**This post is the third in a series where I focus on “detoxing” our hair, skin (face and body), wardrobe, and home as a final step in closing out summertime. In each post, I shared some of my favorite tools, products or advice on whichever subject is the focus that day. Check out all the posts in my series and share any helpful tips or suggestions in the comments for others to benefit from as well!**
One of the most neglected tasks for me is cleaning out my closet. I’ll be hit with random bouts of inspiration after seeing a blog post about it, spend 15 minutes grabbing items that I know I won’t wear anymore, and then never actually complete the job.
Not only is it a waste of space to hang onto clothing that you know you won’t wear, but donating or selling it also gives someone else an opportunity to enjoy it!
Here are 3 questions I ask myself when I’m considering keeping or donating an item of clothing:
- Does it fit?
- Can I create a complete outfit with this item of clothing based on what is in my closet right now?
- Can I imagine wearing this over the next 1-2 months?
I’ve certainly bought my fair share of impulse purchases over the years. I have duplicates of grey v-neck shirts and own much more casual outfits versus dressier outfits. I’m a sucker for a good blouse, but I’ve realized that I just don’t wear them as much as I think I will!
The process of cleaning out your closet not only teaches you what you purchased and didn’t wear, but also shows you what you tend to wear the most.
When I’ve selected an item that I’ve decided to get rid of, the next step will be determining whether or not I’ll sell or donate that item. If it’s on trend or from a higher end brand, I typically try to sell it. I’ve had a great experience on Poshmark and would recommend that app for selling clothes! If it’s a bit older, I’ll donate it.
I wrote a post about how I transition my clothes from season to season, that you can read here, and I love the feeling of organizing my wardrobe and closet so it isn’t a cluttered mess of different season’s clothes.
If you have a hard time getting rid of clothes, try this tip: go through and select items that you don’t THINK you will miss, place them in a box or a bag, and put them out of your closet or bedroom. The farther away from where you get dressed, the better. In fact, hide them. Put them in your garage or your attic. Make a goal to not look through that box again for another month. Over the time that the box is hidden away, if you truly find yourself missing an item of clothes, go ahead and grab it. I’m sure you’ll find that you can live without more clothes that you may imagine! And when a month has passed, and you aren’t missing any of the clothes, it’s time to take that box to a donation center!
If you don’t have time to clean out your entire closet, divide it up in sections. Start with a sock drawer. Then move to tank tops. Chipping away at the smaller tasks will help you feel accomplished and empowered as you tackle larger groupings of clothes! You can do it!