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The Best Way To Clean Out Your Closet + Find Your Personal Style

For the last month, I’ve been working to clean out my closet. This is probably the biggest closet purge I’ve ever done in my life (I still can’t believe I’m doing this).

The goal of this purge is to minimize my closet so that both my summer clothes and winter clothes fit neatly into my built-in armoire. This definitely wasn’t an easy task considering the fact I had enough clothes to fill every closet in my house… but as you know where there is will there is a way.

Here’s how I got it all done (and you can too):


The first step in this rather large task was to figure out my personal style. I created boards on Pinterest with outfits that I found interesting and could see myself in. I found that I have a rather simplistic style preferring outfits with interesting designs and textures over bold patterns. I also found that I preferred more high fashion street chic styles with a tomboyish flair.

With that in mind, I was able to look at the pieces in my closet differently. I was able to ask myself questions like: Does this item fit into my personal style? Does it say what I want it to say about me?

Some of the items I chucked into my giveaway pile were items that were cute, but they didn’t exactly speak to the person I wanted to portray.


Once I was finally ready to clean out my closet, I realized that I had some emotional ties to some of the pieces in my closet. In order to move forward, I had to separate my emotions from the actual garments. I found myself asking often: Why am I keeping this? How often do I wear this? Do I really like this or am I keeping it for the sake of (insert reason here)?


There once was a time in my life where if you asked me, everything in my closet was essential. Everything had a purpose. Yes, everything…. even the things I didn’t wear. (I would eventually get around to wearing them.)

Today, I know that everything in my closet isn’t essential. There are a few basics items that I need to have in my closet like black pumps & a little black dress, but beyond those items, everything else is just nice to have.


I used to pride myself on having a full closet even when I hadn’t done my washing for two weeks. Today, I realize that isn’t important. Having five pairs of flimsy, cheap heels does not compare to having two pairs of great quality shoes.

The clearance rack used to be my best friend. It still is, honestly. However, today I’d rather focus on buying quality pieces when I need them instead of buying items because they are cheap and I can afford them.

Please note: When I say quality, I don’t mean name brand. I am speaking of items that will last awhile with great craftsmanship.


When I was finished, I set my clothes in another room. I usually like to wait 30 days before I give them away. I sometimes find that one or two items in my “give away pile” are items that I still want and need.

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