Nothing feels better than doing a closet detox! Cleaning out your closet, getting rid of unwanted pieces, and seeing your wardrobe filled with goodies you love is truly the best feeling ever. A couple of month ago I revealed my walk in closet, but I never truly got into how to do a closet detox. Besides talking about style tips to make your life easier, one of my favorite fashion topics is having a good closet system. Today I figured I can share the importance about having a closet layout that fits your lifestyle and how to go about doing wardrobe detox. Remember, it isn’t about how glamours your closet is, rather how functional it is!
Finding The Right Time
Number one hands down! Schedule your closet detox as you would schedule your nail appointment. This takes time and you don’t want to start out of the blue. Depending on your wardrobe size this can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. I know this sounds like a lot, but think of all the time you will be saving getting dressed once its done. It will be ideal to tackle this process in one day, if that doesn’t fit your schedule plan for a couple of days to get it done. If a closet detox will take you a couple of days, have the days closer together rather than widely spread out. This avoids feeling overwhelm.
Have the Right Supplies At Hand
Don’t start this process without having everything you need. The last thing you want to do is start your closet detox and not have all the supplies you need, because you will never WANT to finish it. Make sure you have garbage bags, bins, organizers, extra hangers, and a clothing rack.
Think of a Functional Layout
You don’t need a fancy closet to have a good layout in place. You should be able to divide your closet into different categories. Have a section for tops, dresses, shoes, bags, etc. This layout should reflect your lifestyle. For example if you are working from home, your fancy dresses shouldn’t be front and center.
Stort By Categories
Instead of taking every single piece out of your closet at once, start by categories and work your way through. Maybe start with all of your bottoms; skirts, jeans, and pants. This is major if you need a couple of days to finish this process.
This is going to be the hardest, but most important thing to do when doing a closet detox. Deep down we know exactly what we wear in our closet, yet we sometimes find it hard letting go of items. But guys, if you haven’t worn it in a year, most likely you will never wear it! Now, do keep in mind we are in a pandemic. And like me, most of use haven’t really used most of our wardrobe. Pretend COVID doesn’t exist and ask yourself “Would I wear this tomorrow?” If the answer is no, it’s time to part ways. You can always invite a friend, FaceTime a friend, or hire a stylist if you struggle with this.
While going through your closet and deciding what to keep use a rack. Place all your heck yes items on it and make a pile of your no’s. If your wardrobe is fabulous or you want extra cash considered selling those items you no longer want. For the maybe pile, try them on. Sometimes we forget how awful or good it looks until we try it on.
Quality Over Quantity
Don’t fear losing clothes (you don’t wear) because of the quantity you will have left. We only wear 40-50% of our wardrobe! Crazy, right? And believe me, those good quality clothes (and I don’t mean expensive pieces rather than core pieces) are actually the pieces that can create a ton of outfits. So maybe your wardrobe will be smaller, but that doesn’t mean you will be wearing the same outfit over and over again.
Know What To Hang
Not every pieces requires a hanger. There are some pieces like sweaters that needs to be folded for it not to loose its shape. If you’re limited on hanging space considered folding jeans, workout gear, graphic tees, and loungewear items.
Off Season Storage
Whatever is in your closet/wardrobe should be pieces for the season you’re currently in. For example that cute sundress can probably be stored somewhere else during the colder months. Plus, placing these pieces in storage opens up your closet space and allows less stress when getting dressed. I recommend placing all your off season clothing in a spare closet. It will be easy to move and you can easily get to it if needed. If a spare closet isn’t something you have, considered clear bins. Keep in mind there are so many different bins from tall to shorter ones that can fit into your storage space.
Make a Shopping List
As you go through this closet detox, start seeing what your wardrobe is missing. I keep a list in my note section on my phone, that way while I’m out shopping I know what pieces my wardrobe is missing.
What Do You Do With Your “No” Pile?
There are two things, 1. You can sell them! Why not get extra cash in your pocket? I have sold my clothes to ThredUP, Plato’s Closet, local consignment stores, and Posh Mark. The other thing you can do with your unwanted clothes is donate them. I am a huge believer on what you don’t want, others can benefit from. Look into women shelters, city missions, and churches.
I know you’re thinking “ah, Mel are you crazy?” And the answer is YES! You have to make it fun, because deep down the last thing you want to do is another chore, right? This is your time to play dress up and simply shop your closet. Play some music, FaceTime a friend, or even binge watch a show 😉
What are some of your tips for a closet detox?
If you want to see my closet detox process, checkout my closet highlight on instagram