closet cleanupIf getting dressed reminds you of deep-sea diving or avalanches, then it’s time to do some spring cleaning! You may be giving unnecessary closet space to clothes you don’t wear anymore (those neon pink hot pants you absolutely needed four years ago) or those you don’t ever plan to wear (say, that faux fur vest you only got because it was on sale). Plus, a bursting closet hinders you from making room for items you lust after or those you should really invest in. We know letting go (in all aspects!) is heart-breaking, so we prepared a no-fuss list of closet cleanout protocols to help you toughen up for the biggest cleanse of your fashionable life.

Set a killer playlist to keep you going and going.
You’ll want to finish the purge fast, so upbeat music can help you get the party started! But if you’re the type who feels stressed or pressured when clean out your closet, pick a playlist of slow, relaxing tunes to calm your nerves. And oh, if you want a challenge, set an alarm to remind yourself to get things done as fast as you can. 

Assess your current style without considering the current trends.
Do you like wearing bohemian chic outfits? Are you more of the sporty type? Do you embrace individuality and prefer to wear bold choices a la Anna Dello Russo? As soon as you have narrowed down your signature style, it will be easier (hopefully!) to pick your wardrobe’s backbone.

Let ‘em all out.
Empty the contents of your closet and dump everything on the floor. This way, it’ll be easier to do a grand cleanse of your wardrobe, and you’ll quickly spot the items that are headed for the “toss” pile.

Set your priorities.
Divide everything into three categories:  Store (for safekeeping), toss, and keep. Items headed for storage are usually basic, for-keeps pieces that are affected by change in temperatures. (Example: Knitted sweaters take a backseat during summer, and sheer tanks take a hiatus during the colder months.) Heirloom pieces or those with sentimental value also fall under this category. Clothes that go under the “Keep” pile are those that flatter your current body and signature style. (See rule no.2)

Items you haven’t worn for over a year should go to the “Toss” category. Evaluate why you haven’t used each piece. Does it hug all the wrong places to accentuate your flaws? Is it too passé? Does it clash with your present wardrobe? If you answered “yes” to most (if not all) the questions above, then it’s time to bid those clothes adieu! Just let them go because a woman’s toss pile is another woman’s treasure.

Start organizing, really.
Prevent a closet mess and maximize the space by investing in adult stuff like organizers and slim hangers. Store jeans on one side, belts in one compartment, and so on. You can also stack your clothes according to color. Also, remember how posh stores hang their merchandise in slim, uniform hangers? Do the same with your closet and you’ll see a big difference! Using uniform hangers is pleasing to the eyes and saves a lot of space. 

Reward yourself.
Parting with clothes can be emotionally painful, but a wardrobe cleanse gives way to new beginnings (a.k.a. a license to shop for new clothes). Ask your BFF and sister to celebrate your closet cleanup through a glass of wine, a pampering sesh, or a shopping spree!

(Photo from Flickr.com; GIF from Giphy

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