It took me about 3 hours to clean tonight. I have about 3 loads of my laundry to clean and put away. Did you know you can find some strange things in your closet? Tonight I found my daughters two teeth she lost recently. What do I do with them? I guess they can stay in my jewelry box for now.
Focus on the current season when purging. If you can clean some old sweaters or boots out, it will free up some space for new Winter clothes. Most of my Summer is put away in a couple of drawers. Plus, this Summer was short in the Northwest, I didn't buy too many things.
Try to hang all your clothes in your closet. If you fold or put in a drawer they will be forgotten. The only things I don't hang are my workout clothes and lingerie. Even your jewelry will be worn more if the pieces are visible.
On a more personal note, I have a few things that will never leave my closet. A bright striped robe hangs on my closet door greeting me every day. A reminder of my dad who died in March. Sometimes it brings me to tears but other times it just sits. I also have a few flannel shirts of his hanging proudly with my other clothes . I try not to think of them every time I'm in there but at times it's nice to remember him wearing them. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving and in a few weeks will be Christmas, I will soon be thinking of him in his red plaid flannel shirts he loved.