Many people feel like they have too many clothes, are overwhelmed with the mess, the constant laundry or feeling like they have nothing to wear. But they don’t know where to start when it comes to a closet declutter.
Whether you’re a natural at purging your items, or this is the first closet declutter you’ve done in a decade, I hope you find these tips helpful!
If you want to go to the next level with your closet and create a capsule wardrobe, here’s my 2020 fall capsule wardrobe!
Have I worn this in the last 6 months?
If not, why? If it’s a seasonal item, did you wear it at all last time it was in season? If you have a summer dress that you didn’t wear 1 time last summer, it’s probably time to pass it on!
Do I feel good about myself when I wear this?
This was the game changer for me. There might be items you like on the shelf and want to like on yourself…but for what ever reason, don’t. Whether the material is uncomfortable, it doesn’t hang right, or you just find yourself self conscious or uncomfortable in it the entire time you’re wearing it. It might be a process to get to this stage if all of your clothes seem to fall into this category, but make it your goal to have a closet full of clothes that make you feel good!
Is it a duplicate? Do I need a duplicate?
Maybe you have 3 perfectly good black cardigans. You like them all, they all fit. But do you need 3 black cardigans? If this is what you wear to work every day and it makes sense to have 3 – great, keep them! But if you only wear a black cardigan 1x a month because you live in Florida – maybe you don’t need 3.
Does this fit my style/what I want my style to be?
This is another one that might take time to arrive at if, like most people, you can’t go out today and buy a whole new wardrobe. But if you have clothing that is a style that doesn’t make sense for personality/lifestyle, don’t feel like you have to hold onto it! If your style is super casual and comfortable, but you own 3 blazers because you wish you were more preppy…rethink what you really want your style to be!
Am I holding onto this because I want to wear it?
Sometimes we hold onto an item because we want to like it. If this is the case set it out to wear this week, or the next opportunity you get, and note how you feel when you wear it! Next time you wear it there’s a good chance you’ll remember the reason it isn’t something you naturally gravitate towards!
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Am I holding onto this only because it was expensive?
We’ve all been guilty of doing this. Unfortunately, getting rid of an item doesn’t waste money. The money was wasted when you bought it. Holding onto something out of guilt only reminds you of that guilt every time you look at it. Try to sell the item, even if it’s only for a fraction of the cost.
Am I holding onto this only because it was a gift?
This is another common reason we feel guilty. There isn’t really a good solution, but I just remind myself that the gift giver wouldn’t want me to keep/wear something that I don’t like. I’d rather pass the item onto someone who will enjoy it.
I hope these tips allowed you to feel ready to tackle a closet declutter in your own home!