How to Clean out Your Closet When You Love Every Piece
What’s worse than having no clothes? Not being about to find the pieces you want to wear. Before you know it, you’re lying on a mountain of clothes on your bed like a scene from a rom-com.
We’ve all been here, Janes. When this happens, it’s time to take a brutally hard look through your closest to decide what you absolutely need/want to keep. It’s not easy to pick up a piece that makes you nostalgic, but you know you won’t wear again.
So, think of it as getting clear on your style, while solving the space problem. You might be able to treat yourself to a couple of new pieces. Hubs will be happier, you’ll panic less in the morning and have people wondering, ‘how does she always look so good.’
Cleaning Out Your Closet
The 6-month rule, revamped
You follow recipes for juice cleanses. Now, this is the closet cleanse formula. It’ll guide you to your ‘stay or throw’ conclusion, satisfying both the logic and emotion. Every cleanse is better with a bestie, right? Grab a bottle of wine, a donation bag and, get real and blast some throwback 80s and 90s music.
Your BBF knows you well. Your style, what you feel comfortable in, and whether you’re more of a culler than a keeper. Before you get started, give your Jane these questions… because once you get into “try this on” territory, laughing like you haven’t in ages, all logic will go out the window.
- Does it make me feel great?
- Do I love the way I look wearing it?
- Is it actually wearable?
- Can I match it with something else in my wardrobe?
- Is it a chore to keep it looking good?
If it’s in your ‘maybe’ pile, go through these secondary questions. Does it work with the rest of my wardrobe? No. Will I need to spend money to fix it? Yes. Is it an ‘around the house’ piece? Yes.
Then, it’s time for it to go.
Organising your closet
Once you’ve finished your cleanse, avoid falling back into ‘unhealthy habits’. Spend some time organising your space, with hangers, shelves and drawers. It could have been an organisational issue all along, but it’s always a good idea to cycle your clothes.
In your closet, divide your clothes into categories to save time. Group your tops, pants, skirts, cardigans, and coats. Fold what you can, dedicating a clothes type to each drawer.
Keep your accessories tidy with open-top boxes.
Move the clothes you’re wearing this season, front and centre.
And, that’s how us Janes stay stylishly-sane.
What are your tips for cleaning out your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments or share with The Jane Community on our Facebook Group Ask My Friend Jane.