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Auditing Your Closet: Out With the Old, In With the New

When it comes to your closet, often times it can feel like unexplored territory. As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe. How many of you pack away your winter stuff in May and don’t bring it out until October? Me too. What about your spring/summer wardrobe? In October, I pack all of my summer clothing into a tote and shove it to the far back of my closet, never giving it a second thought until May. Unfortunately, when we do this, many times we wind up packing away clothing that we have never worn.

The transition between seasons is a good time to audit your closet. Consider it a form of spring cleaning. Out with the old, in with the new. Remember when Tyra Banks had her own TV show? She did a segment on auditing your closet and said that if you haven’t worn it in a year or it still has the tags on it, it’s time to get rid of it. But how do you go about auditing your closet?

There are many different ways to go about doing an audit on your closet. If you have a closet big enough, consider doing the following:

  1. Unpack all of your clothing (summer, spring, winter, fall, etc.) – this also includes your shoes and handbags
  2. On one side of your closet, hang all your summer and spring clothing together, including your shoes and handbags
  3. On the other side, hang all your winter and fall clothing, including shoes and handbags

Once you’ve done this, start taking inventory of what you CURRENTLY have in your closet. You can do this using a spreadsheet created through Excel or some other program, or you can do it by hand. After you’ve taken inventory, go through and mark what looks a bit worn or may need to be altered or sewn. Next, go through and write down what you find yourself wearing most often versus what you hardly wear at all. You might also find that you have clothes that are considered ‘out of style.’ Never fret if you find that your clothes have gone ‘out of style.’ Every style comes back around at least once in its lifetime.

Most often times what happens is you realize that (gasp!) you tend to wear the same thing over a period time. Don’t fret; it happens to the best of us! This is why you should audit your closet. Another reason to audit your closet is that as we change seasons, we are able to see what ‘filler’ items we might need to survive the change in weather. You might see that your long johns are no longer in the best of shape, therefore you need to buy new ones. That jacket you bought a few years ago might not be as warm as it used to be and it may be time for an upgrade.

If you aren’t exactly sure where to start in an audit or you aren’t entirely comfortable attempting this yourself, ask some of your girlfriends to come help you! This is always a great, rainy day go to for a girls day in! If they aren’t available, ask your mom or your sister. This is a perfect bonding opportunity!

The best thing you can do when auditing your closet is having fun with it. Many times the task can seem daunting and overwhelming but if you have fun with it, it can be very rewarding!

For more closet auditing tips, check out the following:

Closet Audits with Lu Curran – Huffington Post

How To Do a Closet Audit – Victoria Tane

The Simple Closet Audit – The Daily Mom

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