Updated: May 15, 2020
Let’s talk about how to clean out your closet. Really clean it out. Get in there, get it down to the bare bones, and rebuild it with a wardrobe you love and want to wear every day.
It feels so good to open my closet doors in the morning and see only the things that I truly love to wear. It’s inspiring and a great way to start the day! For years I really struggled to edit my closet properly. I would end up just reorganizing my stuff rather than actively eliminating things. Before I knew it, I’d be right back where I started, in front of an overflowing wardrobe with nothing to wear. I’d keep things because they were “cute”, “fun”, “expensive” or something I’d wear “one day” but really, I never wore any of it again. Meanwhile, someone else could have been enjoying it.
For starters, conducting a proper wardrobe clean out will help you:
See what’s really in your closet.
· Reinvest in your favorite items.
· Achieve a much clearer sense of your personal style.
· Help you to avoid adding items that won’t get worn.
· Let go of the ‘stuff’ that’s been holding you back.
5 simple steps that I’ve come to believe are critical to execute a successful closet edit:
2. BRING ‘EM OUT
MAKE SPACE + TIME
Give yourself an uninterrupted at least an hour + and some room to pull everything out and begin sorting. I’m much more inclined to edit thoroughly if I can see the overwhelming amount of ‘stuff’ all at once. It’s going to be messy for a bit, but it’ll be worth it!
Set up a couple big bags or boxes to put your unwanted items into. Designate a clothes rack or a bench or your bed for the ‘keepers’
BRING ‘EM OUT
This is the best way to get a much-needed look at everything you’ve been stowing away. So, haul out the sweaters, the jeans, the boots, the bags, the coats, the hats, and the jewelry.
If you really can’t handle the mess (like me!) or you simply don’t have room to make it, work with clothes in one phase and then shoes and accessories in a second phase.
BY PULLING 10 ITEMS THAT YOU CONSIDER NON-NEGOTIABLE ‘KEEPERS’
These should be items you love to wear and reach for again and again. Keep these 10 items somewhere handy so you can refer to them later.
LABEL 4 BAGS/BINS/BOXES/SECTIONS:
DONATE, TOSS, SELL AND KEEP
Good quality items you’re ready to part with that are in excellent condition.
Time for goodbye piles all set and your keep piles eager to find their special spot on a shelf, hanger or drawer.
Tops, Bottoms, Dresses/Jumpsuits and Shoes.
PUT UP BARRIERS
This is especially helpful for drawers filled with smaller items like socks and undies. I keep my briefs in a box, my sockettes in a box and the remainder of the space is for my soft bralettes. I do the same for my thongs, underwire bras and sports bras in the next drawer down and it works wonders! IKEA has TONS of small storage solutions.
DESIGNATE A SPOT
Knowing exactly where each category lives makes pulling an outfit together so easy, even if it’s spread out over two rooms. This is really helpful if you don’t have a giant walk-in closet and need to keep things in a variety of spots, which I do.
STOW OFF SEASON WARES
A great way to give yourself more closet space is to store clothes that you won’t wear for a few months like sweaters, boots and coats in the summer and light dresses, shorts and sandals during the winter.
My closet is extremely small I simply hang my tops, dress and outerwear and fold my sweaters and pants.
Now you’re probably feeling pretty darn good. You’ve got a beautifully edited closet, bags of clothes ready to sell or donate and maybe you’ve even got a better sense of your personal style.
Conduct regular closet edits every 3 to 4 months. This is my main tactic and so far it’s worked wonders! Plus it gets WAY easier the more you practice. My last edit only took about 1 hr start to finish.