A ritual I have before the start of any new season is purging my closet. While we are on the cusp of early fall months, I want to encourage you guys to do a little summer cleaning! Not only does a clean closet give you major feel-good vibes, it also makes it so much easier to get dressed! (Not to mention, it makes room for fall new arrivals!) So in today’s full post, I’ll be sharing a few of my tips on how to clean out your closet + methods for keeping it organized.
UPDATE: In light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, I’m purging my closet for a cause! All of the items not practical for donation will be listed on my Closet Sale site with all proceeds going to Houston women’s charities. Items to be added over the next few days!
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I get it – cleaning out your closet can be difficult! There are those “maybe I’ll wear this again” items or “one day I’ll fit into this again” pieces. But here are a few foolproof guides I go by when I’m stuck on whether to keep, donate or toss! The same principles go for shoes and handbags too!
Keep It IF:
It Still Fits | You Still Wear It | Still Fits Personal Style
KEEP items are your closet staples. They fit you well, make you feel confident, are currently in style and are items you’d buy again. I’ll normally go through and leave all of the definite KEEP items hanging up in my closet. Then, I remove EVERYTHING else. Even the maybes. From here you’d sort them by either hanging them back up as Keeps or placing into two piles that are detailed below.
Donate It IF:
It’s Lightly Worn | Still Has Tags | Doesn’t Fit | Haven’t Worn in 6-12 Months
DONATE the items you keep telling yourself that you’ll bring to the tailor but never do. And the items that still have tags on them from a year ago. My donate pile always consists of lightly-worn items that no longer fit into my personal style. If the answer is NO to the question “would I wear this tomorrow,” put it in the donate pile. The higher your donate pile, the better you feel!
Toss It IF:
It Doesn’t Fit | Signs of Excessive Wash or Wear | Stained or Damaged | Haven’t Worn in Years
TOSS items should be super obvious. The bootleg jeans you haven’t worn since high school that are shoved in the back of your closet. The once fuzzy sweater that is reduced to just fuzz balls. A cardigan missing a button or two. Shirts with a coffee spill that never fully came out. That cute top you only wore that you shrunk in the dryer. Toss items are the easiest to let go of!
photos by Lainey Reed