The Ultimate Closet Clean Out Guide

Monday, March 20, 2017

*photography x Alexis Brianne Photography

This time of year has many taking inventory of their everyday life. You might even wonder where to begin. A great place to start is inside your closet. Today, I'm sharing styling secrets + a step-by-step guide to a successful Closet Clean Out! Here are 4 of my personal tips to editing your wardrobe.

Have a Clean Room + Turn Up Your Playlist
The first step to a successful closet clean out is a clean room! Nothing is harder than trying to organize in a chaotic environment. Start with a clutter free space. While you are at it, perfect your playlist. Music is the ultimate motivator to getting things done! I take plenty of dance breaks throughout my process.

Organize + Purge
Organization is KEY! The end goal of your editing should ultimately be to make getting dressed A LOT easier. Start with thinking about how you get dressed. Are you big on color or do you like to itemize your looks? When it comes to how to organize your closet, your everyday stye will tell you what to do. For example, when fall/winter rolls around it may be beneficial to organize by item {blazers, cardigans, sweaters, etc}. That way you know how much of one item you already have. This time around, I organized my closet by color, since that's what I love to wear during Spring + Summer. It also helps me to know what colors I need more of {red, orange, + yellow}, along with what hues I'm already mastering {S T E P A W A Y F R O M B L A C K...I REPEAT}!  While organizing, be sure to purge pieces during the process. Go through your closet piece by piece. If you are on the fence about certain items, TRY THEM ON! Then ask yourself if you have worn it in the last year. If your answer is yes, keep it! If the answer is no, it's time to get rid of it. If you are still struggling with a decision, ask yourself if you would still buy the piece if you saw it at the store today. Donate what you decide to get rid of + remember what you are choosing to donate does not mean it's old or outdated, it's simply a lifestyle change. Something that may not fit your life now may be perfect for someone else's next style step!

Now that you have organized what you will wear, it's time to store the rest. Living in Michigan, it's more beneficial to have a seasonal wardrobe. Be sure to store seasonal items in totes. This keeps you in control of your inventory. Plus, when the season shifts, you rediscover your wardrobe. Who doesn't want to feel like they are shopping in their own closet?

Take Inventory + Make a List
The final + most fulfilling step is to make a list! While organizing your closet, you will come across items you are missing, or pieces that need updating. Jot these items down! This enables you to shop with purpose on your next shopping trip! {Theres no better feeling thing walking right past that clearance rack at Target! YOU DON'T NEED IT GIRL!}

So, now that I've shared my secrets + tips with you, what's next? The good news is you don't have to tackle this task alone. Take advantage of my Closet Consultation service! This consists of closet organization, assistance in getting rid of pieces, + personal styling tips! You will also receive a complimentary Closet Must Haves checklist, designed by me!

You can find a detailed list of my styling services {here}, along with past client experiences and a button to book your style session. I look forward to helping you edit your wardrobe + elevate your style this season!

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