5 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Your Closet

I know it probably doesn’t feel like it, but fall will be here before you know it! My son starts kindergarten in less than 2 weeks (don’t mind me, just crying in the corner over here) and a lot of stores are starting to release their fall lookbooks and lines. Which means you should probably spend a few minutes cleaning your closet to get ready for some new fall pieces!

My closet is currently way overstuffed (My husband recently ordered me 50 new hangers. FIFTY. He has zero faith in my ability to downsize.) and it’s definitely time to work my way through it. I need to take a good, honest look at my clothing.

If you’re ready to tackle the beast, make sure you include a “donate” pile for stuff that’s still wearable—it’s good for the earth and good for the community! Old yucky tee shirts can be cut up into rags. (My favorite rags come from those free t-shirts that we all seem to accumulate.) But, if something is really and truly irredeemable, then just go ahead and toss it.

Are you ready to clean out your closet? Let’s do this!


  • 5 Questions 1 of 6
    5 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet

    Click through to see what I asked and what I tossed/donated!

  • How is it looking? 2 of 6
    Tribal Shirt

    I LOVE this tribal print shirt from Forever 21. Unfortunately, it's a weird sweater-type material that started pilling after just one wash. Three washes later, I have to admit that it's looking pretty shabby. Time to tearfully bid adieu.

  • Is there something that bothers you? 3 of 6

    This shirt from Ann Taylor Loft has a few tiny holes in the armpit where I snagged it while attempting to jump over a fence (it was even less graceful than it sounds). They're super small and you can't see them tucked away in my armpit BUT... it bothers me. It goes in the pile!

  • Is it too high-maintenance? 4 of 6
    Cream Blouse

    I thrifted this cream-colored silk blouse ages ago. I wore it a couple times before it started smelling a little funky (keepin' it real here) and I put it in my dry-clean pile. Finally, 6 months later, I dragged my behind to the dry-cleaners and resentfully handed over my cash to get it cleaned. The fact is, I don't do dry-cleaning. If it sits in your "hand-wash" or "dry-clean" pile for more than a couple months then that's a pretty good indication that it might find a better home elsewhere! Back to the thrift store it goes.

  • Does it fit? 5 of 6
    Denim Shirt

    This denim shirt came along and saved my butt on October 31st last year. I found it at Goodwill about 1 hour before I had to go to a Halloween party. It still had tags on and everything! It was perfect for my Rosie the Riveter costume BUT it doesn't actually fit me. I made it work for my costume but it's a couple sizes too big and not very flattering. I'll send it back to Goodwill and maybe it will rescue someone else!

  • Do you wear it? 6 of 6
    Floral Top

    I love this silk shell I found at Kohl's ages ago, but I only wore it a handful of times before it got pushed to the deep recesses of my closet. It's not particularly versatile (I've only ever worn it with that dark gray sweater you see on the left) and, truth be told, I'm not a floral person. Another way of looking at this is to ask yourself, "If I saw this in a store right now, would I buy it?" Now that I've got a better handle on my own sense of style, I definitely would leave this one on the rack. It's pretty, but it's not for me!

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