How To Clear Out & Organize Your Closet

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Girls and clothes go together like strawberries and cream, and although we enjoy leaving the mall drowning in bags, an overly full closet can be a pain.

Picture this scenario: You wake up at 7AM and open your closet, only to be greeted with an overly-stuffed array of prints, fabrics and garment types.

Sound familiar? Ask yourself, how long does it take for you to choose an outfit?

Thought so! Ladies: it’s time to clear out and organize your closet.

Simply follow these steps for a streamlined and envy-inducing closet that is filled with clothes you actually wear…

How To Clear Out Your Closet


Above: Ahhh to have Carrie’s closet

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You will need:

3 x trash bags

Some pumping music

A positive attitude

A mirror

Cleaning your your closet may be a longer process than labor itself, but we promise you: it’s worth it. To get the ball rolling, select pieces from your closet one by one.

Each piece has four possible fates: keep, sell, donate or trash. But first of all, we will sort the clothes into three styles: Keep, toss or maybe.

So how exactly do you decide what to keep? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I actually like it? If it’s a no, but it straight in the toss pile.
  • Have I worn it in the last six months? No= one point
  • Does it fit me well? If not, will you get it tailored? No= one point
  • Is it flattering? If it’s no, but it straight in the tossd pile.
  • Is it currently in style or your style? No= one point
  • Is it damaged? If so, will you get it repaired? No= toss it
  • Does it have sentimental value? No= one point
  • Is it a wardrobe staple? No= one point
  • Does it fit my lifestyle? No= one point
  • If you saw this in a store now, would you buy it? No= one point

If a certain piece has accumulated more than three points, it’s time to say goodbye!


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How To Handle The Toss Pile

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and just because a dress doesn’t suit you, doesn’t mean that another lady might look like an absolute babe in it.

If the garment is a designer or high market label, is in great condition and has no or little signs of wear or tear, consider selling the garment on a consignment site or Ebay.

If the piece is a low end label, was cheap, or has a few signs of wear, donate it to a thrift store. Someone else will get a fantastic bargain, plus you will be helping out a charity.

If the garment is very worn, damaged or ripped, bin it or use as a cleaning rag. People have limits.

How To Handle The ‘Maybe’ Pile

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If you are unsure about a garment, hang it back up in your closet with the hanger facing in the opposite direction. If you wear the piece, turn the hanger around. Check back in three months: if you haven’t hung the hanger up in the right direction, it’s time to part with that piece.

How To Organize Your Closet

Now that your closet is streamlined, it’s time to organize it! Taking the time to organize your garments into clothing types and colors will save you those precious moments in the morning, plus your wardrobe will be the epitome of #ClosetGoals!

Organize By Garment Type & Style


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Make life easier for yourself by organizing your closet by garment type and style. It’s easy! Simply put all of the short skirts together, long skirts together, dresses together etc.

If you want to get more detailed, you can group by subcategory. For example, long sleeved shirts, short sleeved shirts, tank tops, crop tops.

Color Code

Once you have organized your closet by garment type, color code it! Placing similar colors together will make styling a perfect outfit an everyday occurrence.

If you want to get really fancy, this order of colors would look truly stunning in any wardrobe:


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Make Your Closet Versatile

Rather than splashing out on new clothes for new outfit ideas, add a few key accessories into your wardrobe.

Printed scarves are a great way to mix up your look and funk up a plain dress or top. Best of all, these versatile accessories can be worn all year round and in a multitude of ways.

Here are the scarves every closet needs for ultimate versatility:


Floral paisley silk scarf, solid color scarf, mixed print scarf

Now that you’re wardrobe is all sorted, check out these Spring/ Summer scarf styling ideas

Get the most out of your scarf with this scarf folding guide!

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Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at