Lately, I have been doing a lot of closet purges. In every case, the end result is the same: relief! There’s nothing better than de-cluttering and removing those unwanted and unused items from your closet. Making room for essentials is key! This task, however, can be daunting and often overwhelming. What do I keep? What do I donate? Without seeing your closet and your wardrobe, it’s hard for me to make this judgement 100% efficiently, but hopefully this post will act as a guideline and a useful tool to refer to when cleaning out your closets.
When is the last time I wore it?
If the answer to this is the other day, last week, or last month, than keep it. It’s something you are obviously rotating frequently and something that makes you feel happy and comfortable. Anything past this time frame, I say chuck. Most likely, it will continue to remain as an isolated garment. There must be a valid reason why it’s collecting dust!
Is it functional?
Do the things in your closet act as versatile and functional pieces? For example, a black t-shirt. This is a basic option that can easily be styled many different ways and is timeless. It’s something that will always remain a go-to or even a necessity. Same thing goes for neutral sweaters, cardigans, and blouses. They will never go out of style and can easily be accessorized and alternated. Crazy prints and fabrics, however, are the pieces to question. Are they taking up space? Are they relevant? Were they just a trend? If the answer to these questions is yes, than toss and move forward!
Does it fit me?
This is simple. If it doesn’t fit, eliminate it immediately. Don’t hold onto things because you love them or because you hope to one day fit into them again. Your closet doesn’t represent your future, but rather the present. You need to have garments in your closet that fit your body appropriately and that you can count on daily. Down the road, you can always replenish with newer pieces to compliment weight loss etc.
Is it in good shape?
Even if an item is trending or timeless, there are some exceptions. Holes, pulls, and stains are not attractive! Purge and replace them. This goes for shoes as well. There’s nothing worse than worn down, ratty shoes. A healthier, fresher closet is where it’s at!
Do I have 100 of the same item?
While basics and neutrals are a necessity, 50 of the same item is redundant and overkill. If you have 7 black sweaters hanging in your closet, it’s time to rank them. Keep your top 3 and toss the rest. That extra space is now open to incorporate color and more variety.
The items that I deem essential are as follows: Denim that fits, a good blazer, a neutral bootie and boot, a denim jacket, neutral cardigans, a moto jacket, a well-fitted tee, impeccable leggings, and neutral sweaters. In my opinion, these are important pieces. These should remain permanent and replenished over the years. Of course, this is just a basic list, but I truly feel these pieces are key in putting together looks and layering throughout the year.
As you clean and organize your closet, I suggest color coding everything. Not only does it create order, but it also helps gauge your wardrobe. It’s a simple way to see what you have and what you need. Do you have any color and/or prints? Are you missing some dresses or dress pants? Is there only one pair of denim hanging? Order leads to a consistent and more well stocked closet.
As always, if you have any questions, I am always here to help. In 2019, don’t forget to take some time for you. Purge and renew!