diy guide: closet cleanout + wardrobe cleanse

closet cleanout + wardrobe cleanse Recently I tackled a big project... my closet.

For the past few months years my closet has been annoying me, and I finally reached a breaking point. I've constantly avoided the same items, reaching instead for my tried and true pieces. My wardrobe has felt cluttered and frustrating, and I've just continued to buy random items to try and fill it out. Creating outfits from a mash-up of  random colors and prints is obviously difficult, and I hate spending more time getting ready than I need to.

When I look back at all the money I've spent on clothes, accessories, and shoes, I'm pretty disgusted with myself, especially considering how much of it I actually wear. I feel embarrassed that I had collected so much stuff, wore so little of it, and yet still found myself complaining daily that I had "nothing to wear".

I knew it was time to make a drastic change, and that a huge purge was in order. I whittled my closet down to 1/4 of what it used to be and now it's only filled with what I love. Here's how I did it:

Out with the old.... in waves. 
This took me 6 weeks. I pulled things out and then put them back, and repeated that over and over. I wanted to hang onto things for the sentimental value, or for fear that I'd one day want to wear it. I also just genuinely felt bad getting rid of clothing that I'd only worn a few times, remembering what I paid for it and feeling guilty. But I had to let that go and concentrate on what items I felt good in; what things I wanted to wear again and again. Because I had so much crap in my closet, I had to get rid of things in waves.

Wave 1: Any item that I literally hated, didn't fit, I never wore, was flawed, or hadn't been taken out of my closet in over a year. Easy. (This is the wave I would normally stop at with my usual seasonal purges).

Wave 2: Any item that I generally avoided, that I could only wear ONE certain way, or that didn't make me feel great. Really anything that I couldn't see myself buying if I went shopping today.

Wave 3: Items that I liked, but that I hadn't worn in a long time or had trouble styling.

Wave 4: Items that I loved, were expensive, or had sentimental value... but just weren't getting worn for whatever reason. Either they didn't fit right or didn't fit in with my style anymore.

Wave 5: Items that I had worn recently and like, but that will always get passed up for a similar item in my closet that I love even more. No point in keeping the lesser of the two.

Donate, Trash, Sell. 
I started 3 heaps - donate, trash and sell. Pretty self-explanatory. Without any luck on independent closet-sale websites, I turned to trusty eBay and I made over $1,800.... all on clothing/accessories I wasn't even wearing! Once I started making a profit on old items, I felt even more motivated to purge more. I went back through my closet two more times until I finally had gotten rid of every last item I wasn't in love with. (To read more about my tips/tricks for selling on eBay, go here).

In with the new. 
Now that my closet is cleaned out, I can really see what's missing (and it's not bird prints, let me tell you that). I've made a shopping list of things I want and/or need in my wardrobe, and for the first time I feel like I'm on my way to being really content with my wardrobe. I also don't have to feel guilty about buying some staples that I need, because I'll be using money I made from old items. (To see what new items I added to my closet, click here.)

Now's a great time to purge! If you're feeling blah about your wardrobe/closet, take the plunge.

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