How to Detox Your Closet

5 years ago


The holiday season is behind us, the days are short, and the weather is bleak -- and you're likely spending most of your time inside. Instead of ignoring your resolutions this year, why not use that snowy Saturday or dark Friday night to detox your closet? Not only will this help to de-clutter your life, it will give you a refreshed take on your wardrobe and start your new year off on the right track. Put on a fun play list, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get organizing!


Start by taking everything out of your closet. You don't have to remove everything from its hanger; just put it all in plain view. You'll be amazed at what's gotten lost in the back or you've simply forgotten about!


The hardest part of really cleaning your closet is deciding what you can part with. I promise, you don't need everything you may think you do -- and if you really pare down your options, you'll be forced to come up with new outfits and have room for new investment pieces. My personal golden rules for deciding whether to toss or keep an item are as follows:

  1. If you haven't worn it in a year, toss it.
  2. If you don't love the way you look in it, toss it OR get it altered.
  3. If there are any stains, discoloring, holes or wear, toss it.

Now, I don't mean toss in the literal sense, I've never thrown away a piece of clothing. Donate it or take it to a consignment shop and try to sell it. You can also sell it online and there are several new sites such as Poshmark, Threadflip, and Klurry that make this easy!


Now that you've edited your wardrobe, it's time to organize. Pick a principle that makes sense for you -- for example, group all your work dresses, work blouses, going-out tops, and special occasion options together. Or, like me, group all your long-sleeve blouses, cardigans, blazers, and dresses together. You'll also want to decide what categories you reach for most frequently, so you can place them in the front of your closet.


Sort your items by color -- it'll make it easier to find what you're looking for and is more visually appealing.


We've all kept dry cleaner hangers for too long. Now is a time to assess what you're working with. I love super-thin hangers for most of my items, and wooden hangers from Ikea for my sweaters and blazers. Pants and skirts should be kept on hangers with clips.


Even if you're working with a tiny closet (like mine), it's important to display some of your stuff! Not only will it make getting dressed and accessorizing easier, but it will make you smile every time you see your display, trust me. I hang all of my sunglasses, headbands, and bangles on a pants hanger on the back of my closet door. I've also attached a rack for all of my necklaces, and a little hook for my belts. On the side, I've left room for images to inspire me when getting dressed.

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