Thursday Leftovers: Declutter Pants

A year ago I did a series on cleaning out your closets and drawers and now is the perfect time to go through that process again!  It is so freeing to get rid of STUFF!  Be choosy with what you keep!

I am sort of in a transition stage right now, having just had a baby, so I think I’ll wait another month before decluttering my pants.  I have priced all my maternity pants for an upcoming garage sale and boy did that free up some closet space!


As spring begins, it is time to go through your closet and find new homes for clothes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn in the past several years.  This is somewhat of a monstrous project so I’ve broken it up for you throughout the week.  Yesterday, we sifted through sweaters and sweatshirts.

Today’s focus is going through ALL of your pants including dress pants, jeans, sweatpants, etc!  This will probably take you 10-20 minutes depending on how many pants you have and how indecisive you are!

how to organize your closet and keep clutter down

My pants stacked, sort of, at the top of my closet

Game Plan:

1. Pull out all your pants so you can actually see how many you have.  You will probably be surprised!  I know I was!

de-cluttering closet of pants

A huge pile of just my pants! Who knew I had SO many?

2.  Make 3 piles: KEEP, MAYBE, GET RID OF and start sorting them out.

  • The KEEP pile is for pants you wear all the time.
  • The MAYBE pile is for pants you only wore once or a couple times the past several years.  If you really want to get ride of clutter, go by just this past year.
  • The GET RID OF pile is for pants that don’t fit or you can’t remember the last time you wore them!
de-clutter closet of pants

Left to right: KEEP piles, MAYBE pile, GET RID OF pile

3. Try all of the pants on in the MAYBE pile.

  • If they doesn’t fit, move to GET RID OF pile
  • If they’re too short, move to GET RID OF pile
  • If you don’t love them, move to GET RID OF pile
  • If you have mixed feelings, hang onto them for one more year only
  • If you love them AND they fit, move to the KEEP pile
de-clutter your closet of pants

I ended up keeping all but one of the pants in my MAYBE pile of pants

4. Look at your two piles and see how successful you were.

It’s important to have everything out in one spot and actually comprehend how many clothes you have.  This will help motivate you to get rid of more.

5. Fold the pants in the KEEP pile and put back into their spots neatly.

6. Put the pants in the GET RID OF pile in a garage sale box or donate to Good Will.

stack of pants to put in a garage sale

I found 5 pairs of pants I needed to get rid of

7. Enjoy all the new space in your drawers and closet!

I realize now how many pants I actually have.  Although I didn’t get rid of many, I now know I can fit into all of them that I wasn’t for sure about or thought they fit funny.  I feel like I just went on a shopping spree yet I didn’t have to spend any money!

Now it’s your turn!  Take 20 minutes today to go through your pants.

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