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How to De-Clutter Your Wardrobe


I recently had a chance to share my wardrobe de-cluttering tips over at Glitter Guide, and today I wanted to make sure to share them here, too! Below are six tips on how to freshen up your closet for spring.

Take inventory of your current wardrobe, and evaluate your overarching style. Does it fit your lifestyle? Is it true to who you are? Does it align with the career you have or want to have? If there’s room for improvement, the turn of the season is the perfect time to make small changes to move closer toward a wardrobe that best suits who you are. Starting a Pinterest board (feel free to keep it secret!) for practical style inspiration before you embark on a spring shopping trip can prove helpful.

Want to get in touch with your inner minimalist this spring? Take a stab at a capsule wardrobe! Perhaps you’ve heard the hype about these seasonal collections of around 40 pieces—tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear and shoes included. While that may sound limiting, we can say from experience that the less we have in our closets, the more put-together we look and the more in tune we feel with our true personal style. This capsule wardrobe planner from Un-Fancy is the perfect starting point. Just print it out and fill it in with personal details and preferences—lifestyle activities, color inspiration, must-have pieces, budget. Consider this your roadmap for the season.

Yep—all of it! Before you can move forward with your plan, you have to know what you’re working with. The easiest way to see what you want to keep is to move everything out. This also gives you the opportunity to give your closet surfaces a little spring cleaning. Dust, wipe out drawers, sweep neglected corners and maybe even upgrade your hangers. It’s amazing how much more zen and boutique-esque even the tiniest closet can feel when all the hangers match!

As you’re moving things back into your closet, put aside anything that is stained or damaged, everything you haven’t worn in the last year and all the items that don’t fit properly. Put everything you want to alter in a pile to take to your tailor—and designate a concrete date and time on your calendar to do so. Don’t procrastinate and miss out on wearing those pieces this season! As far as what you’re getting rid of, there are several options. Consider selling items that are in great condition but that no longer fit your body or aesthetic. (Tradesy and Poshmark are great for this!) Items that are in good condition but not necessarily ideal candidates for resale should be donated. Toss anything that is stained or damaged.

Once you’ve identified what you’re keeping, further divide your wardrobe into two categories: things you’ll wear this season, and things you’ll put away in storage for a future season. You’ll want to put all of your warm fall and winter pieces away until the cooler temperatures return. (This probably goes without saying, but everything should be clean before it’s put away.) If you have a guest closet, utilize that space for out-of-season items. If space is limited, plastic under-the-bed storage bins and even space-saving vacuum bags can be efficient. Be sure to toss in an insect repellent and a sachet to protect your clothes and keep everything fresh. For extra special or valuable items, consult a textile expert to ensure proper storage.

Take a look at the items you’re keeping and figure out what’s missing from the mix, based on both necessity and current trends. Maybe you want a pair of gladiator sandals or a neutral miniskirt for the upcoming warmer months. Determining a budget and making a list before you go helps ensure shopping is intentional rather than emotionally driven. The change of the season is a perfect time to finally invest in pieces you’ve been thinking about for a while, and to try out a few new things that will break you out of a style rut.

Get creative! Now that you’ve pared down your wardrobe to include only the items you LOVE, it’s time to have more fun with what you wear each day. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns or try out new outfit combinations.

P.S. My year of minimalism so far :)

Image via Glitter Guide from the home tour with Stephanie Bradshaw.


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    April 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    These are great tips for anyone, but especially those of us who are about to move ;) I love the idea of taking everything out of my closet and dresser, and then starting from scratch. And knowing what I’m shopping for before I go shopping.

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    ali grace | cookies and grace
    April 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

    These are such great tips! I’ve just created a capsule wardrobe for the first time, and although it took some time, it has been so freeing. I have lots of things to give away and also to take to consignment. Now my closet feels so open and de-cluttered. I think the BEST and most helpful thing for me was to take everything out and start all over. Again, it took time, but it was really worth it! Thanks for all the helpful info. Thanks to you, now my mom, sister-in-law, and I are all give the capsule wardrobe a try this spring. :)

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      Natalie Borton
      April 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      So fun! It’s amazing how good it feels to clear the clutter and embrace the pieces in your wardrobe you love most. When there’s too much stuff, I get lost in it and feel like I have nothing to wear.

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    April 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I love this! Totally finding a coming weekend to get this done! Thanks for the great tips Natalie!

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    May 8, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Love it … I said to my sweetheart the other night, “I need to get control of my possessions” because my closet has quite literally exploded and very little of it is stuff I actually love and wear. This weekend I’ll be diving into purge mode so there’s a cleaner slate to work with!

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