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Style Advice: How to Purge Your Closet?

Spring season is the perfect time to put away winter clothes and clean out your closet! The process of wardrobe cleaning can be time-consuming. But the end result of an edited closet is totally worth the time investment. Today, I wanted to share my method and tell you how to purge your closet!

Why should You Purge Your Closet?

Before diving in, let me tell you the benefits you get from wardrobe cleaning and why you should do it:

  • Spend less time finding clothes to wear.

Once you purge your closet, you will free up a lot of closet space. It will be easiser to view what you own and find what you need.

  • Spend less time figuring out what to wear.

After a closet purge, the remaining clothes are ones that you absolutely love and wear often. With less but better options, you will spend less time deciding what to wear.

  • Get a more coherent fashion style.

Your style and body evolves over time. Wardrobe cleaning is a great opportunity to purge out any clothes that don’t fit you anymore, making your fashion style more coherent and up-to-date.

  • Build a stronger friendship by giving away old clothes to friends.

I love giving away old clothes to friends. It’s a great way to reconnect with friends and build a stronger bond.

  • Earn extra money by selling old clothes.

Related: Style Advice: Why I Wanted to Build a Minimalist Wardrobe

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How to Purge Your Closet?

If you have already decided to do it, let’s talk about how to purge your closet!

  1. Get your favorite music playlist ready. Before you start purging your closet, play your favorite music playlist and turn up the volume! What type of music do you like? I love tropical house! If you need music suggestions, follow me on SoundCloud!
  1. Get two heavy-duty bags or laundry baskets. Label one with “Sell” and the other one with “Donate”.
  1. Start with a clothing category, ex. Sweaters, tank tops, etc. Take a close look at the clothes, try them on and then place them into one of the buckets below:

a. The closet – Clothes that you love and wear. Return these clothes back to the closet.

b. The “Sell” bucket – Clothes that you will try to sell first, and then give away the to friends. Or vice versa.

c. The “Donate” bucket – Clothes that no one wants. In this case, it’s best to donate them.

  1. Go through this step-by-step process flow to decide which bucket to place the clothes.

Step 1 – Stained? Out of shape? Destroyed? Have a cut? If yes, put them to the “Donate” bucket!

Step 2 – Try it on! Does it fit you? If it doesn’t, can you tailor it? Is it worth the cost of tailoring? If no to all those questions, place them in the “Sell” & “Donate” buckets depending on the quality of the clothes.

Step 3 – Now you have examined and tried on the clothes. They are in good condition, and they fit you well. Then, ask these questions first before putting them back to the closet.

i. Different but similar? If you have 5 little black dresses, you should give away one of them to declutter your closet.

ii. Forgotten clothes? Clothes that you haven’t worn for a long time or you have never worn before. Then ask yourself if you will wear it today. Be honest with yourself. If you will wear it today, then keep it. Ex. I haven’t worn this peplum top (seen in pic) for almost a year, but I am so glad I keep it! If the answer is a no, then you are probably not going to wear it. Sell or donate it.

iii. Cough-Potato Clothes. All of us have T-shirts that we never wear out to the street. Those T-shirts are mostly likely comfy but embarrassing to wear out. Throw them away. I personally think everyone should try to look presentable everyday. It’s a good way to boost self-confidence and productivity.

iv. Fancy clothes that you don’t have occasions or opportunities to wear. These are the clothes you love and pay a lot for. But you don’t have the opportunity to wear them, and they are collecting dust in the closet. Chances are that by the time you have an event to wear fancy clothes, you would want to wear something different. So sell them. Sell them fast so that you can get as much money back before they go out of style.

  1. Repeat Step 4 until you finish every category of clothes. It will take a while, but be patient. Wardrobe cleaning is totally worth the time investment. Maybe you will discover better tips on how to purge your closet. If you have more to add to this list, please let me know!
  1. Now that you finish filling up the “Sell” and “Donate” buckets, go sell, recycle and donate them! Remember to do it quickly. It’s so easy to get lazy at this point.

Related: Style Advice: 19 Different Ways to Sell, Recycle, and Donate Old Clothes

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What’s Next after Purging Your Closet?

Now that you finish cleaning out your closet, go enjoy the extra closet space. It can be tempting to fill it back up with new clothes, especially now when high quality clothes are so cheap to buy. To help you shop less but better, I have shared 10 ways to resist shopping temptations.

Related: Shopping Tips: 10 Ways to Resist Shopping Temptations

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My Experience on Wardrobe Cleaning

When I was cleaning out my closet, I almost threw away this beautiful halter top from Anthropologie. I bought it 5 years ago during college, and it still fits so well. Sometimes, wardrobe cleaning is a great way to reconnect with old pieces you love. It pushes you to wear your old clothes more often!

I also bought this 7 for All Mankind bootcut jeans from years ago, and you can see how I restyled it differently here.

Related: Floppy Hat || & Other Stories Wool Hat

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Have you purged your closet before? What challenges do you have with wardrobe cleaning? Do you have more to add to this list?

I hope you find this post helpful. Good luck!

Smile and style on!


Outfit Information

Trench Coat :: Burberry

Top :: Anthropologie (Old)

Jeans :: 7 for All Mankind

Purse :: YSL

Boots :: Todd’s (Sold out, Similar Here and here)

  1. Great tips! So happy I found your blog! I’m starting to only buy from sustainable brands and having less in my wardrobe. Where do you sell your clothes? Have any recommendations? Thanks!

    1. Hi Cheryl! I’m happy that you found my blog as well!

      I sold my clothes to different places, and I actually wrote about 19 Different Ways to Sell, Recycle and Donate Old Clothes. I hope you find it helpful! 🙂

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