If you’ve been bitten by the spring clean-out bug, here are a few tips to make tackling your closet much easier.
1. Only keep multiples if you wear them. White tanks, black cardigans, these are okay to keep in multiples because they are versatile, but two nearly identical red silk tops—you don’t need both.
2. Hang like items together. Think about it like Cher’s Closet in Clueless: Each outfit is a puzzle and you need to pick from different sections (pants or skirts, tops and sweaters, jackets, accessories) to put something together. You should also hang items by color from dark to light so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
3. Break up separates. If you have suits or other coordinated pieces don’t hang the individual pieces together. By visually separating the pants from the jacket it will be easier to see how those items can work with other pieces in your wardrobe and expand your outfit options without spending a dime.
4. If you haven’t worn it, donate it. Commonly, the rule is six months. If you haven’t worn something in your closet in that amount of time, it’s unlikely that you will. So donate it to charity or have a garage sale. We have tips for doing both: Donate It or Ditch It? and 7 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale.