How to Minimize Your Closet


After Christmas presents and Boxing Day sales, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of new items, and you might feel like your closet and drawers are getting overstuffed. Instead of waiting a few months for spring-cleaning, use the start of the New Year to do a wardrobe purge. Here are some tips on how to minimize your closet.

Have I worn this is the past 6 months?

We’ve all purchased things impulsively or bought something that looked great in the store, but not so much at home. If you haven’t worn something for 6 months straight, it probably means that you’re never going to wear it.

Does it make me feel good?

If a piece of clothing doesn’t make you feel at your best, it’s not worth keeping. You’re never going to want to wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

If I were shopping right now would I buy this?

If the answer is no or a drawn out maybe, it’s time for that item to go.

Does this match my style?

It can take years to create a cohesive wardrobe that perfectly epitomizes your personal style. You can start by developing a colour palate that you really love. Pick out your favourite skirts, shirts and pants to figure out what silhouettes suit you and make you feel great.

When you’re reviewing your current wardrobe, stick to your colour palette and favourite shapes and toss whichever items don’t match your criteria. Not only will it pare down your closet, but you’ll also be on your way to creating a cohesive wardrobe.

Is it still trendy?

Some new trends last for years and others…not so much. If something in your closet is dated, and you don’t see yourself rocking it again any time soon, that probably means it’s time for it to go.

Afterwards: Swap, Donate, Sell

Now that you’ve sorted out your closet, take everything in the “no” pile and make a plan for getting rid of it. If your clothes are still in good condition, donate them to a thrift store or host a clothing swap with your friends – even if you don’t like a particular skirt or t-shirt, it might be exactly what someone else is looking for. If you don’t like your designer purse or jacket, and you don’t want to just give it away, you can sell it to a consignment shop. But some things are just done. If a piece of clothing is ripped or stained take a deep breath and chuck it.

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