Closet Declutter- 4 Rules to Tame the Beast

De-clutter ChallengeI’m a mighty woman of God, right?

I have Victory through Christ, don’t I?

I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength, can’t I?

That’s what I thought.


I took a good look at MY CLOSET!

(Cue the horror movie scream.)

How can one little area cause so much distress, frustration, shame, and procrastinativeness? (Is that a word?)

In my defense (and goodness knows I need one) I live in an area of unpredictable temperatures.

How am I supposed to know what I’m going to wear when Fall temperatures go from a magnificent 70 degrees and breezy to 94 and hotter than…

Well, you get my point.

And what about the Fashion Police?

Is wearing white after Labor Day  “THE Unforgivable Sin” I’ve heard so much about? (Remind me to tell you THAT story!!)

With Purpose on my mind, I promised to become More than a Conqueror over my Closet Beast.

I blocked off my whole morning, made sure to eat, (I don’t make wise choices when I’m hungry) and had my rules in front of me.

4 Rules to Tame the Closet Beast

Rule #1

It has to fit RIGHT NOW.

Need I say more?

This is a broader (no pun intended) topic for another day, but #1 going forward to get control over the clutter.

No judgement, embarrassment, or beating myself up about it.

Fit or Doesn’t fit… Then move on!

Rule #2

It has to work with my daily life.

I took an honest assessment of the season I’m in.

Beyond Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.  All you have to do is call.

(Sorry! I can’t help myself!)

There was a time in my life when I was out among the people.

My daily wardrobe was a blouse, trousers, and seriously GORGEOUS pointy heels!! (I love a pointy heel, don’t you?)

These days, the only “dress to impress” I do is try not be on the “What she wore to Walmart” Hall of Shame.

(One problem, though. Walmart has curbside pickup so my standards may slip.)

Rule #3

It has to be in good condition.

The “formerly known as” white tank tops that I wear ALL THE TIME under sweaters.

There’s not enough Oxy Clean to turn THAT train around.

Socks, you USED to be fuzzy and comfy. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Hello Sweater with the mysterious stain that won’t come out.

The only thing you’re good for is a homeschool biology experiment.

As the NSYNC song goes, ” It ain’t no lie Baby Bye Bye Bye”.

Rule #4

I have to love it.

If I don’t love it, why is it in my closet causing me grief?

Be gone ugly clothes!

I’m done with you taking up space in my life!

I ONLY have 1 exception to this rule.

If it follows the first 3 and is a wardrobe “staple” then it stays.

A good example is a pair of jeans that fit and are in good condition, but I don’t love.

Once I’m able to find/afford a replacement, the old pair goes away.

Now, the clothes that fit the “rules” receive a rose.

(Not really)

I go through all the items and ask 1 question.

Do I have everything I need to wear this? 

The Colored denim that doesn’t match anything.

The blouse I never wear because I need a camisole (do people use that word anymore) to go underneath.

If the answer is NO, Don’t Worry!

It’s not too late!!

Write up your shopping list, grab a friend, and in the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it Work!”

***Word of Warning***

DO NOT… I REPEAT…DO NOT leave home WITHOUT the clothes you are trying to outfit.

You will create the Groundhog Day of fashion if you leave them at home!

Once you’ve gone through all your clothes, take some time to create outfits to help with those “too early to make choices” mornings.

I have a “uniform” for myself.

A sweater with leggings (of course), jeans/blouse/boots, denim shirt with khaki’s, and pajamas with blanket wrapped around me!

Then I schedule my days according to how many clean (ish) pajamas and blanket outfits I have.

(It’s my best look.)

A few years ago I even made a 5th Rule for when I’m out shopping.

Rule #5

If I don’t understand it, I shouldn’t wear it! 

Is it a dress or a shirt?

Which hole does my head go in?

How do I get into it?

How do I take it off when I have to tinkle? (Yup. I just said Tinkle.)

This rule will save you BUCKETS of money AND you won’t see your teenager’s eyes roll back in their head when you pick them up from school.

(A girl can dream!)

Now that you’re equipped with my 4 5 Rules, check out this great Mission Organization Challenge to inspire you on your journey to Tame YOUR Closet Beast!

Make sure you tag me on Instagram with your closet pics…or your rule breaking #5 past purchases!

I’d love to connect with you!

You are More than Conquerers, friends!












31 thoughts on “Closet Declutter- 4 Rules to Tame the Beast

  • Mom October 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Loved this post. It’s perfect timing, changing from summer to fall/winter here while cellar gets new update, & clothes get a re-visit. Will get using your rules for sure.?

  • Sarah October 18, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Love this post!!! As usual, you make me giggle ? – and now I’m motivated to get my closet in shape. It is currently an unorganized mess – and don’t even get me started on clothes I don’t like or just don’t wear. Thanks for the gentle nudge! I’ll go check out this Mission Organization Challenge, too…

    • Rebecca Williamson October 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      The mission organization challenge is great, Sarah. I loved the transformation of Beth’s closet! I look forward to hearing how your closet declutter goes.

  • Beth Moore October 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

    This is the perfect combination of wisdom and spit-the-coffee humor, good thing I already finished my coffee! Btw, if you enjoy people watching, you should come hang out in the Bluegrass around derby day, equipped with rule #5 and a discreet camera! You’ll see hats that defy description!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Set the date, Beth and I’ll head your way! I would love to do some discreet people watching with you!

  • Sarah Jean October 20, 2016 at 8:22 am

    “I have to love it” is the one I struggled with the most but getting better!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      “Have to Love it” is hard for me too, Sarah. I had a lot of clothes just because they fit even though I don’t like wearing them. Now I am very particular about what I buy so I don’t “waste” money on something that’s just ok.

  • Grady October 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh, do I struggle with #1 – in either direction! It’s too big? Well, I can sew it to fit better. It’s too small? Some day I’ll fit back into it! UGH, it’s such a struggle!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 21, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      I hear ya, Grady. At one point I packed up clothes I hoped to fit in and told myself if I couldn’t get into them by next season they were getting donated.

  • Kemi October 20, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I love your post!!! I have been doing exactly this… I can do ALL things… talk to clean out my closet… Yeah.. it has not happened lol! I will try again next weekend! Lmao!! on the Walmart hall of shame!!!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Kemi, Thank you so much for reading! I literally set a day and blocked off time to work on my closet. I even saved an audio book to help get through the process. It felt good to see the end result! I’d love to hear how your decluttering goes! You can do ALL things!!

  • Terryn Winfield October 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Lol, I love how you started this! We can do all things 😉 Closets are a hard one! I held a declutter challenge this summer and clothes are hard! I struggle with the fit right now part. Although I don’t keep it all in my closet, I do tend to keep bins of clothes, which is still clutter! I’m working on it

    • Rebecca Williamson October 21, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Fit is a multi layered struggle for me, Terryn. One idea is to go through the steps differently. If you Love it, it’s in good condition, and it fits your lifestyle, pack it away for a specific amount of time and then revisit it.
      If you’re working to get back into clothes you love, it might be a good motivator to keep you on track.

  • Cindy October 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I’ve been going through my closet lately, and my rules are almost the same as yours! I only add is it comfortable/can i move in it, since i’ve held on to things that fit and that i love, but i have to fuss with them the entire time i’m wearing them. i’ve decided those aren’t worth my time. great post!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 24, 2016 at 9:52 am

      That’s a great addition, Cindy. I hate fussy clothes! If it requires double stick tape to keep my “lady parts” concealed it’s NOT worth keeping!

  • Denise October 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Such simple and practical tips! Love that 🙂

    • Rebecca Williamson October 24, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Denise! Too many steps and I’d give up and go eat cupcakes!

  • Becky October 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, Rebecca, I was cracking up for this whole post! You nailed it! And I sooo need to attack my closet soon. This is, hands down, the best post I have ever read on organization! I recently wrote a post about being more than a conqueror and used a picture of me wearing a Wonder Woman cape from a 5k I ran. I may need to pull out the cape to attack my closet… 😉

    • Rebecca Williamson October 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Promise you’ll send me a pic of you in your closet wearing a wonder woman cape, Becky? I talked about wanting to be Wonder Woman’s body double on my About Me page. In fact,I would clear out my closet AGAIN JUST to wear the cape!

  • Sandy @ Shady Meadow Cottage October 29, 2016 at 9:24 am

    When I read your post, I was thinking I really need to go through my closet and weed things out. Thanks for all the tips that will make that project easier.

    • Rebecca Williamson October 31, 2016 at 11:29 am

      You’re welcome, Sandy. I wish you much success on Taming the Closet Beast.

  • Jayleen October 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Oh boy! We are getting ready to move and I was just thinking I need to streamline my closet! I saw this at just the right time!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 31, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Yeah! That thrills me to hear, Jayleen!
      We recently moved and I’m so happy I took steps to clear out the STUFF!
      I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • Liv October 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I love this. Perfect timing for me since I’m doing my “spring cleaning” right now. Thanks for the laughs and tips!

    • Rebecca Williamson October 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

      You’re welcome, Liv. Happy Spring Cleaning to you!

  • The Rambler October 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Hystericallllll! Love your rules! Will have to try this. Really. 🙂

    Visiting from Blog Fuel

    • Rebecca Williamson October 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Dearest “The Rambler”,
      I love your name!
      Makes me think you’re mysterious…is this a code name?
      Are you a Secret Spy? Wait…don’t tell me!

      • the rambler October 31, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        Hahahaha! I’d be the world’s WORST spy. W.O.R.S.T

        I cry and gag way to easy. And heights. Can you imagine that jumping out of a secret spy plane to save that world?

        • Rebecca Williamson October 31, 2016 at 12:43 pm

          I CAN picture it…and I’m Loving it! The world needs more crying, gagging, acrophobic spies!

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention November 26, 2016 at 9:13 am

    These are great rules! Rules I’m trying to live by as well. I’ve started a series on creating a capsule wardrobe and I’m really enjoying NOT thinking about my clothing!

    • Rebecca Williamson November 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Angela, what a difference it makes when our options are only things that fit, are in good condition, and we love. I can hardly believe how much easier it it to get ready in the morning. I have a general capsule wardrobe, also. What a timesaver!

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