How to Clean Out Your Closet (The RIGHT Way!)

Having to clean out your closet is probably the worst chore you can have. That's why I usually put it off for years. As I mentioned in this post, the last time I cleaned out my closet I found stuff from over 3 years ago that I hadn't touched… and I moved two years ago.

But that is because it's so overwhelming trying to get rid of things. We have sentimental memories with these different items and it makes it difficult for us to move on. But when we don't get rid of things, we accumulate so much stuff, to the point that we can't keep up with it anymore.

So I created a guide filled with questions for you to use as you go through your closet to help you decide what needs to stay and what needs to go.

 

DO YOU LIKE THE COLOR?

If not, you probably won't wear it often. You want to stick with colors you absolutely love when building a minimalist wardrobe. For me, my colors are Navy, White, Gray and Black. Does it mean I stick to these colors? No. But the majority of my clothing falls into those categories.

DO YOU LIKE THE CUT?

Building a minimalist wardrobe relies on comfort. If you don't like the way something is cut, you could be uncomfortable when you wear it. If you don't feel comfortable in it, then it has no place in your wardrobe.

DO YOU LIKE THE LENGTH?

See reason above.

DOES IT FIT?

It's not just about comfort, it's also about the way it actually looks on your body. If you have a button up shirt that is gaping across your chest, it doesn't fit you properly. If your jeans are so loose that you can hold the waist-band an inch out from your body, you need new jeans.

DOES IT ACTUALLY FIT?

Yes, I'm asking you again. Because I can guarantee that you just tried to rationalize in your brain that you should hold on to something that doesn't fit you properly. If it doesn't fit, get rid of it. If you're unsure, ask your most honest and blunt friend. I know everyone has one of those. Second opinions are always welcome when it comes to cleaning out your stuff.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WORE IT?

If it has been longer than a year since you've worn it, it probably doesn't have a place in your closet. Exceptions include a good winter coat. Keep your wardrobe current and quit buying clothes you only wear once!

DOES IT HAVE SENTIMENTAL VALUE?

This is the one question that can save something. I am in no way telling you to throw out your wedding dress. I love vintage pieces that have been passed down in the family. If something has sentimental value, true sentimental value (not “I wore this on the first day of high school”), then hold on to it.

CAN YOU REPURPOSE IT?

One of my plans with a lot of my t-shirts I accumulated throughout my college career is to have someone make a t-shirt quilt out of them. This way, I still have the memories tied in with those shirts, but I don't have a ton of t-shirts laying around that I don't wear.

I hope this guide has been helpful for you all! Remember, once you've gone through all of your things, divide it into two piles: trash (for those clothing items that are just too worn out) and donate! There are many people in this world who don't have adequate clothing.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD TO CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET? WHAT MAKES YOU NERVOUS ABOUT CLEANING OUT YOUR CLOSET?

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  • If I were to pick a favorite outfit of the week, it would probably be Tuesday’s. The office I work in gets really cold, so even though it’s in the 70’s in Texas, I have to dress warmer for work. Anyone else work in an icebox? ❄️
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  • Is it bad that I kind of want it to get super cold again so I can wear this coat? 🙈 I got it at a vintage shop in Deep Ellum called @fleastyle. It’s been in the 70’s all week in DFW, which means it’s officially time for me to switch my closet over to spring. Would y’all like to see a post on the blog about switching over your closet? Let me know in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Sooooooo I didn’t get the chop... yet! Why? Because this was my first time having a new stylist cut my hair in about 10 years. I would have gotten it cut before I moved, but I didn’t realize how bad of shape it was in! How long have you gone to your hair stylist? 
I highly recommend Liz at @metsalonco in Plano! She completely understood and put my fears at ease. I’ll be seeing her again in a couple months to do something a little more drastic! 😉
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I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I’m trying to decide if I should keep it long or get a lob. .
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  • Yesterday, I DELETED over 500 😱 followers from my Instagram, and I’m SO HAPPY I did. I took the suggestion from another blogger, @austentosone, to go through my followers and check for spam accounts. I thought I’d have a few, but y’all, it was out of control. •
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Today on the blog, I’m sharing why I deleted all those followers and more about my intention for MINIMALISTA.
  • Who else is happy it’s spring? 🌸
Confession: I still haven’t switched my closet over. My parents are coming to town this weekend, so I’m going to wait until after their visit to switch over. 🌷
Because I still haven’t unpacked my spring clothing, this is a #tbt to my trip to NYC over Labor Day. This top is the Texture & Thread brand at @madewell, and it will definitely be featured again this spring! While this exact print isn’t available anymore, there are some solid ones in beautiful colors. Both of the tops I did find at Madewell are under $40! #LTKunder50 🌼
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  • What is one item you have in your closet that you consistently use? Today, I’m wearing this top I got 7 years ago for spring. It’s amazing how long clothing will last when you take care of it! 
But aside from this top, I don’t have a lot of spring/summer clothing. So yesterday I shared 8 items on my wishlist for spring! You can check that out by going to the link in my profile. 
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  • What do you wear on days where the weather can’t decide what it wants to do? In Dallas today, it’s 60 degrees but gloomy and rainy 🌧 so we can’t go out and enjoy. 
I’ve had this tote from @nisoloshoes for three years now and it’s still the best bag I’ve ever purchased. The exact style isn’t available anymore (the Joann tote), but I’ve linked the Lori tote which is similar! Plus, with @afterpayusa, you can purchase ethically while being a bit easier on the budget! 
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