Closet Clean-Out Myths Debunked | Seattle Wardrobe Stylist

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Every spring and fall is the perfect time of year to clean out your closet and transition your wardrobe for the season to come. While there’s a lot of terrific advice online on how to conduct your own closet clean-out, there is a lot of misinformation as well. To avoid confusion, here are a few debunked closet clean-out myths.

  1. Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn for the last 6 months to one year. While that might work in theory, there are exceptions to the rule, such as fancy clothes that are saved for special occasions.
  2. To keep your closet manageable and under control, a one-in, one-out policy is best. But if you buy into to the clustering “5 Easy Pieces”TM concept (also known as capsuling, a system that involves interchangeable items of clothing) this strategy could backfire on you, causing you to weed out items that are an important part of your clothing unit. Before you discard an item of clothing, make sure it isn’t something you will miss.
  3. “I’m going to keep those jeans, because once I lose 20 pounds, they’ll fit!” Everyday you open your closet and see those jeans from skinnier days will be a depressing reminder of how much weight you haven’t lost. Ditch the clothes that don’t fit. Once you reach your ideal weight, reward yourself by going out and buying brand new clothes that reflect your style.

Do you need help with a closet clean-out? An Image Consultant / Wardrobe Stylist can help you to streamline your closet by purging what’s not working and prepare for splurging so you know what to shop for to make your closet complete. All the while, you’ll discover new ways to wear the clothes you already have. Schedule your Closet Audit today!

4 thoughts on “Closet Clean-Out Myths Debunked | Seattle Wardrobe Stylist

  1. Honestly the BEST thing I ever did! My closet is still organized all these months later. And it is easier to match clothing. It's making decisions that is difficult 😉

  2. Amy, thank you for your wonderful words, this is SO good to hear! I\’m impressed that you\’ve been able to keep the organization intact as well, nicely done! Yep, making decisions when you have all those options would be the tricky part! :)

  3. WhatI really need to master or probably gain more confidence in is which jewelry to wear with what style of neckline. Remember I had that problem? Still can't push past that for some reason. Any blogs posts in that are for guidance would be fun to see.

  4. I really loved this idea of sorting the clothes according to the usage, color and style. This can make a tremendous change with the appearance and functionality of your closets.

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