The New Year’s Closet Cleanse 101

Clothing is one of the toughest things to declutter. It is a basic necessity but also a burden. Everyone knows the feeling: too many clothes in the closet but nothing to put on. With all the after holiday sales going on right now, and spring right around the corner, adding new clothes will not reduce the stress. So here are some tips to decluttering your closet.

1. SORT INTO 3 PILES: KEEP, TOSS, MAYBE

Start by sorting all your belongings into three piles: keep, toss, and maybe. Do it quickly and go with your gut on this one, because you will have time to go through these piles individually. This is just the initial sort. Keep items you really love and wear often. Toss items that you don’t really wear or don’t like anymore. Use the maybe pile for items you’re on the fence about.

2. WOULD YOU BUY IT?

For items you’re unsure about, ask yourself if you would buy the item now if you saw it in a store. If the answer is no, then add it to the toss pile. Personal tastes change over time, and that micro mini you bought in your early 20s might not have a space in your closet anymore, and that’s okay.

3. 1 YEAR LIFESPAN TEST

For items in your keep and maybe piles, see if you can recall a time you’ve worn it in the past year. If the answer is no, then they can go straight to the toss pile. For seasonal items like winter coats and bathing suits, extend the length of time to 2 years.

4. ORGANIZE

Lastly, arrange the pieces you are keeping by color and type. I like to hang all my blouses together and then coordinate them by color. I do the same for sweaters, dresses and basics. Again, make things visible and eye-level so that you can find them quickly. Remember, the more organized you are, the less stress you will have getting ready.

5. DONATE YOUR TOSS PILE

Just because the items in your toss pile don’t have a place in your closet anymore, they might still catch the eye of someone else. Donate your toss pile to your local clothing bank to give them a second life.

6. Style Organization Apps

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Today, there are countless apps and websites that can help you sort your clothes, keep track of all your garments and ensure that you never run out of new and interesting combinations. You can organize them and put outfits together right on your phone or tablet. I use Stylebook

If you need guidance with reinventing your wardrobe? Head to www.openstile.com and book a FREE personal style session with neighborhood boutiques. Curated outfits waiting for you upon your arrival. Personal style for the everyday woman. Happy styling!

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