7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet

For many of us, our closet is a black hole of miscellaneous items where we quickly find what we need and then immediately close the doors—and hope the clothes pile doesn’t come tumbling down. But, there is hope and it is called a closet purge.

It sounds bad, but it is one of the best things you can do to maintain your sanity and conquer the clothes pile when getting ready in the morning and being organized. For those of you who may find it difficult to get rid of clothes, shoes, etc., there are some questions that could help narrow down what goes and what stays:

clean closet with no clothes pile

Question 1: Does it fit?

Question 2: Have I worn it in the past 12 months?

Question 3: Will I wear it again?

Question 4: Is it in style/does it fit my style now?

Question 5: If it is damaged, will I take the steps to repair it?

Question 6: Would I buy this item again?

Question 7: Do I feel confident when I wear it?

If none of these questions apply to the item, toss it! Another thing to consider is if the item is versatile. Is the item of good quality and not damaged? Most importantly, do you love the item, even if you may not get to wear it often? If so, then keep it! I personally have a designer white trench coat that I can’t wear too often in Florida, but I got such a good deal on it and I love it, so it stays.

Now that you have cleaned out your closet, you have a clothes pile to reorganize and it can be very overwhelming.  Put all your items into specific pile such as summer and winter. Categorize your items in a way that works for you, because you’ll be more apt to remember where your items are. Even if you’ve lessened the load of clothes and shoes, not everything will fit just right inside your closet. It may be time to consider a custom closet to make sure that everything you wish to keep has a place and there’s even room for more. Since every person is unique, their closet needs are unique as well.

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