Maybe you're one of the few people that go through your wardrobe seasonally, but if you aren't it can be an overwhelming task to open your closet every day and struggle to put together an outfit you feel good in.
By holding on to pieces that don't fit right you are punishing yourself for being human. Most of us won't be the same size forever, and that's okay. Set aside the time (a few hours, honestly) to do a wardrobe clear-out and make getting dressed easier.
What is the goal of a Closet Audit?
Put simply, the goal is to remove pieces from your closet that are dated, stained, or that you don't feel good wearing. Another positive outcome can be that you may discover new ways to wear the pieces you keep (like those pants you forgot you shoved to the very back of the shelf).
Now this may seem like the most daunting part, actually doing it. The first thing you need to do is pick a day in your calendar and set aside a good few hours (around 4 hours is a good block) or if it seems too overwhelming, an hour or two spread out over a few weeks.
You'll need somewhere to take notes, either your phone or a good ol' piece of paper, and a bag or box for donations.
Take every single thing out of your closet, even the ones you wear daily and know you will keep. This will help you start with a blank canvas and an open mind.
As you sort through, make piles of things you know you will keep, things that need to be tried on, things to give away, and things you want to keep but aren't sure about.
- When was the last time I wore this?
- Does this still fit my personal style?
- Can I easily create 3 outfits with this piece?
- Does it fit me well?
If you come across pieces that you love but aren't sure how to style, make note of them. Try to find outfit inspiration online, maybe via Pinterest, and see if you already have pieces that may work to style together.
At the end, carefully place everything back into your closet and take note of any gaps in your wardrobe before going out and blindly buying new pieces.
Keep in Mind
This process will look different for everyone. If you aren't sure about a piece it is okay to hold on to it for a bit longer as you try to work it in to your outfit rotation.
Try to go through this process at least once a year, or once in the spring and again in the fall to make sure you are getting the most out of your closet.
This process should help you get ready faster by knowing all the pieces in your wardrobe fit you, and are things you enjoy wearing (rather than dread looking at because you know you won't wear it).
Closets can be emotional places, we have memories tied to certain pieces, and clothing can go a long way in how you feel about yourself on a daily basis. Give yourself the advantage of showing up looking and feeling your best in clothes that fit, regardless of the size on the tag.