Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet And Finding A Tax Deduction


Without regular organization, my closet quickly starts to look like a disaster zone. If your closet looks anything like mine, there is no time like the present to clean out and organize your closet — and maybe take a tax deduction along the way.

Getting your closet organized is not only about cleanliness, but about categorizing everything you have and getting rid of stuff you do not wear anymore. After all, what good is that perfect date night outfit, if you forget you even have it any way? Next time you have a few spare hours, I suggest cleaning out your closet and finding all of your favorite pieces again. Check out a few closet organization tips and how you can turn the clothes you no longer wear into a tax deduction below.

Clear Out Your Closet Completely

You have got to make a mess, before you can get to organizing. Throughout the year, it is really easy for items to get stuffed in the back and pushed behind other clothing items really easily. The best way to start organizing your closet is to start at square one: an empty closet. Crank up your favorite Pandora Station and remove everything from your closet. You might think I am crazy, but we will discover clothes, shoes and accessories that you have not seen in months.

Take Inventory and Edit Your Wardrobe

Now that you have a complete pile of mess on your bed or bedroom floor, it is time for some organization. It is time to divide your clothes into three categories: keep, donate, and toss. If you are having trouble deciding if you should keep an item, ask yourself these questions:

·          Is it something that I love wearing?

·          Have I worn this in the past year?

·          Is it in good shape?

·          Would I buy this item today?

If you answered “yes” to those questions, you should probably hang on to that item. If you answered “no”, to one or more of those questions you may consider donating the item. Remember to keep in mind, that you should only donate clothes that are clean and good condition. If the item is in disrepair, consider tossing it.   NOTE: When you take you donated clothing to Goodwill or The Salvation Army make sure to claim your receipt. This way you can claim this charitable donation as a tax deduction .

Invest in New Storage Solutions

Before you start moving all the items you decided to keep back in your closet, this is the perfect time to purchase some new organization and storage items. Consider tossing broken hangers and buying new sturdier ones. A quick tip: using uniform hangers helps with tidiness and keeps clothes at the same eye level. Try stores like Target or the Container Store, even the Dollar Store, to find tons of baskets, dividers, hangers and shelving options.

Organize and Place Your Items Back in the Closet

Everyone has a different method when it comes to closet organization. In the end, it all comes down to your dressing needs. I tend to organize my items by color. However, in live in a place where the weather fluctuates often, you may consider organizing by season. Check out Lucky Magazine’s great article on how you should place items in your closet to get the most use of your wardrobe.  

Remember To Leave Some Room

Editing your wardrobe places a huge role in creating space in your closet. There’s a lot to be said for quality over quantity when it comes to your wardrobe. Cleaning out your closet can give you a chance to keep pieces you love, while identifying holes in your style. Maybe you can get rid of those the three pairs of juniors jeans for a streamlined pair of grown-up jeans instead. Opting for fewer, yet higher-quality pieces in your closet means you conserve space, save time choosing what to wear, and can feel confident in your style. Besides, where will you any new items you fall in love with go, if you have not room in your closet?

Yes, this may take up an entire afternoon, but a clean, well-organized closet—instead of a confusing, jumbled mess of clothes and accessories—means you will maximize all your purchases, and come up with stylish outfits even on hectic mornings.  


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