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How to Edit Your Closet like a PRO

Your closet is an intimate space and each piece of your wardrobe holds a memory of when you acquired it. For most of my clients that means letting go of clothes from the past that no longer serve their current body, lifestyle and needs. January + September are great months to hit the reset button and edit your closet. Purging your closet of items that no longer serve you is a great way to allow positive energy flow into your home. It forces you to be accountable of what’s really in your closet, maximize what you already own and is crucial in overcoming your fashion challenges.

It can be easy to ignore this daunting task due to overwhelm. Rest assured here are some tips on How to Edit your Closet like a PRO.

Focus on the Present

Keep the clothes that work for NOW, not 10 years ago. Many of us hold onto things due to an emotion or the thought of one day fitting into them. Unless the item in question is one size away from your current size, let it go. Trust me when you get to your goal weight, you’ll want new clothes. Discarding items from your past doesn’t mean you’re saying goodbye to the old you, it just means you’re opening yourself up to new possibilities for the woman you are now.

Focus on one season at a time

Separate your clothes by season. An overfilled closet makes it difficult to see what’s actually in there. Keep them out of sight by moving out of season items into storage bins or relocate to another area. This helps you get dressed quickly each morning because you only see the clothes that you can wear for the current season.

Try it on

Focus on the items you want to keep, not just what you want to get rid of. It’s important to physically pick up each piece of clothing and think about how it makes you feel. If there’s something you haven’t worn in a while and not sure if you should keep it, try it on and walk around the house. How do you feel when you put it on?

Create outfits

The best way to decide whether to keep an item you’re unsure about it is to make an outfit with it. Better yet, make 3 outfits. If you only come up with one, it might not be worth keeping.

Use the hanger trick

Have all your hangers face the same direction. After you’ve worn something turn the hanger in the other direction. Do this for 2 weeks and you’ll quickly identify what items you actually wear.

Take your time

Don’t assume you’ll be able to edit your closet in one afternoon. Breaking up the edit over multiple days may seem time consuming, but it’ll keep you focused and help you be objective when deciding what to keep.

Consign. Sell. Donate.

If your closet has high end luxury items consider selling them on places like Vestaire Collective, The RealReal or Union+Fifth. If you have a ton of Banana Republic, check out places like ThredUp or Poshmark. Accessible Style has relationships with these brands so I’m happy to act as a liaison for you. Also check out consignment stores in your town. Make sure you read the fine print on their selling policy and what percentage you’ll receive. Often times the amount decreases with time and they control the price of the item.

When you’re done, you’re gonna feel like a superhero and amazingly lighter because the burden of those clothes has been lifted. Cheers to making this part of your to do list this month.

The closet edit is a crucial 1st step when I work with a new client because it allows us to focus on her wardrobe staples, simplify the morning routine, and only shop for what she truly needs.

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