One of the first things you should do when conducting a major wardrobe overhaul is to take stock of what you already have. You can’t effectively build or rebuild your wardrobe when you are holding on to things that no longer fit you or your lifestyle.
To get this done, you will need a few trash bags or boxes. Before you really get into it, you may want to clean your room. It’s easier to work in an uncluttered space. Start by cleaning everything out of your closet.
Once you have everything out, start separating your items into three piles. You will need a keep pile, a donate/consignment pile and finally a trash pile. You will want to go through each item and try everything on to see if it still fits.
Ask yourself the following questions while cleaning out your closet:
- Does it fit?
- Have I worn it in the past year?
- Does represent my current style?
- If the item is damaged, am I ever going to have it repaired?
- If given the chance, would I buy the item again.
If the answer to any of those questions is no, then put the piece in either your trash pile or donate pile (depending on the condition of the item). Put everything you haven’t worn in the last year in the donate pile. Separate your keep pile into a "closet" pile and what will be stored (out of season items).
Consignment shops are a good way to make a little cash off items that are in great condition. You can take those items to a local shop or sale through online resale sores like Poshmark, Tradesy, Fashionphile or The RealReal.
If there are any damaged items, repair those that can be and throw away those that are beyond repair. Don't donate raggedy items, that's just down right ratchet. Complete those steps for your shoes and your accessories.
For more tips on how to edit your wardrobe and how to create a well organized closet, get a copy of my ebook Get Your Closet Straight: Closet Organizational Guide.
If you have any questions about organizing your closet or if you need a little help geeing more organized, you can email me or reach out to me on social media.