One of my resolutions at the start of every year is to trim down my wardrobe and get rid of the items I no longer wear. (Especially this year because hardly anything fits me right now!) If you’ve ever felt like you had a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, then it’s probably time for you to do a closet purge too. I mean just look at how many #sparkjoy posts are on IG right now – everyone is on the Marie Kondo bandwagon! Not only will closet cleaning help you rebuild your dream wardrobe, but it’ll make your life feel less cluttered – and give you all the feel-good vibes. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing three steps to help you purge your wardrobe.
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1. Define your personal style
Before I start getting rid of the pieces in my closet, I like to have an understanding of what my personal style is. At the rate fashion trends change today, it’s easy to cave into impulsive buys that end up not fitting your wardrobe. So having a vision for your dream closet will make the purging process easier. One way to do this is to collect inspiration from places like Pinterest and figure out what type of clothes you’re drawn to the most.
2. Empty out your closet
The next step is to completely empty out your wardrobe. Cleaning out your closet can be time consuming and inconvenient, but I find that this is the only way to truly take inventory of what you actually own. It’s also a great opportunity to re-organize your wardrobe and pack away the items that aren’t seasonally appropriate, like sundresses and denim shorts.
For out-of-season items, I have huge plastic bins that I put everything into and then store away. This also makes it easier to go through those items the next year to purge whatever you no longer want when you’re taking them out of storage. Believe me, I’ve had a lot of “what was I thinking” moments when going through old seasons worth of clothing as I go through the tubs!
3. Get rid of pieces you no longer wear
The fun part is deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. I typically like to make 3 different piles, one to keep, one to donate or sell, and another to toss. Of course I always keep the closet staples. These are the pieces you love and frequently wear. They’re well-fitted, on-trend, and make you feel great. Anything that doesn’t fall into this category either needs to be donated, sold, or tossed. The items to toss are always obvious. These are pieces that are pilling, missing buttons, or stained.
The in-between pile should comprise of lightly worn pieces or clothes that no longer fit. From here, you can either donate or sell them. I started selling my pre-loved goods on Poshmark, which has been such an easy and convenient process. All you need to do is sign up on the app and you can begin listing items directly from your phone. Once someone makes a purchase, you can ship the item with a pre-paid Poshmark label – no stamps required. Since shopping can get expensive, especially with a baby on the way, it’s been a great way to earn extra cash and make room for new pieces.
Do you have any tips on purging your wardrobe?
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