Every season I like to do a thorough cleaning and organizing of my closet, choosing what I will wear in the upcoming months, what fits, and what can be put away or donated. It can be tricky for anyone to organize their prized possessions, especially when the piece has an emotional attachment or you spent a good amount on it. I’ve come up with a few questions along the way to help you figure it all out.
- Have you worn this item within the last year?
- Does this item make you feel happy and confident?
- Is this item consistent with your personal style?
- Does this item have any flaws? (Holes, stains, seams falling out, fading, pilling, missing buttons/zippers, etc.)
- Do I see myself wearing this again?
If you answered no to any of these questions, get rid of it! Make five piles: Keep, Store, Donate, Sell + Toss.
For the clothes you wear frequently, keep them there. The items you will wear but it’s not the right season/weather, store them in air tight bags or plastic bins with dryer sheets. For the clothes that are still in good condition that may not make a lot by selling, donate them! This can be to a local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or through Big Sisters/Brothers.
The items you are getting rid of that are worth something and in decent condition (maybe an out of style Louis Vuitton?) sell it! There are apps like Vinted and Poshmark to help with the process, eBay can do wonders if you know how to approach it, and there are always local consignment shops. Consignment shops and sites like TheRealReal I don’t normally use because they take a hefty percentage for doing most of the work.
Always toss the items that have a substantial amount of damage, if it’s so beat up that you won’t wear it – do you think anyone else would want to? Most likely not.
Good luck and let me know what you think in the comments!