I know, that title sounds a bit counter intuitive, right? Cleaning out your closet can teach you something and even benefit your style? Absolutely! Last year I donated a fourth of my wardrobe. It was a weekend long project, but it was totally worth it.
It’s not just about cleaning out your closet so you free up space to buy more stuff, but cleaning out your closet can actually give you a snapshot into your personal style.
If you’re trying to define your style, read on to see exactly how a closet purge can do just that!
First, need tips to clean out your closet? I have a few posts just for you: 5 Tips to Effortlessly Clean Out Your Closet and The Laundry Hack that Makes Cleaning Out Your Closet Easy. Trust me, I know the thought of cleaning out your closet can seem daunting, but it’s a manageable task.
Also, defining your personal style is so important because it helps give you better direction when you go shopping. You need to know what pieces work best for your lifestyle and body type.
Ok, lets get back to the closet…So now once your closet is all cleaned out, take a minute to step back and you might notice common themes with the stuff you no longer want/need and with what’s left in your closet.
What You Donated
Take a look at the clothes and accessories you decided to get rid of. Do they have anything in common?
For me, I got rid of a ton of duplicates in my closet. I had about eight denim shirts and most of them looked the same! Also, I donated a bunch of sparkly dresses and uncomfortable shoes I swore I’d get around to wearing.
The common theme for me was buying stuff I thought was so cute and fun, but I never actually got around to wearing them, either because they’re uncomfortable or impractical.
And you might notice some common themes about the clothes you’re getting rid of. Maybe you buy a lot of stuff you never wear because it was on sale but you didn’t really love the piece. Do you purchase clothes that don’t exactly fit your lifestyle? Have you had to ditch a ton of gear because your body has changed drastically? Are you getting rid of 5 pairs of black skinny jeans because you already have 8 pairs of them?
Take all of this into account, as this can be your guide as to what NOT to purchase in the future.