The new year is upon us, which means it’s time to write out your New Year’s resolution. Instead of writing goals that will be impossible to attain, begin with realistic ones, such as a closet overhaul. Yes, this will take a few hours and for some of us a day or two, but the task will be well worth it.

Some benefits of cleaning your closet include creating more space by getting rid of clutter, saving money by finding favorites you forgot you had and, lastly, saving time when getting dressed, because everything will be organized.

Below are practical steps to cleaning your closet to start your 2022 on the right foot!

1. Mark your calendar

This step may seem silly, but by marking your calendar you are setting a reminder to make this task a priority. If you want to go a step further, set a reminder on your phone.

2. Buy extra storage containers

Skip the boring storage containers and head to HomeGoods, Home Depot or add some to your Amazon cart. By purchasing containers, you will be able to locate items quicker, make things look nicer and create more space.

3. Take everything out of your closet

Yes, I mean everything! You will be surprised what you find in your closet.

4. Clean the inside

Closets often get neglected because they aren’t seen by many visitors, making it easy for dust to settle. By cleaning everything, you ensure your clothes stay clean, avoid any musky smells and help with any dust allergies.

5. Make toss, keep and donate piles

This may be the most important step. Put any items in the toss pile if they are torn or too worn to wear. Donate anything that does not fit, doesn’t bring you joy or any fast fashion pieces that are too dated. Lastly, keep pieces that you love, are made of quality fabrics, and staple items like jeans, a little black dress and a white tee.

6. Put everything back

Fold or hang all your keep items and place them back in your closet. Don’t forget to use your storage containers. For closet inspiration and container organization, check out The Home Edit.

7. Donate pile

Before you pack everything into your car and head to Goodwill to donate your clothes, ask your siblings or any friends if they would like any pieces from your donate pile. Whatever is left, haul it off!

Becca Bland is the director of marketing at the Outlets at Tejon. She received her bachelor of science degree in business from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and comes with a variety of experience in the fashion world, including Elle PR and designer brands, such as Citizens of Humanity and Ted Baker.