In preparation for fall, I took a little time over the weekend to haul out my closet to make room for my fall wardrobe that I will be wearing soon. It was also a great way to recognize what I don’t need to buy any more of (jeans and scarves), and to discover what I will be adding to my fall shopping list (silky blouses and red flats).
To help you prep your closet for fall too, here are the simple steps that I followed for my 1-hour closet clean-up:
1. Go through each section of your closet one at a time. I started with jeans, since I realized I probably have too many and needed to make some decisions on what should stay and what should go. Try each one on and decide if you would still wear that style, if it fits right, etc.
2. Take a look at your tops and inspect for signs of wear and tear. As slightly embarrassing as this might be to admit, I found one or two tops that looked like they had permanent deodorant stains on them. These definitely needed to be tossed. Getting rid of old tops will make room for your thicker fall/winter sweaters.
3. Tackle your accessories (such as scarves) and decide if you will really wear them this year. I keep all of my scarves organized on a scarf hanger, but as I went through them this weekend, I realized two things: 1) I probably wear less than half of them, and 2) I have too many purple scarves. Decide what is a must-keep, and toss the others to the side.
4. Organize your boots and closed-toe shoes. As I looked over my boots, I realized how dusty they were and I actually had to dust them off. I organized them in a line at the back of the closet where I can easily see them all together. As I checked my closed-toe flats, I was able to get rid of a pair that I remembered had rubbed my feet raw (I refuse to wear uncomfortable shoes, no matter how cute they might be). I also realized that I’d like to add a pop of color with my flats this year (I mostly have black and navy).
5. Donate your unwanted items. After my haul-out sessions, I fold everything and place in a large bag to give to charity (except those things that just need to be thrown out altogether). It’s a good feeling knowing that these unwanted things will go to someone else who can use them.
Bring on that fall weather!