Fresh year, fresh clean wardrobe? That’s certainly the way some people approach it, and de-cluttering is often a top New Year’s resolution.

If your bedroom feels overwhelmed by piles of unworn and unloved clothing, follow these 5 easy tips to declutter your closet.

1. Ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”

Best-selling author Marie Kondo suggested this tactic in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Rather than looking at your wardrobe and asking, “When was the last time I wore this?” she suggests taking each and every piece of clothing in your hands and asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?”

Kondo suggests going through your wardrobe in sections, starting with your shirts. It’s important to hold each piece of clothing and to be honest with yourself. After all, if your life isn’t joyful, what’s the point?

2. Try each item on.

In addition to removing each piece of clothing from your closet or dresser in order to hold and touch it, we also suggest trying it on. Some older pieces of clothing may spark the joy of a memory when you hold them in your hands, but that old dress or out of date pair of pants may be ill-fitting once you put them on your body.

Try each item on and ask yourself, “Does this garment make me FEEL joyful?” If the answer is “No,” put it in a pile for Goodwill.

3. Swap with a friend.

If you have nice clothing items that you’re hesitant to part with even though they’re not a good fit for you anymore, consider hosting a clothing swap party. What’s old is new again for friends and family members.

Be careful when swapping your hand-me-downs not to take someone else’s older clothing that doesn’t immediately make you feel joyful, or you’ll be right back where you started. The clothing that doesn’t get swapped can always be donated to charity.

4. Fold all of your clothing.

Another key point of Marie Kondo’s de-cluttering philosophy is to fold all of your clothing and store it vertically so that you can easily see each and every item. While many people fold and stack their t-shirts and jeans inside of a dresser, she suggests folding them into small rectangles and storing each garment on its side, stacked next to each other.

Switching to this folding method takes some initial setup, but since you’re pulling all of your clothing out anyway, you simply need to re-fold it the right way when you put your clothes back in their dresser. Once your new folding system is in place, it will make getting dressed in the morning a breeze.

5. Consider a capsule wardrobe.

Want to go all out with your de-cluttering? Consider narrowing down your clothing collection even further into a capsule wardrobe.

Most capsule wardrobes consist of a small number of classic garments which can easily be mixed and matched into a myriad of outfits.

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If your bedroom feels overwhelmed by piles of unworn and unloved clothing, follow these 5 easy tips to declutter your closet.