At the start of every season, I like to clean out my closet. It’s kind of a psychological thing; if my closet is ready for fall, then so am I. I thought I would share some tips on how to clean out your wardrobe and actually have fun with it!
1. First of all, empty your entire closet or clothing racks. If you want to do this the right way, you have to start from scratch. Also, this way it will feel more like shopping, which adds the fun-aspect of the story!
2. Make sure you have room for 4 piles: Toss, Donate, Maybe and Keep. Onto the Toss-pile, only throw items that you won’t be wearing again and that are damaged. There is a lot of clothing that you might not necessarily want, but others can get some good use out of! Hence the Donate-pile!
3. Go through the items per category, so you know exactly how many of each category you will have left at the end. Go through every single category. I’m talking socks, underwear, bras, tights, pants, tops, bathing suits, pajamas, knitwear, …
4. When trying to decide whether to keep something or not, ask yourself the following questions. If you answered “no” to one or more of these questions, toss or donate it because you might absolutely love that piece of clothing, but you won’t be wearing it again.
5. When you’ve gone through all the categories, focus on the Keep-pile. Hang all items back into your closet per category. This way, when you need a pair of pants, you won’t have to go through your entire closet to find some.
6. To get a nice, organized overview of everything you have, use 1 kind of hanger. This is a pretty unusual tip but trust me, it does wonders.
7. Instead of hanging them, fold chunkier items such as sweaters, knitwear, pajamas, workout clothing, …
8. Next, focus on the Maybe-pile. For this pile, you can use this chart.
9. When you’ve been through every item in the Maybe-pile, hang or fold the items you’re going to keep.
10. Fold the items you will be donating and store them in a box or a plastic bag. Toss the items you can’t donate into a trash bag and throw them out as soon as possible. This way, you won’t start doubting your choices and re-hanging everything. Trust me, I’ve been there.
11. Last but certainly not least, go through every category of the items you’ve decided to keep. Write down what you need to “restock on”, so you know exactly what you need to buy the next time you go shopping.