Closet Cleanse

It’s that time of year…when the itch to spring clean gets kicked into high gear and organizing takes centre stage. I have been meaning to attack my closet for so looooong! It seemed an impossible feat this time because I have several different sizes living inside my closet right now - thanks very much to my (surprise) baby boy! But I decided to go ahead and give my closet the cleanse it so desperately needed.

There are a lot of different cleansing methods out there and sometimes it seems overwhelming to even begin. It is a timely process, but a closet that feels fresh, clean and inspired - filled only with pieces that you love - will give back to you in many ways. 

Here is a super easy, quick and simple way to cleanse your closet:

STEP ONE

Remove all of the items in your closet. Seem crazy? Removing every item will force you to look at each piece - something you may not have done in years! 

STEP TWO

Be honest. Be strict. Ask for another opinion if needed. One by one, look each item over and ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Does this fit me now?
  2. Do I feel good when I wear this?
  3. Can I make more than one outfit with this?

If you answer “no” to any of these questions, put it aside and move on to the next item. This is not the time to be sentimental - I can promise you that your clothes do not have feelings!

STEP THREE

Hang your “yes” clothes back into your closet in sections, divided by type of clothing; i.e.. place sweaters with sweaters, blouses with blouses, etc. as well as in color code - lightest to darkest. This may seem way too intense, but color coding your wardrobe makes for very easy finds and simple outfit pairing. For items that are not hanging, fold them so you are able to see exactly what they are. 

Any item you are unsure of or not ready to part with, place in a storage bin and set the bin somewhere out of sight. If you do not go back to it during the season, let someone else love it. All of the “no” items you set aside can be brought to a consignment store, given away to friends or donated to a local charity.

Buy less, choose well.
— Vivienne Westwood