How To Weed Out Unnecessary Clothes To Energize Your Everyday Styling


Hello, Reader:

Today I thought we could talk about excess clothes and how to get rid of them. We all undoubtedly have more clothes than we need. We tend to buy clothes on impulse to satisfy our immediate feelings without considering what we are buying and how it will work with our wardrobes.

I cannot unpack or speak about why we consume so many clothes. That is beyond my expertise, but I sure can tell that we buy too much. We stuff up our closets and often do not know for sure what we have.

But a cluttered closet is useless. Yes, there are endless outfit options, but no one knows what they are since a closet is so tightly jam-packed. Clothes are not organized or accessible. A wardrobe like that adds more stress to our already complicated lives.

I believe that an organized, smaller wardrobe is hundreds of times better than a fully packed one.


Because an organized small wardrobe allows one to skim through all items while being inspired by them, the smaller closet removes the stress out of getting dressed and clears the mind. Organized space gives us hope, guidance, freedom, and energy.

With that in mind, let's talk about how to weed out unnecessary clothes to free our minds and let energy back into our closets.

First Step: Review Older Items

I think starting with older items is a good first step. This will be a more straightforward process, giving you the energy to see the whole project through.

So pull out all the items that you have not worn in years. These are most likely stored at the back of your closet, in storage bins, drawers, or packed away in a secondary overflow closet. Take it all out!

Spread out all the clothes that you found. Seeing all the items will help you to examine and determine whether an item is worth keeping. These clothes are likely old, do not fit, are out of style, and no longer suit you. Move all of them to the donation pile. Be brave, bold, and decisive.

If you still have some items left from this category that you are considering keeping, review them for the following:

  • Holes, rips, and snags

This one is obvious. If clothes are no longer in proper condition, please move them to the donation pile.

  • Proper size and fit

The clothes must fit. Clothes that are too small must immediately go to the donation pile. Bigger (in size) items that can be styled as oversized, like blazers, cardinals, or sweaters, could be kept if you wear them.

  • Compatibility

Clothes must work for you. Please do not keep clothes that do not flatter you.

Step Two: Review Specialty Items

Second, there are always special items that you wear once or twice. A Halloween dress, themed outfit, oddly designed items, wedding (guest) dress. This category sounds like it could be small, but it ends up being very sizable.

So think critically about these items and try to donate as many as you can. Chances are high; you will never wear them again.

Step Three: Review The Active Wardrobe

We are moving on to the active wardrobe. First, we need to categorize all the clothes.

1. Sort all the clothes into categories:

  • blazers

  • knits

  • tops, t-shirts, shirts

  • jeans, pants, leggings, sweatpants

  • skirts

  • dresses

  • coats

  • workout gear

2. After you create category piles, review one pile at a time, asking the following questions:

  • Do I have a similar item in this category?

Do you have cardigans that look the same or jeans in similar cut and color? Decide to keep only one.

  • Will I wear this item?

We often cling to items we like to wear in theory but never wear in real life. Be decisive and authentic.

  • Does this item work for my body/style?

We sometimes buy clothes because they look good on a model. But think critically about whether an item suits you.

Review each category, and put things you no longer like, wear, or desire in the donation pile. Be brave and decisive. Please do not keep all the clothes only because it is hard to make a decision. I know it is hard to let go of clothes but think about how much better you will feel once you weed out all the excess and clutter. The freedom, energy, and creativity you will feel!

Inspiration and desire to style your clothes will no longer be forceful but become a joyful experience.

Step Four: Organize

When you finish weeding out clutter, think about organizing your closet. Group pieces together and keep them together in one location. I tend to hang a lot of my items because I like to see what I have. But work with your space.

I recently watched an episode of the Home Edit show and fell in love with the rainbow organization. My closet now has dedicated sections for t-shirts & tanks, long-sleeved tops, knits, dresses & skirts, blazers, and bottoms. Within each section, I tried to arrange clothes in rainbow color order. I love it because

  • It is easier to locate items (saves me time)

  • It is inspiring (adds joy to daily styling)

  • It is fun (puts smile on my face)


I hope you enjoyed this post. I wanted to share my tips and tricks without passing any judgment. If none of these tips work for your lifestyle, that is O.K. Would you mind sharing how you organize your closet space and what organization tricks you use? I would love to learn and hear from you.

Thank you for reading,



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