How To Build A Wardrobe On A Budget, Part 2

Friday, December 19, 2014

build wardrobe on a budget - closet cleanse

Cleansing your closet is the best and worst part of the building process. Best part because it is so stress relieving to rid your closet of all the unnecessary clothing and accessories. Worst part because it is so time consuming. It took about four hours to clean my closet out because I did this thorough cleanse. So I definitely suggest dedicating a day or a half day to this.

So how do you do a closet cleanse?

Cleanse often. // I try to do this cleanse at least two or three times a year. Why? First, it keeps your closet up to date. Second, it's a great reminder of what you have and what you don't have. Third, it's fun! (Or maybe that's just the organization freak in me...)

Pull everything out of your closet. // Everything? Yes. Every single thing. As you're pulling things out, separate them into piles of tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, etc. This will help you later on when you're trying things on and putting items back into your closet.

Try everything on. // This is extremely important. Look in the mirror when you're trying things on and ask yourself these questions:
     + Does it fit?
     + Does it reflect my five words?
     + Has it been worn in the past 6 months?
     + Can it be worn with at least three other items?
If you can't answer yes to all of those questions, toss it. I like to apply the Law of Fuck Yes to my closet. If I answer yes to all of these questions and I think, "Fuck yes! I get to keep this," then I keep it. If I answer yes to all of these questions, but still feel hesitant about keeping the item, then it's a no and needs to go. Be sure to go through this process with your clothes, your shoes, and all of your accessories.

Sort and organize as you go. // As you're trying things on and deciding that it's not going back in your closet, sort the items into a donation pile, sell pile, and trash pile. When you decide to keep an item, put in back in your closet and start organizing in a way that makes it easy for you to access items. For me, if I'm doing a summer cleanse, I put all my winter items that I'm keeping toward the back of the closet and keep all of my summer items toward the front. This makes it easier to find something during a season. If you're a freak like me, you can also organize your closet by color, sleeve length, and bottom length. (Yup, I really do that...)

What if you say no to some of those questions but aren't ready to part with it yet? If you really really can't get rid of an item, put it in a box under your bed. If you don't reach for it by the next time you have a closet cleanse, get rid of it then. It's okay. I have second thoughts on some clothes too. 

Get rid of the No's immediately. // Now that you know that these items no longer have a purpose in your closet, decide what to do with them. There are a lot of options. If you have items others would want, sell them on eBay.  If not, take the clothes to a women's shelter, homeless shelter, or Goodwill. Someone somewhere may need the items you no longer want. Do this as soon as possible because you don't want anything to magically end up staying behind!

That's it! Painless, right?

Are you planning to do a closet cleanse for the new year? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

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Visit the other posts in this series:

Part 1: Inspire
Part 2: Cleanse
Part 3: Build


  1. Such great tips, building a wardrobe is not easy!

  2. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for reading! :)