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Last Friday I had one of those “oh my gosh I have too much stuff” breakdowns. You know the ones. Your closet is stuffed, you have way too many clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear. Yeah, that kind. Last week, I watched one of my favorite Youtubers do a video all about cleaning out her closet. She got rid of a LOT of stuff and I decided that might be a good method for me to use. I’ve been getting rid of stuff over the last few months but I still felt like it was WAY too full. So, here’s how you can REALLY clean out your closet….and never look back.
1. Get yourself a good beverage. For me, it was an icy cold Coke. For you it might be coffee, a beer or vodka on the rocks. Hey, I’m not judging….it’s tough to clean out your closet!
2. Come up with 3 questions to ask yourself about each article of clothing.
- My first question was easy to come up with, 1 was inspired by Jambeauty89, and that is “Does this spark joy?”
- My second question might sound silly, but it worked really well for me, and that is “Would I wear it on my blog?” Now before you roll your eyes, hear me out! I realized that if I have something in my closet that I wouldn’t wear on my blog, there must be a reason. Either I didn’t like it that much, it didn’t really fit correctly, it wasn’t in line with my personal style or some other reason. I love sharing with you guys so if it’s not worth sharing, it’s not worth keeping!
- My good friend Stephanie Drenka actually came up with my third question for me which is “Does it fit my brand?” I have some cute stuff that I still kind of like but I don’t really wear because for whatever reason, it just doesn’t feel like me anymore. So if it doesn’t fit the brand, it needs to go!
3. Put on some music, a favorite tv show or movie. For me, this just kind of keeps the mood light. Also if I need to stop for a few minutes, I can.
4. Clear out an empty space. Because of dogs, the floor wasn’t an option, so I made our bed so I had a nice clean, neat space to lay everything out, also it was easy to divide, one side was for the “keeps” and the other side is for the “tosses.”
5. Start piling all your clothes on the bed (or floor). I had to do this in sections just to keep myself from getting crazy overwhelmed. I emptied out a few drawers at a time until eventually it was all on my bed, if you have enough space then get out ALL your clothes at once.
6. Attack! Go through each item and ask yourself the three questions. #1 will probably eliminate a lot right off the bat, for me it was a lot harder to be honest about #s 2 and 3.
7. Organize your “toss” piles as you go. I suggest three piles: trash (items that are ripped, stained, etc.), donate (to a younger sibling, friend, charity or thrift store) and sell (Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor, Poshmark, thredUP, etc.)
8. Grab more clothes and repeat.
9. KEEP GOING. It’s exhausting. Physically but (even moreso) mentally. It sounds silly but most of us are really attached to clothing. That being said, it’s also extremely liberating.
10. Go through your “keep” piles again and again. You’ll probably at least find one thing to “toss” for a few rounds. Keep going until you can go through them three times and not “toss” anything. I know it sounds like a lot, but just do it.
11. Take inventory! When I was finished, I was feeling a little discouraged. I felt like I didn’t get rid of NEARLY as much as I wanted to – my keep piles seemed to be MUCH bigger than my toss piles! Well, I took inventory and I was wrong! Here’s where I ended up:
12. Bag up the tosses. Don’t go back through them. Toss the trash, bag up the donates and get the sell piles to the appropriate places ASAP.
I went to Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor the very next day. I only made $46 – I thought they would take a lot more but oh well! I DID turn around and buy a few more things but I was VERY selective. Here are the awesome boots I bought – you’ll be seeing them a LOT more.
Phew, so that’s it! It was a lot of work but in a few short hours by closet went from EXTREMELY stuffed with things I didn’t like that much to a smaller wardrobe that I absolutely love. Getting dressed has been SO much easier and I’m thrilled with the outcome.
So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge?! If so, subscribe to my newsletter for an exclusive freebie for subscribers only that has a worksheet to help you clean out your closet. Print that sucker out, and let’s get your wardrobe in tip top shape!