How to Simplify Your Wardrobe

Every few months I make an effort to purge my clothes closet, and there is one question that I have found helpful to ask myself when trying to decide whether or not I should keep specific items from my wardrobe.

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe


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If you’re interested in How to Simplify Your Wardrobe, the answer to this one simple question has made all the difference in my being able to do a successful purge:

If I had the chance to buy this item again, would I? 

In other words, if I were browsing a thrift store…walking through the mall…or shopping on-line, would this item catch my eye, and would I purchase it?

Not…Will I maybe wear this someday? or Should I hold on to this “just in case”? or I probably shouldn’t get rid of this because so-and-so bought it for me. But…

Do I love this piece enough that I would spend money on it all over again?

If the answer is yes, then I keep the item. I am probably wearing it – enjoying it right now – and glad that I have it hanging in my closet. If the answer is no, then I get rid of it. I’m probably not wearing it anyway. In fact, I’m probably passing it up every single time I go to pick out something to wear.

Simplify Your Wardrobe in Three Easy Steps

When I decide it’s time to tackle a closet purge, I tackle the process in these three steps:

Step One: Remove everything from my closet (or dresser)! This allows me to take a close look at each item. I check for stains/wear. I check the size – Does it still fit? Do I truly love the item? Do I actually wear the piece – not someday, but right now?

Step Two: Think carefully about each item that I return to the closet/dresser. I purge items that are stained/worn. I purge items that no longer fit. I purge items that no longer accommodate my current season of life. I purge items that I don’t truly love. I purge items that are high maintenance. I purge items that I pass over every single time I go to pick out an outfit to wear.

Step Three: Make smart decisions about what to do with items I have purged! 

What do I do?

Return any/all recently purchased/gifted items that still have the tags – Yes, even if I don’t have a receipt. Many stores offer store credit toward/or the option to trade for something I will actually wear.

 Sell higher end name brand items on consignment or on eBay (or another great on-line marketplace – new options seem to be popping up all the time)!

 Donate items! I love being able to help my favorite charities while also being able to take a tax deduction – It’s a win/win for everyone!

Not sure if you can find the time to attack this chore? Have you ever considered a Cleaning Swap? It may be just the answer you’ve been looking for all along! 

 While everyone will have a different approach to tackling their closet, these tips have helped us be successful in eliminating clothing clutter and staying organized! 

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  1. Great tips! I love the advice of thinking through if you would actually purchase the item again. That’s a great way to get rid of things that you don’t need and to have a wardrobe that you truly love!

    1. says:

      It has helped me so much, Barbara! This weekend, we’ve been tackling the garage! 🙂

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