Every morning I’d open my closet and instantly be overwhelmed. There were clothes hanging along the rail with were smushed together, there was dirty laundry scattered all over the floor, there was even a pile outside of my closet for new clothing that just wouldn’t fit in there.
And every morning when I’d go to choose what to wear for the day, I picked between the same five to ten items. Far fewer than what was actually taking up space in my closet.
On a rainy Sunday, I decided to dedicate the day to purging my entire wardrobe. It seemed like a daunting task between washing all of my dirty clothes and removing all of my clothes from the closet and dresser. And it was, until I broke it down into multiple steps.
Here are five steps to purging your entire wardrobe:
1 | Lay Out All of Your Clothing in One Area
Remove your clothing from your closet and dressers (and laundry basket if you don’t feel like doing your laundry, I won’t judge) and place it on a large flat surface. I used my bed, but you could also use an open area on the floor.
2 | Categorize Your Clothing into Piles Based on the Type
Separate all of your clothing into piles based on their types (t-shirts, jeans, dresses, blouses, pajamas…). I had about eleven different piles once I was finished. Organizing your clothing this way, as opposed to taking one item out of your closet at a time, allows for you to see everything you have of that specific type to get rid of things that are similar or duplicates (I somehow had fourteen camis! But since they were all placed together, I was able to make the decision to only keep four of them– one in each neutral color).
3 | Try On & Assess Each Item
Choose a pile to start with. Try on that item (or if you’ve recently worn it and know it fits, feel free to skip trying it on) and ask yourself the following questions:
- Does it still fit?
- Is it damaged?
- Does it still fit my current style?
- Have I worn this within the last year?
- If I were shopping right now, is this something I would buy?
- Do I already have something similar to this?
- Do I feel confident when I wear this?
- Is it comfortable?
4 | Place the Item of Clothing into One of Four Piles
Once you’ve answered the questions for the clothing item, place it into one of the four new piles (my keep and maybe piles stayed on my bed, while my donate and trash piles were banished to the floor):
Keep – Items you absolutely love that fit well and make you feel good when you wear them.
Maybe – Items you aren’t sure of right now. You can come back to this pile later.
Donate – Items that you no longer want, but are too nice to throw away.
Trash – Items that you no longer want that are either ripped or stained.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you’ve gone through the clothing type you started with. If there are any items in the maybe pile, return to those and make your decision before moving on to the next clothing type. Then, repeat again for the other types.
5 | Bag Up Your Donations and Trash While Congratulating Yourself
You did it!
Hopefully now when you place your ‘keep’ items back into your closet and dresser, you’re looking at all of the items you love wearing and it doesn’t look as crowded as it once did.
Before I went through each pile that was on my bed, I had 203 items. Once I was finished, I only had 99! I purged over half of my wardrobe in just a few hours!
Have you tried this method to clear our your closet? Do you use any other methods?