2. Work In Sections

Before you start removing every single shred of clothing from your closet with abandon, I recommend organizing your clothing into sections for inventory and decluttering purposes. 

Below is just a suggestion for how to organize your clothing:

  • Tops (t-shirts, blouses, tank tops, cardigans, exercise tops, etc.)
  • Bottoms (skirts, shorts, pants)
  • Dresses (including casual dresses, as well as any formal wear)
  • Jackets and coats
  • Undergarments and pajamas (bras, panties, socks, shapewear)
  • Shoes 
  • Accessories (scarfs, hats, sunglasses, bags, belts, headbands, jewellery)
  • Swimwear

You may find that you can combine different categories into one pile, or maybe you need to divide a specific section into more piles based on the amount of clothing you have. 

Regardless of how many piles you end up creating, it’s important you have a general idea of what articles go where before you start taking everything out of your closet.

Next, choose one of the aforementioned sections and start to analyze each piece. 

Yes, this will take some time, but trust me, it is worth it. 

You want to ensure that every item that has a permanent space in your closet fits right and is something you truly love.

TIP: I recommend starting with the top section since it’s usually the largest part of someone’s closet. 

I also recommend creating a plan of action in terms of how you’ll tackle each section. 

If you’re starting with the top section for example, maybe it’s a good idea to keep the rest of the designated sections in your closet while you go through your tops.

TIP: Wherever possible, try on multiple items at once from the same section. 

Working with the tops section example again, maybe try on a blouse and cardigan at the same time. 

This will make the process much faster, just make sure you’re able to clearly see and analyze both items. 

Here’s what you should be looking for: 

  • Does the item have any rips or holes? Can those be easily repaired?
  • Does the item have any stains? Can those be easily removed?
  • Does the item still fit right? If it’s too big or too small, it might be time to remove it from your closet.
  • Note if the item is sagging or stretched. Can this be fixed by wearing it differently or accessorizing?
  • Does this piece need to be tailored?
  • Do you still love it?
  • How does wearing this garment make you feel?