Staying Home: COVID-19

how to declutter and organize

I know I’m not alone when I say I am terrified. I think we are all terrified and we don’t have any concrete answers about our future or our economy. I don’t know that there’s much we can do to help that right now. 

I also know I’m not alone when I say that I am going stir crazy. I have developed cabin fever. Quite frankly, I am bored. I’m tired of staying indoors and I’m tired of just being tired, so I decided to do what I could do while being stuck in my apartment- sticking to fashion and sticking to my love for organization. 


To tidy up. 

While following quarantine instructions to keep myself and others safe, I wanted to make sure I stayed busy and preserved my sanity and mental health. 

My organization tips have been divided up into multiple posts for clarity and to help you navigate towards exactly what you want to organize. You can find them all linked below as well.

A while back, I watched the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She also has a New York Time’s best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Since then, I have tried to stick to her ‘rules’ while cleaning out my wardrobe. She encourages the household she’s working with to only keep items that “spark joy” when they open up their dresser, and to donate or get rid of items that do not. 

In the spirit of Marie Kondo-ing my life, I got to work. 

(I also researched a ton of ways to cleverly organize my closets- I’ll link those in each post.)

I have to apologize, because I didn’t take any “BEFORE” photos, but I think the “AFTER” photos give you enough to work with and hopefully inspire you to get to work, too.



Overall, this took me 3-4 hours divided into two days. Not only did I make SO much room for my clothing, but I also created a system for my closets. I realized, while doing all of this organizing, that having a system is super important. It forces you to work within a structure, making it a bit harder to deviate and lose focus. 

I hope this is as useful for you, as it was for me.

 Let me know if you used any of these methods and how they worked for you or some crafty methods of your own in the comments!