Sweat the Small Stuff: Clutter Bombs are So Last Year!

If you've seasonally adjusted your wardrobe or done any uncollecting recently, you've probably turned a discriminating eye toward the primary pieces in your closet. But what about your small accessories? 

Year after year of closet clean-outs, seemingly innocuous items like belts, ties, jewelry, undergarments, hats and handbags manage to escape the chopping block. Massive T-shirt collections are built—innocently enough—one run, tournament and merch purchase at a time. Often stacked/crammed/rolled; rarely enjoyed. 

We tend not to get rid of these things—why?

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Photo by MaleWitch/iStock / Getty Images

Recently on the Closet Blog, we took a close look at (un)collecting: why we buy, why we keep things beyond their useful life, and why we hang onto unneeded gifts. Few items accumulate as easily as our small accessories! Instead of letting them go when we love them no more, we tend to stop seeing them. The result: Clutter! 

Undergarments are uniquely suited for needless collecting because they're often the perfect storm of expensive to replace, unsuitable to re-home and rarely seen by the general public.

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Photo by MagMos/iStock / Getty Images

Here's the catch: Like everything else in your closet, these items only bring you enjoyment when they're in use or
edited and organized.

 Custom closet storage helps you organize and declutter shoes, ties, jewelry, handbags and other accessories.

Custom closet storage helps you organize and declutter shoes, ties, jewelry, handbags and other accessories.

As you leave 2016 to the birds, do your closet a favor and send your ratty/dated/neglected small accessories packing, too. You'll feel lighter, you might even make some extra cash, and you'll head into the new year shopping your closet with fresh joie de vivre. 

For inspiration, here's another tip from the queen of serene, Marie Kondo, on how to fold and organize your underwear drawer.

Happy New Year!