The Closet Audit - The fine art of purging your closet

Summer's finally here! And if you're late ... like me... then you haven't undertaken to clean out those closets yet! I definitely recommend you mentally prepare for this task! We all know that purging your closets is a massive undertaking. But, it's important to remember that as you add to your wardrobe, you should get rid of those items that you no longer need or wear.

Prime example, if it's hidden all the way in the back of the closet (collecting dust...) get rid of it! Or, you haven't worn it in 2+ years, say goodbye!

Whenever I meet with a new SLF client, I perform a “Closet Audit”.  What exactly does that entail, you ask?  My audits are designed to give clients an idea of what is currently in their wardrobe.  Clients are forced to confront everything that's in their closets and make a decision on what items they are willing to let go of!  By deconstructing your wardrobe you can better assess the outfits you wear, those that you do not, and detainee what has simply become clutter. 

You would be surprised how many people complain about having too much, or not having enough clothing, without even venturing into their closets to assess the situation.  In this blog post, I would like to share my tips and tricks for paring down an overflowing wardrobe.  After having refined my closet auditing techniques, I have put my own closet audit to the test, and it works! 

STEP ONE

Take a moment to go through all the items in your drawers and closets.  Place each of the items into the following broad categories: Dresses/Skirts/Shorts; Tops/Shirts; Bottoms/Slacks/ Pants; Outerwear; Athletic Wear.  You can add or subtract categories as they apply to your wardrobe. 

STEP TWO

As you pull an item out of the closet, write it down, provide a brief description, and rate the item on a scale of 1-5.  You want to rate the article of clothing on two scales, actually-- the 'Love It' scale and the 'Wear It' scale.  Just because you love a piece, doesn't mean you wear it often and vice versa.

Of course, keep in mind that a rating of one (1) means that you hardly wear/ hate the item and a rating of five (5) means you frequently wear/love the item. 

STEP THREE

Once you've determined what's in your wardrobe and how much it means to you ... it's time to sort out the 'Maybes'.  Anything that you've rated a three or less on the 'Love It' or 'Like It' scale falls into the category of a 'Maybe'.  If it's a maybe, ask yourself the following questions to determine if the item is worth hanging onto: does the piece need to be altered?; Have I worn this in the last year?; Is this piece on trend for the season?; Does it have sentimental value?; Does this article still look good on me?; And, can I replace this pice with something better?  These questions should serve as a guide and help you make a final decision. 

I understand that giving up and letting go of an outfit can be difficult, but remember, if the item is still in relatively good condition take the time to donate to local shelters or thrift stores! 

Happy purging! If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to send me an email or leave a comment below! 

xo RG.