The Cardinal Rules for How to Clean Out & Organize Your Closet

The Cardinal Rules: How to Clean Out & Organize Your Closet For The New Year


An organized wardrobe

We all know the phrase “new year, new me!” which usually involves hitting the gym, chopping off your hair or getting a whole new wardrobe. Rather than spending money on a new you this year, why not make money on changing up your look instead? It may sound crazy, but the solution is simple: Clean out your closets!

We’re all guilty of buying new clothes or accessories before getting rid of things we no longer need or use, but that inevitably leads to an exorbitant amount of stuff that takes up space and is hard to organize. Cleaning out your closet may seem daunting, but there are a few tips about how to clean and organize your closet for the new year that will result in a fresh closet for the remainder of winter and a whole set of clothes to consign or donate.

Step 1. Forgot You Had It? Out It Goes!

Whether you’re just cleaning out your closet or looking to tackle every closet in your home, it can be a daunting task. So where should you begin? The first cardinal rule for cleaning out your closet:

If you haven’t worn it in a year — or you forgot you even owned it — you no longer need it.

Going through your items and recognizing what you use and what you don’t will help you avoid clutter and allow you to recognize the clothing and accessories you purchase but don’t ever use.

Step 2. Make 3 Piles

Not every item needs to be thrown out, and not every item can be consigned. When you sit down to sort through your closet, make three piles to organize your items:

Items that need to be thrown out, items that can be donated, and items that can be consigned.

The most important part of this step is to be completely ruthless. Everything that is stained, torn, discolored, or doesn’t fit is not salvageable. Clothing, shoes, and accessories simply don’t last forever, and recognizing when it’s time for them to be thrown out is pivotal to keeping your closets organized.

Your donation pile is for items that are still in good condition, but are not among the brands that your consignment store will take.

Last will be your consignment pile. This includes items that are in sellable condition and ready to make you some extra cash!

Step 3. Go Shopping in Your Own Closet!

Once you’ve cleaned out what you are ready to get rid of, it’s a great opportunity to shop in your own wardrobe and find chances to mix up what you already have! If you’re unsure of the best ways to change up some of your go-to looks, grab a fashionable friend or even consult with a fashion expert at your local consignment store to find some new looks for the new year.

Start the year off right with a freshly cleaned out wardrobe and make some extra cash from items you no longer use. Check out Turn Style’s consignment page for information on brands that we take, how to make an appointment, or to print out a consignment form.

For more information on consigning your clothing, or for some additional advice on how to switch up your look this year, visit your local Turn Style and meet with one of our fashion consultants!