It can be challenge to make even the slightest effort to clean out your closet. We’ve all been there– overflowing dressers, old clothes with price tags still attached, we know. With the new year in full swing, what better what to start the year fresh and clean starting with your closet? Your closet should be a creative space and should be the last place to feel overwhelmed. Grab a few snacks, play some upbeat music and follow these tips that’ll help you clear out your closet for new styles and pieces to wear this upcoming year.
Literally. Clear out your entire closet. It’s easier to go through every piece and determine what goes and what stays when you have every piece of clothing laid out. You’ll feel a lot more in control when you can see your entire wardrobe. Lay them out on the floor or on your bed– you’ll be a lot more motivated to clear them out before bedtime.
Keep everything organized during the process of your closet clean-up. Save yourself from the stress of having everything everywhere by arranging for three designated piles or boxes. One for keeping, one for donating and/or selling, and the last for storage. Try your best not to throw away items if you can sell, donate, or give it away to a relative. If it’s not torn, broken, discolored/bleached, and not underwear, you can definitely donate or sell.
Go into your closet clean-up with a positive mind by asking yourself these important questions are you go through each piece:
1. “Would I go to the store and buy this today?”
2. “Will I wear this in the next 3-6 months (or ever)?”
3. “Does this fit?”
4. “Does it have sentimental value?”
5. “Have I worn this in the past couple months?”
If you answered no to these questions, you can definitely donate or sell it. If your items are seasonal like winter wear and summer clothes, you can put it away in storage so you know where to find them when the time comes.
Once you’ve arranged what goes and what stays, take the time to organize your clothes in a way that makes sense to you. Your closet should be a creative space where you can feel expressive and most importantly, beautiful. Use floor space creatively, maximize shelf space with dividers, and store smart. Remember, this is your space– make it your own!