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Closet Cleanout: How to Look and Feel Your Best

January 11, 2014 2 min read

Trends come and go in fashion, but always manage to keep a lengthy stay in our closets. This can lead to wearing outdated and ill-fitting clothing in public and it only takes one negative comment for you to start questioning your ability to properly dress yourself.

To keep looking your best, you should edit your closet at least once a season. For even better results, sort through your clothes once at the very beginning of the season and again just as it’s ending. When doing so, ask yourself three questions about each item.


1. How do you feel when wearing it?

2. Is it appropriate for your current body and lifestyle?

3. Would you wear it instead of something new?


1. Is it trendy or timeless?

2. Would you buy it again?

3. Were you able to incorporate it into multiple outfits?

While answering these questions, place your clothes into piles:

1. Keep

2. Maybe

3. Donate/Sell

4. Discard

If you didn’t immediately love an item, place it in the maybe pile. This pile can be revisited in two weeks and if you don’t take something out of it during that time, it doesn't need to be kept. These clothes can then be donated to thrift stores, such as Value Village and Good Will or sold to in store or online consignment stores, such as Trend Trunk (https://www.trendtrunk.com). All damaged items should be discarded unless it can be repurposed.

You may end up with quite a few less items than you originally started with, but that will allow you to easily assess your current style. For example, if you’re left with a lot of black clothing, you may feel inspired to start experimenting with more colour, or perhaps realize that although it may all be black, the clothes lack in style variety, leaving you on the search for the perfect dress instead of another pair of pants.

In the end, we’re always drawn to what we don’t already have. Be critical during the editing process, as it is very easy to get emotionally attached to your clothes.

To help you decide which items to part with, place all of the hangers in your closet in the same direction. Once you’ve worn the item, place the hanger in the opposite direction and at the front of the closet. This will allow you to better evaluate how often you use the item and in return, help you to eliminate those left in the back of the closet.

After all that work, you don't want to bombard your newly edited closet by buying just as many items as you had eliminated. When shopping, stick to one simple rule. For every new item you add to your wardrobe, either sell or donate two items you already own. Your closet will be constantly organized, you'll be looking your most fashionable and feeling great about how much you've been able to part with.


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