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5 Effective Tips for Organizing a His-and-Hers Closet

It takes two to declutter!

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Photography: libbieholmes.com (Main Photo)

Cleaning out a closet is no easy feat but keeping a shared one neat—with twice the amount of clothing and organizing techniques—is a challenge unlike any other. Don’t fret, all hope is not lost for common wardrobes! With smart planning, helpful tidying tricks, and team effort between you and your partner, you can turn it into the best room in your home. 

Check out these tips that can help you achieve a harmonious space: 

1. Find common ground and list down your goals.

What do you want to achieve from spring cleaning? Most of the time, it’s opposing visions that hinders progress. Have an open discussion about why you want to downsize and how you want to do it. You can also set a few rules—for example, your partner is allowed two vetoes in five items of his that you want to throw out.

2. Purge one person’s clothes at a time.

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Avoid getting overwhelmed by too much stuff by working on one person’s belongings at a time. Set an entire day for his things and another for yours—this way, you’re able to streamline items with careful consideration instead of just getting rid of things for the sake of decluttering.

3. Ask for each other’s opinions.

It’s no secret that people don’t like it when they are not given a choice or chance to keep something they love. If you want to get rid of something that he owns or a shared item, put it up for a vote or play for it to keep things fair.

4. Group similar items together.

This tip works especially well if you have shared clothing pieces or wear similar sizes! After purging, sort like items together. If you find that you both have a lot of unisex outerwear, consider drastically pairing down your collection to 15 pieces and borrowing jackets from each other.

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5. Do it in increments.

One of you might love spring cleaning while the other is dreading it or vice versa. Taking your time with downsizing helps you make thoughtful decisions and helps you get used to change. Remember, decluttering isn’t a race—what matters is that you strive for a better shared space. 

PHOTOS and SOURCES: libbieholmes.com (Main) 

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