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How To Audit Your Closet

How to clean out your closet

Do you really know how how to clean out your closet? This is probably because I have to do it too often, but I have my own method that works quite well.

However, I agree with the opinion that perhaps I should research how other people do it, before I share my method with you, dear reader. So, I armed myself with a nice cuppa and took to browsing the internet with the search phrase “cleaning out closet tips”.

Oh. My. God. I just wonder why people complicate things? How many steps and lists and sub lists and CRAP do you need to sort out your wardrobe?

Cleaning out closet tips
How to clean out your closet

Now, maybe I’m over-simplifying this process, as I imagine for a lot of people there is a lot of emotional (and financial) baggage attached to some of their clothes. As a result, this prevents them from gaily flinging it into a bin bag and carting it down to the Salvo.

But, I am here to tell you that if you don’t look bloody fabulous in it, you may as well get it the hell out of your wardrobe.

In this case, tell me – what is the point in hanging a dress in your closet that when you put it on you internally go “mehhh, not so great”? That’s like buying a painting for your wall and every time you walk past it, you turn away from it because it’s just a bit “blahhh”.

If you don’t love it then get it out of your closet. BAM!

To further clarify this “complicated” process, I have lovingly crafted this flow diagram. Follow it carefully, as the steps are convoluted and awkward, and you will reap wardrobe wonders. Check also Three Modern Ways To Save Up On Wardrobe Revamp And Clothes Shopping

How to clean out your closet
Cleaning out closet tips

I’m really not sure what else to tell you.

I can write a list of things you need if you want to know how to clean out your closet?

  1. Your Wardrobe
  2. You
  3. Wine (not an essential, but always nice, isn’t it?)

Ok, that was fairly straightforward, wasn’t it? Of course, I want this to be simple if you’re doing it yourself. Otherwise, you’ll get daunted and give up half-way through which is even worse than not starting at all!

Wardrobe clothes
Decluttering clothes in the wardrobe

I’m sorry if I appear flippant. I guess for some the process may be complicated by the following factors, which I’ve given some solutions to.

You don’t have room in your closet to “move it down”

With this I mean consign it to a lower, less-accessible shelf. If this is the case in your house, stow it under the bed, or in suitcases, or in the top of the kids wardrobes. For sure, they’ll never know!. See you end of this post for a hugely helpful download that will make this process a breeze.

You don’t know how to use eBay.

This is one of my best cleaning out closet tips. For sure, I can guarantee that at least one of your friends sell stuff on eBay. If not, download the app-thingy onto your iPad or iPhone, and it’s incredibly simple.

All you really need is a PayPal account and a way to take photos of the stuff you’re selling. There are tutorials on eBay to begin with.

Cleaning out closet tips eBay
How to clean out your closet eBay

You can’t bear to throw things away.

If you came from a “clean plate” home, like me, I can sympathize with the urge to not waste money by chucking stuff away. However, donating it to a women’s refuge or just a thrift store means it’s being re-used. In this case, you’re not really throwing it away.

Clothes donation
Clothes donation cleaning out closet tips

You honestly don’t know if you look awesome in it, or not.

This is the biggest stumbling block of all. I’m going to suggest before you start your purge, put on some nice knickers and a decent bra.

Put your hair up and a bit of lippy wouldn’t go amiss either. If you look nice when you try stuff on, you’re more likely to feel better about yourself in anything you try on except for the items that are really grim.

Decluttering your wardrobe
How to clean out your closet

Chuck those out straight away. If you can rope in an honest friend, that’d be great. However, not everyone wants to prance around in front of their bessie in just their knickers.

A wardrobe consultant, however, does this for a living and will be honest with you on what does and doesn’t make you look fabulous.

In the real world, of course, we can’t just chuck out all of our clothes that don’t make us feel amazing. As a matter of fact, this is because some of us may be left with feck all to wear over our scanties.

You may have to go halfway and accept that you don’t look amazing in those trousers. Nevertheless, there comes a moment when you know that you can find the perfect pair to replace them and then ditch them.

Shoes and jeans
Cleaning out closet tips

Once you pack away your out of season pieces, there is a huge possibility that you will forget you have them.

This may sound ridiculous but if you randomly stuff wardrobes and suitcases (read also How to Pack Your Suitcase) without of season items, you may completely forget where you’ve put them by the time you need them.

In Summary

Surely, it may sound like a cliché, but if you really want to learn how to clean out your closet, you need most passion and patience for it.

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