I reeeeeeaaaaalllly like clothes. I don’t just like clothes. I love them, I dream about them, and I need all of them. But recently I found myself staring at my closet morning after morning wishing and wanting for something to wear. I had stacks of sweaters, rods of hangers, and shelves of jeans and still felt like I had nothing to wear.

I made a decision then and there to clean out my closet and get rid of everything I didn’t love. I also decided to be more selective about my clothing purchases so I could maintain a closet of items that I truly loved.

I wanted to wake up in the morning, put on anything in my closet and know it would fit correctly, comfortably, and look great. Sounds amazing, right? It is. Here’s a few tips on how to clean out your closet and find more to wear without spending a dime.


Find space and time to go through your closet piece by piece, and answer the following questions regarding each item. If you’re unsure about anything – try it on, play dress up, and be honest:

  •  Does this fit? This does not mean will it fit after your diet, or did it used to fit, or do you wish it fit, but does it actually fit, is it your actual, true and honest size. If not – toss it.
  •  Have I worn this in the last 12 months? Even if you have every intention of wearing it, if you haven’t worn it in the last year, chances are you won’t wear it again – toss it.closet-3
  •  Is it likely I will ever wear this again? The only exception to the 12 month rule is formal items or specialty items that you might wear again, this may apply to 2-3 items only, no more.
  •  Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style? Even if it fits, and even if you wore it last year, does it look good? Is it on trend with current looks? Sometimes it’s time to part with items that you still love to make room for something that is more current.


  •  If this is damaged in any way? It may be your favorite sweater of all time, but if it’s faded and missing a button, it needs to be retired.
  •  If I was shopping right now, would I buy this? In it’s current condition, current size, and current color – would you buy it again today? If not, toss it.
  •  Do I love it? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes – then toss it.


Your closet should be a confidence boost, not the most depressing part of your day. Give your morning routine a boost with a closet makeover. When you have your toss pile, look into opportunities to sell, donate or swap your used items in your community.


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