It’s a new year, so why not clear out your closet so you can find clothing that you forgot you had? You will also be able to create more outfits with less stuff. Did you know, according to statistics, you wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time, which means there is a lot of dead weight hanging in the closet that never gets worn.
Here’s a way to declutter your closet, very simply. Follow this 5-step process to purge the items that no longer work for you and leave you with things in your closet that you love!
Step 1: Set aside some time, and get some supplies.
Set a date since this can take some time. Gather the following supplies:
- 3 boxes, (label the boxes – Donate, Sell, and Tailor)
- Full-length mirror (to try clothes on)
- Sharpie pen
- Post-it notes to label boxes
Step 2: Start with a Category
You don’t need to take everything out of your closet and put it back again. This is an easier method than the standard.
Look at each category, i.e. dresses, jackets, tops, pants, etc. Go through each category and decide if you should let it go, stay, donate, sell or send it to the tailor. Once you decide, then add it to the proper box. Continue this process with each category. Be sure to pull out anything that hasn’t been worn in two years and add it to a box.
Step 3: MAKE sure the items you keep fit properly.
You should try on the clothes intend to keep and make sure they fit properly. Create outfits with the remaining pieces to be sure you have items that go together. Only keep items that you LOVE, look good on you, and the colors are your season palette.
Step 4: Deal with the items that you tossed.
If you have items that are barley worn, you can probably receive money. Connect with organizations that that best fit your needs. Here are a few suggestions:
If you have items that need tailoring, referrals from your friends and family are the best, but you can also Google tailors to find a good one.
Step 5: Breathe and bask in the glory of your new closet.
By following the steps above, you should now have clothing in your closet that you love, wear often, and you’re able to create several outfits. But most of all, your closet should be uncluttered!
Brew a cup of tea, put your feet up, and admire your new closet. You should feel a sense of relief and feel great for the new year.