Ever thought about throwing away everything in your closet and starting over? Are you tired of wearing the same things all the time? Maybe it’s time for a wardrobe overhaul, and surprisingly, you can have one without spending a single dime. It all starts with cleaning out your closet—and here’s how to do it:
First, ask a friend to come over for a day to help with the process. You need someone who will be bluntly honest about what looks good and what doesn’t. Bonus points if this person also has a good sense of humor—you may as well have fun while you are revamping your wardrobe!
Secondly, have some boxes, bags, or bins ready for the big cleanout day. It doesn’t matter what you use, but you will need a way to organize your piles. You will have three separate categories: keep, storage, and giveaway.
On cleanout day, take everything out of your closet (and dresser drawers). And I mean everything. You need a blank slate, and taking everything out will provide just that. It will also make you automatically feel better to see empty shelves and hangers—an organizational boost.
Now is the time to be brutal. Find every item that you haven’t worn in the last year. If you haven’t worn it in a year and it isn’t a tuxedo or formal dress (or something that isn’t usually worn often anyway), then you automatically move it to the storage or giveaway pile. If it’s an item you just can’t bear to part with yet, put it in the storage pile and store it in the attic or basement for a year—then, if you still haven’t worn it or wanted to pull it out, you really will know it’s time to give it away.
When you find pieces you truly love, fit you well, and are a great color for you, place those items in the keep pile. But everything else? Those jeans from high school? Those dated shirts your mother gave you? Those heels you bought on sale but have never worn? Out they go! This is where having a friend’s help will save the day—an objective pair of eyes can provide needed clarity for what works and what doesn’t in your wardrobe.
Finally, go through your keep pile once more. As you hang things up and put things back onto the shelves, evaluate each item again. You may find a few more things to put in storage or give to someone else. Step back and survey your new closet. You will be amazed at how much extra room you have and at how easy it is to find what you need each day.
The best part? Now every single thing in your closet is something you will wear! You have created a whole new wardrobe without spending anything. Go you!