As a new season approaches we are all thinking about what to wear next and what to buy now. However, does your closet need an edit? Here are 5 easy ways to edit your closet to make sure you’re always ready for a new season but not always buying.
This is a great way to love your wardrobe again and maybe start more of a curated wardrobe. Since doing a very deep closest clean out last Summer I have found pieces that I now love to wear.
For the first time, I finally feel like I am starting to really love my wardrobe. I know there are still some pieces that need to be edited out and I assume this will always be a work in progress.
Editing a closet can seem like a daunting and emotional task but once you do it, you will feel relieved and refreshed. There are 5 easy ways to edit a closet that I always follow.
- Pull everything out and go through your entire wardrobe.
- Make a pile for donate, sell, keep tailor.
- Sell items to reinvest back into wardrobe and repair items worth keeping.
- Organize everything once you’ve completed steps 1 and 2.
- Reinvest and rebuild wardrobe.
Pull Everything Out Of Your Closet
Take the time to pull everything out of your closet, this can seem like a daunting task but this is one of the most important. You have to know what’s in your closet to know what to edit out.
Even those pieces in the back of your closet or the ones you wear once a year, pull them out and take stock.
Also, pull out those seasonal pieces you may keep in another closet or drawers somewhere else in your place because they count as well. Nothing is off-limits here and take out the emotion of your items. A closet edit doesn’t work if you’re emotional about every piece you own.
The items that don’t work any longer are torn, faded, stained, have holes, lots of pilling, and just look worn. Also, gather items you haven’t worn in years.
I am guilty of this but if you haven’t worn it in the last year chances are you are never wearing it again. So bye-bye it goes.
Also, think about your lifestyle and what you would consider your “daily uniform.” I tend to wear jeans, a top of some sort, a blazer and flats or sneakers. So, I am probably going to keep most of these items.
Remember the 80/20 rule because this also applies to your closet. You wear 20% of what’s in your closet, 80% of the time.
Donate, Sell, Keep, & Tailor
As you’re sorting your items make 4 piles to either donate, sell, keep, or send to the tailor. When deciding on which items to keep, there are a few questions I ask myself first.
- Do I love this item? Do I feel confident and comfortable when wearing it?
- Does it still fit and flatter me?
- Have I worn it in the last year? If this answer is NO, then it’s time to part ways.
If you decide to sell the time, there are plenty of places online you can sell gently used items that are still in great condition.
Resell or consignment stores are also a great local place to sell your gently used items.
What about the items that maybe just need a little tailoring? A pair of leather shoes that need to be repaired? A bag that needs leather cleaning? Or even a blazer that needs a few buttons to sew on and it would be perfect.
Sell Items To Reinvest Back Into Wardrobe
For those items that you aren’t keeping but would like to sell, there are great sites online depending on your item plus how much work you want to do.
This is a great way to help edit your closet plus make some money you can in turn use to reinvest back into your wardrobe.
Poshmark– I’ve been selling on Poshmark for years, you can find me here, and it’s a great site that will take all your basic items plus even takes kids’ clothes now. You have control of what you’re selling and for how much based on the picture you upload. Once someone makes the purchase it’s your responsibility to box and ship the item. However, Poshmark will pay for the shipping. You can sell higher-end items on here but for less than you would make off other sites. Since this site has been around for years now sometimes it’s harder to sell on here. It’s not a place if you’re looking to make your money back quickly.
ThredUp with Banana Republic– This site is a little like Poshmark when it comes to the items they will take. However, the only work you do is put it into the thredup bag and they do all the work. I have used this site twice in partnership with Banana Republic. You can get a thredup bag at any Banana Republic store and all you have to do is activate the bag online with a specific code. Then you mail the bag (free of charge) with your items and thredup decides what they will take and they donate what they don’t take. Then they email you a gift certificate to Banana Republic with a value they’ve taken of your items. Again, you’re not getting rich off this site but I have been able to buy a few nice pieces with the gift certificates.
The Real Real– This is the site to sell your designer and higher-end pieces. You ship your item(free of charge) to them and they will authenticate, take pictures, and list your item. If your item sells you will make a portion of what they sold it for, the Real Real keeps the other portion. I have had great luck with this site selling designer shoes and bags.
Now that you’ve done the work of deciding what stays and what goes(by far the hardest part) it’s time to get organized.
Find a home for everything and I mean everything. Have a bunch of scarves that need a home. Fold them up neatly and put them in a basket. Make sure you can see all your items at this point wherever you put them.
The worst thing to happen would be to do a huge closet cleanout but then hide half the items which leads to never wearing the item.
Use social media outlets like Pinterest or IG to see how people organize their closets and drawers.
Once you’ve organized your items you can see what space-saving items to buy now. Always start with your hangers and go with space-saving ones. My favorite ones are from Amazon and come in lots of different colors.
Purchase space-saving drawer dividers to make your drawers more versatile and able to hold more items in an organized way.
If you’re really tight on space you might want a clothes rack where you can easily hang additional items like jackets or tops.
Reinvest and Rebuild Wardrobe
The best part of the closet edit is rebuilding your wardrobe. This should be a slow and steady process though because if not you’ll end up right where you started.
Make a running list of items you need now and stick to the list.
Go for lots of basics at first and add in as needed.
Take time to fill your closet again, spend your money wisely, and on classic and timeless items. In no time you’ll have a closet full of items you love to wear year after year.
Space Saving Essentials
Velvet hangers are great to use when you have little to no closet space. This was one of the first things I did when we moved into our house. Having no closet space, I converted all our thick wooden ones over to the velvet hangers to utilize the space better.
Using a clothing rack is a great way to be able to see all the clothing pieces you have when decluttering a closet. You can organize your clothes by category and place them on the clothing rack then you have a way to look at them piece by piece. A clothing rack is also a great way to store pieces as well when you’re tight on closet space.
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