Purging Your Closet: Top Tips For Keeping Just the Essentials


Make a Keep, Sell and Donate Pile

When cleaning out your closet, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of items piling up. That’s why it’s essential to break things out in to clear piles with a set destination. The core three piles should consist of the items you plan to keep, the items you plan to resell, and the items you plan to donate.

These three piles will help you to streamline the process as you sort through your closet. Additionally, we recommend you start considering where you would like to take the items in your donate pile. You can easily donate them to friends in need, or to a local non-profit.

The Non-Negotiable Items to Hold On To

Though the ultimate goal is to declutter and create space in your closet, there are a few items that should be considered wardrobe essentials. The most important items to hold on to are your basics and seasonless styles. Be sure to keep your go-to denim, and favorite plain tees. You don’t need too many, but it’s important to have at least a few basics as a foundation.

Most people have at least a few items in their closet that hold sentimental value. Whether it’s a family heirloom passed down through generations, or a thoughtful gift from a friend. Even if you don’t wear it consistently, it’s okay to hold on to these items. Be thoughtful when deciding whether or not they’re worth holding on to.

Weigh the Pro’s and Con’s

As you look through your closet you may be met with a few items that you’re not sure if you should keep. The best way to establish whether or not you should keep something is by asking yourself the following questions.

  • When was the last time I wore this? If  you haven’t worn this item in the last 3-6 months, that’s likely a sign that it’s time to resell or donate it.


  • Does it match the style of the rest of your wardrobe? How many items do you currently own that you could wear with this? We may hold on to something without realizing it no longer matches our personal taste and style preferences.
  • How likely are you to rewear it? There are likely many things in your closet that were purchased for a special event or occasion. This could include formal dresses, a costume piece, or workwear from a past job. Whatever it may be, if you plan to keep it, take a moment to ask yourself if you will really wear it again. If you’re not definitely sure, consider donating them to someone in need.
  • Do you have someone in your life who could put these clothes to better use? Although you might love a specific piece of clothing, it may be better off in the closet of a friend. Perhaps a pair of jeans you rarely wear that you know look great on them.  Sometimes it feels better to give an item to a friend than letting it collect dust in your closet.
  • Does it fit well? It’s not uncommon that you might stumble across a few pieces during your closet clean out that you love, but don’t quite fit the way you’d like them to. This could be those pants you never got around to getting hemmed, or an oversized sweater that doesn’t seem to lay quite right. Getting rid of these items will allow you to free up space for more tailored items that you’ll actually be able to wear.


Leverage Social Media When Reselling Items

Now that you’ve gone through your closet, it’s time to decide how to donate or resell the items you’ve chosen not to keep. One of the best ways to do this is by leveraging your social network or reselling apps to help your old clothes find a new home.

You can easily post on your Facebook or Instagram account that you’re selling or giving away clothing. Posting photos will allow your friends to digitally browse through your items. From there you can coordinate a plan to get them their new clothes! If scheduling all of that feels like too much work, you can also create a profile on an app like Poshmark or Depop where you can easily sell items online. This will also allow you to network with even more potential buyers than your personal network may allow.

You can also take your items to local vintage and reselling shops where you can get cash for your clothes on the spot.

Enjoy All Your Free Space!

Now that you’ve successfully purged your closet, enjoy the feeling of being able to find your clothes with ease! All this free space will make moving so easy, or at the very least free up room for your next shopping spree.

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