Clutter makes me crazy. I can’t stand when things are out of order, and yet, I surprisingly find myself battling it pretty much all the dang time. I’ve noticed that when my closet is chaotic, other areas of my life are, too. So much of how we care for our things ties into how we live, which is why these surprising benefits of cleaning out your closet should serve as inspiration to get it done.
Whether you decide to spark joy and Marie Kondo your closet or implement Peter Walsh’s can-do organizational techniques doesn’t really matter. You’ll need to decide what system works for you, but you’ll also need to know your why. After all, clutter is never really about the items themselves, but our relationship to them. (If you’ve ever watched an episode of Hoarders, you know what I mean.) "While cleaning can be traumatic, it can also be freeing and inspiring," Elisa Robyn, Ph.D., a psychologist, tells Romper. "It is a wonderful way to transition from one stage of life to another." And once you discover the joy of a neat closet, you may never want to go back to cramped clothing and a tangle of hangers ever again.
So if you need some mental motivation, these reasons why cleaning out your closet will not just allow you to be better organized, but lead a better quality of life, too.