National Clutter Awareness Week and National Clean Your Closet Week

Operation Spring Cleaning and Decluttering – March 21-27, 2021

When was the last time you went through and purged some of your clutter? When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? If you can’t remember the last time for either, then this week may be just the push you need.

This week is National Clean Your Closet Week and is also National Clutter Awareness Week. These two go together just like peas and carrots, to borrow a phrase from Forrest Gump. Whether you are saying to yourself, “I’m well aware of my clutter!” Or, “what clutter?” You probably can find some benefit in the awareness that this week is meant to bring.

I read a statistic that says that as Americans we spend more money on shoes, jewelry, and watches than we do on higher education. Now, this statistic is older, but I would bet that the numbers are still pretty consistent. This means that we have a lot of stuff. When it comes to clothes it also means that we have a lot of stuff that we don’t wear. Statistics vary on how much of our wardrobe we actually wear, but they range from 20-50%. I would put myself somewhere around 35-40% of my wardrobe that I actually wear. 

This week I want to take a good look at my own clutter, and challenge you to do the same. In the spirit of Clean Your Closet Week, I’m going to challenge you to some different decluttering tasks as we move through the week.

My challenge for you today is to look into your own closet and see if you can declutter some unused or unworn items. Think about things you haven’t worn because they are too big or too small. Maybe you have items that need repair. If you haven’t made it a priority to get them fixed, it could mean it’s time to part with them. Look at your wardrobe through a different lens and see if there are items that were once a staple of your dressing style, but you don’t see yourself needing them anymore. I had dress pants and suit jackets in my closet that I had not worn in years because I no longer do the type of work that requires me to get dressed in business attire. I found that keeping one pair of dress slacks and one blazer was enough. Honestly, it felt so good to get rid of the rest.

Once you get started, you may feel inspired to clean out and organize the closet while you are in there. If you don’t have the time or desire to clean your whole closet then try to get rid of five things, or ten. Maybe you’re feeling ambitious and want to fill one trash bag for donation. Give yourself a goal and go for it!

Since it is Clean Your Closet Week, as we go through the week, I will give you a new closet decluttering challenge. From kids closets to linen closets, the idea is to root out a little bit of clutter to help clear your mind.We often need some support and encouragement, I created the Organized Priorities Collective. This is a private Facebook group where you can get accountability, share your progress, and even ask questions. If this sounds like something you need, I would love to see you there. And, don’t forget to follow along on this blog, or social media for lots of tips to help you along the way. Happy Decluttering!

Check out other decluttering and spring cleaning blogs:

What Do You Need to Declutter

Create a Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Strategy

Operations Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

Published by Jenn DePauw - Organized Priorities

Jenn is the owner of Organized Priorities, a Colorado-based company specializing in Organization, Productivity, and Operations. As an organization and productivity professional, Jenn specializes in individual and team productivity coaching as well as organization for both individuals and small businesses. She is also the author of The Organized Priorities Blog (, an organization and lifestyle blog that focuses on making life more organized, more productive, and a little easier. For helpful tips on everything from weekly planning to home organization, and daily celebrations to words of encouragement you can follow @organizedpriorities on Instagram.

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