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    while cleaning out my closet

    I found this bag of candy while cleaning out my closet. I think it's from that Halloween party we had in high school.
    ... while cleaning up my closet ...

    I presume both of the above versions read as well, but there are subtle differences. And the following is what I've in mind about their differences. Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.

    ... while cleaning out (unwanted stuff from/in) my closet ...
    ... while cleaning up (=completely=entirely) my cloest ...

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    Re: while cleaning out my closet

    I would say that "cleaning out/ clearing out" was fine - implying that you were clearing out all the old junk, but that "up" is not necessary - "I was cleaning my closet" is fine.

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