How to Clean Your Closet in Less than 30 Minutes

A messy closet can be a frightening place.

Confession: sometimes it takes me at least 20 minutes to find an outfit in my closet because I can’t find what I’m looking for. Literally. I can’t find it. Hamper? Closet? Ah, might as well be the same thing.

Finally though, I cleaned my closet (the case of the missing red pump—which turned out to be in the closet all along—was my breaking point). To get it clean super fast (hey, we’re busy folks here at TBF, plus I’d much rather be writing than cleaning a closet any day of the week), I gave myself the challenge of doing it in less than 30 minutes.

Here’s the low-down on how it can be done.

Closet Cleaning 101

Look and Toss (5 Min)

Look and Toss How to Clean Your Closet in Less than 30 Minutes

That tag’s been there for months. Time for the Sally bin.

Okay, I’m going to quote Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” (yes, it’s relevant and yes, there’s a minor lyric tweak): “Take a look at yourself closet and then make a change.”

Seriously, give your closet a good, hard look, and then get rid of the junk pronto. Be fast about it; don’t overthink “But this is the multicolored blouse Aunt Susie got me right after her cataract surgery.” If a cardi still has armpit tags or shoes are still in a box, out of the closet and into a Sally bin it goes. Raid that closet and don’t look back.