I’m going through everything in my closet | The preliminary purge

Am I the only one who is tired of their clothes? Who has too many choices, so returns to the same handful of ensembles month after month? I have a closet full of stuff, but I constantly feel like I have nothing to wear. In fact, I’ve realized that I neglect about half of what I have, and I own a good amount of clothes I don’t even like. 

Back in January I decided that I want to be inspired by my wardrobe, not bored or overwhelmed by it, so I started to think about how I could revamp my closet, how to create a collection of useful and practical attire.

I landed on the goal that I only want to keep clothing and accessories that I wear and feel good in.

So, for the past eight months I have been cleaning out my closet, working through the steps below to go through my stuff and achieve my goal:

  1. Preliminary purge and organization
  2. Wear every item I own
  3. Evaluate my collection
  4. Enjoy my wardrobe!

For step one, I took a Saturday morning and went through every item in my closet and dresser drawers. I sorted it all into three piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash. 

Keep – Items I enjoy and that make me feel good, use often, or have special meaning to me

Donate – Items that are in wearable condition, but that I either don’t like, don’t fit me, or that I don’t wear

Trash – Items that are stained, ripped, or too worn to be used by someone else, or cannot be mended

I sorted through things quickly so as not to give myself time to overthink anything. Once an item was in the “Donate” or “Trash” piles, I did not look at them again. I then repeated the process by going back through the “Keep” pile a second time.

How good it felt to then organize, color code, and neatly fold the items that were left! 

To leave this post to the point, I won’t get into specifics on my organization process; maybe another time. Now, please excuse my while I bask in the yellowish-light that hangs from my super-tidy closet. 

xoxo Carly


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