Whether you’re moving or looking for a productive quarantine project, a massive closet cleanse is just the chore. Personally, I think doing this at least once a year is a great way to edit your belongings and declutter your space. For me, this project was way overdue, but a recent move into my own place forced me to finally tackle the daunting task. A little backstory, before you judge my overflow of clothes—I used to work for a fashion website so I was sent a lot of freebies. I’m typically good about donating or re-gifting to friends, but my wardrobe quickly got out of hand.
Ahead, I’m sharing my process on how I effectively downsized my wardrobe and how I was able to part with over nine giant bags of clothes, shoes, swimsuits, and more.
I started with my dresser and removed every single item and made piles by category. Think: black tanks, white tees, bodysuits, etc. Once I had everything in piles, I then went through and made my edits. By doing it this way, you’ll see if you have duplicates, which makes it easier to part with items. For me, I had way too many simple black tanks.
I repeated this process for my activewear, sweaters, and swimsuits.
I was super organized when I made edits and had a pile to donate and then several different bags to give to friends and family.
For my hanging clothes, I used the same process by removing everything and then making sections of dresses, pants, skirts, and tops. After that, I started my “keep” selection and replaced those items with matching hangers (for the most part—I may have missed a few). I also organized the hanging clothes by category and length so it’s aesthetically pleasing and organized.
Items that I don’t wear often, like bulky knits and “vacation” clothes, I stored in a rolling container under my bed to save hanging space for the pieces that I actually wear on the regular. Truly surprised me how much space this saved!
Lastly, shoes. I finally parted with beat-up boots and damaged heels. I’m using my Poosh basket from our recent mailer to store all my boots right now.
Now, on to the fun part: figuring out the best way to store my belongings and organize my closet in my ~new~ apartment. If you’re an organizing expert living in Los Angeles and want to help a girl out, DM me @mscanga.
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