisive at times, especially during my closet clean-out process. If I see something sparkly or cute that I’ve already ruled out, often my mind wonders if I should keep it. One of the best things I can do is immediately place the purged item into a yellow Glad bag, so that it’s out of sight, out of mind.

Speaking of the yellow Glad bag, Glad believes the giving season is all year-round and is looking to make giving back even easier through their Glad to Give program. For each in-store purchase of select Glad Trash or GladWare products in January, Glad will donate a portion of proceeds to the WE Charity to provide a meal for someone in need. Also, we’d love to hear your stories of personal giving on Twitter using hashtag #GladtoGive — each tweet will trigger a $1 donation to WE Charity through June 30, up to $15,000.

We’re also giving away these yellow bags! To enter, leave a comment below with your favorite tip for organizing! I’m always looking for more suggestions to integrate into #mytinybungalow.

How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #adHow to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad

Tip #3: Donate your items to an organization that speaks to your values.

I care deeply about helping to provide care for women in need here in Seattle and find that’s “easier” to part with items when I know they are going to an organization with similar values. One of my favorite local organizations is Aurora Commons, a safe place for women who need rest, a warm meal, and resources like toiletries, winter coats, and clothing. Hat tip to Ellie for letting me know about the amazing contribution Aurora Commons is making in our local community! I suggest researching local organizations that align with your goals and make your donations there.

How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad

Photography by Ellie Lillstrom. Styling by Jojotastic.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad Products Company . The opinions and text are all mine.

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4 Comments

  1. 1.22.17

    I don’t know if it would be reasonable in your space, but I keep an ongoing bag of things to donate going in a closet. It seems easier to chip away at things as I notice them!

    • 1.23.17
      joanna said:

      I’ve been doing this, too! I keep the bag in the mudroom by the water heater, ha! Thanks for the great suggestion, Tammy.

  2. 1.18.17
    Livivua Chandler said:

    I find it easier to organize by seasonal stuff, items, clothes, housewares, etc than I do diving into a full organizational project.

    • 1.18.17
      joanna said:

      That’s a great suggestion, thank you!