How to Quickly Clean your Closet in Under 15 Minutes

If you are not a fan of cleaning then finding more efficient ways to get things done is key. Learn how to quickly clean your closet and get another room done and off your list. Another great home cleaning tip to have in your tool kit!


When you think about it, one of the most expensive rooms in our home has to be our closet. With the costs constantly rising, especially with our clothing, shoes, and accessories, it only stands to reason that this room contains most of our valuable items.

So, if this is the case, it may be surprising to know that few of us actually clean our closets. Or, maybe it’s just me. And others clean their closets more than I do.

Now, to be clear, I am not talking about cleaning OUT the closet. That is something different entirely, and if you are still in the closet decluttering stage, then you are not ready to dive into washing walls and polishing woodwork.

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Closet Decluttering Resources:

Take the time to declutter first, and head back over here. Don’t be tempted to skip this step and go right to organizing. It isn’t often that our closets are empty. Take advantage of this and clean your space before moving on to the next step.

Once you are done, you will have a clean slate so you can set up your dream closet going forward!

How to Quickly Clean Your Closet

Tackle this list step by step and watch the dust and dirt disappear.

Step #1.  Wash the Walls

It always amazes me how much dust can build up in such a small space along with cobwebs. Take the time to wipe everything down from ceiling to floor.

You can use a dry dust mop like this one or wash it down with a damp sponge.

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Step #2.  Clean the Lights

As you are cleaning your closet lighting it might be the best time to make changes if you feel they are needed. Good lighting, especially in a larger closet, is important so you can really see what you have inside. This is even more important if you dress in your closet as well.

My favorite closet lighting choice is still fluorescent lighting. This type of lighting gives off a cool glow and is still pretty energy efficient. When switching to fluorescent lighting all you need to do is change the bulb.

To know for sure, google the type of lighting fixture you have to see if there is a bulb that will work.

Step #3.  Polish the Woodwork

Do a good wash down of the trim, making sure to get the grooves and the corners well. This is where dust and dirt can get trapped.

Depending on the type of trim you have will determine the cleaning agent to use, but I have found that more often than not, just a gentle soap like Dawn dish soap and warm water can do a great job with little to no damage to the wood.

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Step #4.  Wash the Rods

No matter what type of hangers you are using, the wear and tear to the rods in a closet can happen. You may also have grime caked onto the rods as well.

Use a brush along with a cleaner to remove the layer of grime.

Going forward, wipe your rods down to keep the build up from happening again. This will keep your hangers and your clothes cleaner.

Step #5.  Wash the Shelves

Wipe down any shelves you have in the closet again using soapy water. Be sure to dry the shelves to avoid any damage. You may want to add shelving paper if you have a solid shelf to give a fresh and clean look to your space.

If you have wire shelving in your closet, take the time to clean each section on each shelf. Time-consuming yes, but again the dust that can collect here can, in turn, get onto your clothes.

Step #6.  Clean the Floors

Finish up with the floors. Start with a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to clean the corners and the edges of your closet. This is the area where dirt and dust can collect and build up.

If you have wood or tile, you can follow up with a sweep and mopping.

If you have carpet in your closet, remove the hose attachment and vacuum the entire closet area.

Step #7. Do Any Repairs

Once your closet is cleaned you may want to do any repairs or updates. Patch any holes, paint the walls, install better lighting, and update shelves and handles.

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Step #8. Replace the Hangers

The best hangers for a clothes closet are velvet-covered no-slip hangers. These are amazing at keeping hanging items in excellent condition and minimize stretching as well. You can also use wood hangers or U-shaped hangers to keep shoulders intact.

Take the time to replace any wire hangers now while you are still in cleaning mode.

Finish Up!

Now that you have a plan for how to clean your closet, you can get this project done and off your list!

Once you are done you can get started organizing your dream closet starting today.

Closet Organizing Resources

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