I don’t know about you, but I’m literally dying to buy all the things on my Autumn wish list, but given the state of my closet, I might need to 1. not buy anything else or 2. let go of some pieces that once made my heart rush with excitement.
Lately, getting ready in the morning has become a bore – I sometimes feel like diving into a sea of clothes not joking here, so I think a wardrobe detox is highly recommended in my case.
So, ladies put on a brave face, pour yourself a glass of wine (you’ll need one, I promise!) and have some boxes or plastic bags at the ready. Read below my top 10 questions to ask when cleaning your closet:
- Does this fit? Try on every item. If it doesn’t fit you or you don’t like the way it looks, get rid of it.
- Have I worn this in the last 12 months? Unless you were pregnant, what are the odds of you ever wearing that garment again, if it hasn’t appealed to you for a year?
- Is this garment currently in style?
- Does it really suit me? You’re an adult now. So do you reckon you can still pull off a mini skirt? If you feel confident wearing it, then go ahead and keep it.
- Is this garment a timeless piece? There are certain exceptions—that black-tie-appropriate dress, for example or that chic, midi leather skirt.
- If this is damaged in any way (e.g. rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc.), will I actually get this repaired in the near future?
- If I was shopping right now, would I still buy this?
- Is it likely I will wear this in the next few months?
- Can I wear this garment in at least 2 outfit combinations?
- Do I have something similar in my closet already?
If your answer is NO to any of the above, separate your unwanted clothes into 3 piles: toss, donate and sell. It’s easier to let go of clothing when you know that it’ll go to someone in need, or that you’ll be getting a good pounds in return. If some items are no longer in wearable condition, add them to the toss bag. If items are wearable but don’t have much resale value, you can add them to the donate bag. For everything else, there’s Depop – my absolute favourite selling platform. You can follow me here.
So what’s your strategy when cleaning your closet?
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