As the seasons change, it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe. Whether you cycle your clothes out with the arrival of new seasons or you’re simply looking for a way to make more space in your closet, the arrival of fall is an excellent opportunity to take a better look at what’s sitting in your closet that you no longer need.
1. Keep, Toss, Donate
Go in prepared to do the job completely! Start with three piles: one to keep, one to donate, and one to throw away. Ideally, you want to start with a garbage bag (for the items that will be thrown away) and a box (for the items that will be donated) already in hand. If at all possible, the bag and box should be opaque so that you can’t peek back in later and decide to keep items that you don’t really want or need.
2. Be Honest
Have you been keeping that old sweater around in the hopes that you’ll lose 20 lbs that you gained more than five years ago? Is there a particular shirt that was given to you by someone special, but that you never actually wear? Be honest with yourself and go ahead and move those items out to make room for more. Fill your closet with items that you love and will wear, not with items that simply take up space. Be decisive! Once an item goes in the “toss” pile, it doesn’t come back out.
3. Try Things On
If you’re not sure whether or not you want to keep a specific item of clothing–perhaps it was getting a little too tight at the end of last season, or you don’t really remember how it fit because you didn’t wear it much last year–take the time to try those items on. If they suit you, great! You’ve got another item of clothing that you’ll love wearing this fall. If they don’t, go ahead and move them out to make room in your closet for items you do need.
4. Check for Holes and Stains
As you’re going through your clothes, check for items with holes and stains. Remember that you don’t want to donate any items that aren’t wearable–nor are you likely to wear them. Keep a couple of old, stained outfits around for those messy jobs that need old clothes. Make a deal with yourself over the rest: if you don’t tackle that stain or sew up that ripped seam within a month, you’re not going to, and those items can go on in the trash.
5. Take Inventory
While you’ve got your clothes spread out, take the time to make a basic inventory. Now that you know what you really have available, take the time to think it through. Do you have enough jeans for the fall and winter? What about leggings? Do you have an excessive number of black t-shirts and not enough of those little pops of color that you love? Ask yourself several key questions to prepare your fall shopping list.
- What do you really need? Include items that you don’t have enough of or items that are significantly worn out and need to be replaced.
- How can you mix up the outfits you already have? Consider pairing up some of your clothes to allow you to see what you really have. For example, that favorite blouse might really need a great pair of pants to go with it; and if all of your shoes are black, you’ll need a brown pair before you wear that brown jacket you picked up on clearance last year.
- What do you want? A steady stream of black outfits, for example, will allow you to wear clean clothes every day, but might not bring you the thrill that simply adding a colored scarf or jacket will bring to your day.
- What will you actually wear? If you’re hot-natured, a closet full of sweaters will just sit there all fall and winter. A cold-natured individual, on the other hand, needs enough warm, fuzzy sweaters to cuddle up in each day.
- How often do you do laundry? If you’re the type to wait too long between loads, a capsule wardrobe might not be the right choice for you. If you do laundry every couple of days, on the other hand, you can do a lot of mixing and matching!
6. Put It All Back
As you’re putting clothes back in your closet, flip the hanger around backwards. As you wear each item, turn the hanger back around and store it correctly. At the end of the fall season, you’ll be able to easily tell what you wore and what you didn’t–and that will make it easier for you to clean out your closet when the next season rolls around. This is also a great time to move warm-weather clothing out of your closet to make it easier to see what you already have available.
By cleaning out your closet, you’ll learn exactly what you have to wear this year. Not only will you clean out some room, you might just find some treasures lurking in the back of the closet that you’d forgotten you had to wear.
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