If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to start swapping out your light summer wardrobe for warmer, cozier pieces for fall and winter. In New York City, space is the hottest commodity, so after spending my Columbus Day holiday shopping until I dropped, I realized I needed to do a purge of my closet to make room for my new sweaters and boots.
Whether you live in the city, are squeezed in a college dorm with three other people, or are sharing a bedroom with your S/O, no one has room for unwanted and unneeded clothing items. So today, I’m sharing a some of my favorite closet clean out tips. I have gotten a lot better at this over the years and now am able to finish every closet purge with bags and bags of clothes to donate.
So grab some trash bags, put on some tunes, and get to work!
Start by tackling what’s fresh on your mind
Not so fast! Before you put those sun dresses and shorts into a storage bin, go through them. If there’s a piece you didn’t wear once this season (and no, putting it on in the morning and throwing it on the floor before choosing something else doesn’t count..), get rid of it! If it wasn’t good enough for you to wear in the last three months, it won’t miraculously become your favorite item in a year. Toss it now to free up space. Chances are next year, you won’t even remember it.
Give yourself a fresh start
As you start to bring out clothes for the new season, go through each of these pieces as well. Get rid of those trendy items from last year that are past their prime or that sweater that you’ve never actually worn because it’s just too itchy. Only keep the items that you will realistically wear. This will give you a much better idea of what you need to buy next time you hit the stores.
An ideal closet is a closet full of favorites
My philosophy is that every item in your closet should be your favorite something. When you peruse your wardrobe every morning to get ready, ideally every item in your closet should be calling your name. Examine every top, dress, pant, and accessory…would you wear this on a first date? On your first day at a new job? For a fun day with friends? For a night out in the city? If the answer is no, no, no…get rid of it. You will always look over the things that are second best, so don’t let them take up valuable space in your closet.
Out grow it? Out with it!
Obviously if something no longer fits you, it’s silly to keep it around. Bodies change as we get older and there’s nothing wrong with admitting “this doesn’t fit me well anymore,” “this isn’t flattering on my body,” or “this just isn’t comfortable!” There are clothes and styles that flatter every body and can be comfortable to wear. That’s what your closet should be made up of.
Additionally, keep in mind your age and position in life. I can still fit into the tiny short shorts that were all the rage when I was in high school, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for a young twenty-something to be strutting around in shorts that barely cover her booty! Just because something still fits, doesn’t mean you haven’t outgrown it.
If someone else could benefit from it, don’t throw it away…donate it!
If the items you don’t want or need anymore are in a condition that another could find useful, make sure you find somewhere to donate them! Knowing your things might be able to benefit someone else could also make it easier to part with them in the first place.
Going through your wardrobe isn’t easy, but keeping these tips in mind and envisioning all the space you’re making (and maybe even the new things you will fill that space with 😉 ), will make the task far less daunting. Whether you end up with five bags to give away or simply relieve your closet of a few items, you will feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to head into the new season looking and feeling your best.
What are your closer clean out tips?