Every fall, my family and I do our semi-annual purge. We go through our clothing from the previous two seasons and decide if it’s worth keeping for the next 6 months, or if we need to donate it. I’ve been asked a few times how I can thrift, donate and create great outfits from the few items I keep in my closet and dresser drawers. It’s because we do this purge and I’m able to imagine the outfits for the next 3 to 4 months. So, I’d like to share some of my tips with you and show you how to clean your closet for Fall.
Tip 1: Stop being sentimental
Yup I said it. Clothing can have such a sentimental attachment to it’s owners, but it all actually, it’s just cloth. It’s meant to warm us up, and make us feel “dressed” for the day. I do love fashion, but I love keeping classic pieces even more. Give yourself permission to let go of pieces that may not fit your style, or that really should just be taken out of your closet.
Tip 2: Keep the classics
This works not only for adults, but for children as well. Pay attention to classic, timeless pieces and not only keep them for the next season, but take better care of them. The classic pieces are great for hand-me-downs or for consignment re-sales. Also, if you find trendy seasonal pieces over the next few months, you’ll be using your classic pieces of clothing as a foundation to your outfit.
Tip 3: Try it ALL on
The best way to decide if you are going to keep clothing is to see it on the model: you! Yes, you must try on each piece, even the shoes, to see if they still fit properly and look great on your body. If something doesn’t look great or doesn’t make you feel great, let it go immediately and don’t look back.
Tip 4: Clean your closet, literally
We tend to wait until spring to really clean our spaces within the home, but this is perfect time to spray down those closet shelves and drawers. If you pulled out your favorite sweater, and saw it covered with dust bunnies, you’d freak. Get to cleaning.
Tip 5: Donate responsibly
The best part of the purge is being able to donate the items you won’t use to those in need. Pass your pieces to Goodwill and you’ll not only be supporting a company who gives back, but your donations will create hours of service programs right in your own community. Goodwill has this cool Donation Impact Calculator where you can see how much your donations affect local programs. You can use their locator tool to find a Goodwill near you, if you don’t already know where it is.