With spring right around the corner, this is the perfect time to start off the season with a fresh wardrobe. Make it easier and organized with this easy step by step guide to cleansing your closet.
First things first, set aside a whole day for your closet clean-out so that you aren't rushed and you have time to try on each piece of clothing.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER Deciding what to keep, toss, or donate/sell
Dump out your whole closet and drawers so that you can clearly see each piece and start to reorganize a blank space. You may find some hidden gems you've forgotten about or pieces wasting away in the back! Make space for three piles, using either bins or trash bags for clothes you aren't keeping.
KEEP | fits you well, is in good condition, you wear often
TOSS | worn out, torn, ripped, stained, too dirty for reuse
DONATE/SELL | still in good condition but you haven't worn in a year, doesn't fit, wrong size, doesn't fit your lifestyle
Now that you're left with the keepers, revisit why you put them in that category and ask yourself these questions:
Does it fit into my current lifestyle/job/location?
Is it versatile or classic?
Would I pick this out if I were shopping right now?
Do I feel absolutely great in it?
Just because it's new, in good condition, or trendy doesn't mean it's meant for your wardrobe. If the piece is still in good standing, it's time to start organizing it into your revamped wardrobe. You can separate your closet by type (tops, jeans, skirts, dresses, jackets, etc.) or occasion (work, casual, active, dressy, etc.).
Time to take care of the Donate/Sell pile. There are various charities and non-profits to donate your gently used clothing to, like Dress for Success and your local Goodwill. If you decide to sell, consignment shops like Crossroads, are a great way to go. eBay and Poshmark are also good options for selling clothes from the comfort of your own home.
Another fun way to part with these pieces is to have a clothing swap. Get together a group of friends and "shop" each other's closets- everyone brings clothing they no longer wear to exchange for new pieces that others bring.
Now that you have a freshened up and organized closet, let's talk about the staples that you may or may not already have. Stay tuned for my picks of essential pieces for a timeless wardrobe!