Have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? You might need to minimize your closet. Follow the closet minimizer guide to a leaner and more stylish wardrobe.
Congratulations, you have decided you want to look your best and reduce the time taken to dress each day. I can help you with that. You can go slow & steady, assessing a few items every week or attack & show no mercy, getting rid of all or most things you don't need in a day or two. Scroll down for two simple methods to clean out your closets.
There is no right or wrong way to minimize your closet. Your closet. Your life. You decide. The following are simply guidelines. - mnmlgrl
The slow & steady (SS) minimizer method
Best if you:
prefer gradual changes
need time to let go of certain items in your closet
have a fairly large amount of items in your closet
are unsure of what to keep & throw
want to organize your entire closet
Create an inventory of all that you have in your closet - bring everything out or write it down.
Write down the activities you need your clothes for. Be honest. Plan for the life you live right now, not the one you aspire for.If you spend more time on the couch than at the gym then hang on to your comfy sweatshirts instead of the gym shorts.
Sort your clothes according to these activities starting with your most favorite
Try on this pile of clothes.
Keep only those items that look best on you, make you feel like a million bucks or are essential for your lifestyle.
Organize this pile in your closet/storage solution/suitcase etc according to color/season etc.
Box up stuff you are unsure of. At the end of every week, keep only those items that you remove and wear. Do this for 4 weeks. Get rid of what is leftover.
For items with meaning/gifts/emotional attachment - Photograph the item and/or yourself in it and let it go. Hang on to the memory instead.
Repeat process at least once every year.
The quick & dirty (QD) minimizer method
Best if you:
are organized or have a fairly curated closet
want to see quick results
know (more or less) what you want to keep & throw
want to organize only part of your closet
want to create a capsule wardrobe for travel/work/fitness/dates etc
Create a pile of all the clothing, shoes & accessories that you need & want in your closet. (These will most likely be your favorite pieces from the closet.)
Create another pile of stuff that you will donate or sell
Organize your keep pile in closet/wardrobe/storage solution/suitcase