Edit Your Wardrobe in 5 Steps

edit your wardrobe

It’s so easy for our closets to become heaping messes of unorganized clothes that we don’t really like. And while getting dressed in the morning can be a lot of fun, it can also be overwhelming when your closet is a source of chaos. I pulled together 5 easy and doable ways you can clean out your closet and define your wardrobe.

DiscardStart by throwing away anything you don’t wear or that doesn’t fit you. I usually go by 2 rules: have I worn it in the past 6 months? Will I wear it in the next 6 months? If the answer is no, it gets tossed into a Goodwill-bound bag.

**If you’re like me and it’s hard to get rid of things, keep your “discarded” clothes under your bed or in a storage room for a few months. If you find yourself not missing them after that time, it will be much easier to throw them away.

Update Hangers: Hangers are a necessary part of the closet aesthetic. I like the cheap all black plastic hangers (they are the least distracting to me), but you can also get fancy with wooden or velvet (which Amazon actually has a great deal on!) versions. Neutral and consistent hangers keep the focus on your clothes.

Organize: First by type, then by color. Separate your clothes into sections of pants, skirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, jackets, and so on. In each individual section, organize by color, then from light to dark.

Rotate Seasonal Items: Keep the focus on what you’ll actually wear by putting out of season items out of sight. I like to keep mine under the bed in storage tubs, but at the back of the closet is just fine too.

Shop (If Needed): Don’t shop just to shop – that will put you back to square one. Aim to fill in any holes your closet has. Quality basics are key! Stay true to your style and avoid adding clutter to your nice and neat wardrobe.


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  1. My closet is suuuuch a mess right now, I need to take down some of these tips!!
    Also, I’ve found that the velvet hangers are the best for me! They are a little more expensive but I hate when my clothes slip off the plastic hangers. Also, TJ Maxx always has them for pretty cheap!

    xo, Allie

  2. I cleaned my closet this spring and nicknamed the process “The Great Closet Purge of 2017.” I donated/consigned an embarassing amount of spring/summer clothing, changed all my hangers and I couldn’t be happier. Looking forward to doing the same with my fall/winter clothes!

  3. I need to do this so bad! There are so many clothes I haven’t worn in so long. 😬 I also do the trick where you turn your hangers around backwords and after you wear something you put it back the right way. After 6 months or a year, you get rid of the pieces that the hanger is still backwards!