How many times have you said, “I have nothing to wear,” or “I hate my closet”? If you’re dramatic like I am, that number is probably pretty high.
In reality, we’re probably never going to have our Pinterest closets, but there are some pretty simple strategies that you can use to form a closet that you love (most of the time). I try to stick to these four – two for cleaning out the closet and two for adding new items – and when I do, I find that it’s much easier to get dressed in the morning.
1. Donate Ruthlessly
Be super honest with yourself about what you like and don’t like. The items that you don’t like should go straight into the donate pile. There’s no use keeping them in your closet if you don’t like wearing them!*
2. Reassess at the End of the Day
When I’ve just worn an item all day, I’m very aware if it’s itchy or doesn’t fit right or just doesn’t make me feel my best. But sometimes I forget about that when I’m considering my closet as a whole. So I put items in the donate pile when I’m changing out of them at the end of the day. (And then I wash all of the “donate” items together right before I take them to Goodwill.)
3. Take Inventory
Look at your closet and see where there are gaps. Also pay attention to what you want to reach for in the morning. If you often think, “This outfit would really look good with a gray tank top,” it’s probably time to add a gray tank top to your closet!
4. Be A Picky Shopper
Don’t buy any item unless you try it on and love it. There’s no point in taking up space in your closet with an item that you just feel ok about. Hold out for the really good pieces!
Yes, following these tips might mean that your wardrobe is smaller than you’d like. But you’ll actually want to wear everything in it, which is a huge plus.
*Another strategy that works for me is donating in phases. I’ll move an item out of my closet into a “to be donated” stack in my coat closet. That way, it’s available if I realize that I’ve made a huge mistake and I need to wear it again. But honestly, that’s happened one time in the two years I’ve been doing this. It just helps mentally!
If you have other strategies for cleaning out (and maintaining) your closet, I’d love to hear them!