Confession: I’m a purger, with hoarding tendencies! I love a clean, well edited closet but I’m also sentimental, confused if perhaps something will come back in style, or maybe I’ll finally lose that extra 5 pounds so those fab jeans fit again. Ladies… it’s time to remove the emotion and get closet purging!
Katrina Aronson, a stylish friend and mama who owns Marston Boutique in Jupiter, Fla., recently added a closet editing service… just what my closet needed. I learned so much that I’m excited to share with you.
Want to clean your closet and make it feel pretty each time you walk in? Let’s take it step by step:
- Invite a trusted friend over if possible! In addition to Katrina, my girlfriend Erica joined and provided a really helpful extra opinion (kind yet straight forward!).
- Put three bins out: one for donations, one for items you want to sell and lastly, items headed to the trash (pilled and stained tees, etc).
- TAKE OUT EVERYTHING. I know, I know. This part sucks but it’s 100 percent necessary. 110 percent, in fact. Toss it on your bed, on your floor, wherever.
- Now, grab your glass of wine or coffee and get serious. This is happening and you’re going to be so happy! Pinky swear.
- Start reviewing each piece, and put back the obvious YES items to get them out of the way… just first think how you want your closet organized. Mine was originally organized by tanks together, short sleeve, etc but Katrina organized it by color with tanks and tops mixed in…. I would have never done that but the outcome is SO pretty.
- Next, also put obvious items in one of those three bins: donate, sell, trash.
- Now, the rest: hopefully this is a small percentage of your closet. Honestly, anything that’s a maybe you probably won’t miss anyway. For example, I had quite a few items I thought I loved but never wear because in the back of my mind thinks they might not fit/ill fitting or whatever. Fact: most didn’t look great, and they’re taking up space. Conversely, and kind of funny: I also had a few items that looked so much better since I got these! LOL.
- Try on each maybe item, carefully noticing the fit, where you’d wear it and how you’d style it, and if it is in style still. This is where having an honest, impartial and helpful friend is crucial.
- As you’re doing this, think about what’s missing from your closet, that each time you get dressed you feel like you have nothing to wear. Is it more basic yet fab tees, a great pair of black trousers, better quality blouses… it’s different for each person but determining your wardrobe needs will help you hone in on a well curated and functional closet.
- Put everything back, folding and organizing so you have a closet that makes you smile!
Great example: I haven’t worn this pair of white denim in ages because the length has always been just a touch too long. So, I put them on and Katrina walked through with me the best options for hemming (or grabbing a scissor, which is what I did!).
This is what happens when you get caught during a dance break!
Looking for more insight? Katrina shared three rules she lives by to help guide you through the purge, keep and buy process.