Give yourself a cleanse, a closet cleanse.

Looking for an easy way to clean and organize your closet?? Since it’s cold outside, and we’re all in hibernation mode, instead of binge-watching the latest and greatest, try a closet cleanse. In simple terms, clean out your stuff and organize your closet. Clean out the stuff that’s worn, dated, or just doesn’t fit anymore. Whatever the case may be, get rid of it.  It’s taking up valuable real estate space in your closet no matter how much or little space you have. 

For a lot of people, the thought of cleaning out and organizing your closet can be overwhelming beyond what your sanity can handle. In which case, call The Wardrobe Consultant team, and we’ll do it for (with) you. But, for those of you willing to take the plunge, here are a few easy steps to get you started. These are the steps we use when we organize our clients and in my own closet. They are tried and true. 

Easy Tips to Clean and Organize Your Closet

1. Set aside time.


Seriously, set aside time, it can take a while to do it right. When I meet with clients, a closet analysis/cleanse typically takes about 3 hours! And, if you’re a packrat it could take even longer. If the thought of spending multi hours freaks you out then set aside an hour at a time. Start with one category at a time. For example; pants, then move to tops, then sweaters, and dresses and end with accessories. 

2. Look em’ over. Try em’ on. Take a Pic.

Look each item over. Decide if it doesn’t fit, if it’s worn out, or dated. From there you can make three piles. One for donation, one for consignment, and one that consists of pieces you’re going to keep. 

Some things to look for…

  • A pair of dated pants have a low rise, contrast stitching, embellished tush pockets, and a boot-cut leg. Donate them
  • For tops, sweaters and blazers look for pilling, holes, and/or stains. 
  • For dresses look mostly for fit and/or damage. Our bodies change. What once used to fit, let’s say that Herve Leger bandage dress, might not since things have shifted with age. Consign it.  There’s some young thing out there that’s looking for one for her upcoming Vegas trip and why not make some cash.

If in doubt, TRY IT ON! Do you feel good in it? Is it comfortable? If you’re unsure if it looks good, take a mirror selfie – photos don’t lie…Or, book an appointment with me and team TWC, I’m brutally honest, in a kind way.

3. Organize, Organize, Organize. 

It’s so helpful to see what you own. Once you’ve given your items the once over put them back into your closet NEATLY displayed.  When you can see what you have it helps you make smarter purchases in the future, and make the most out of what you own. Like I always say, shop your closet first.

Here’s your easy “how to organize” cheat sheet…

PANTS: Organize into categories. Jeans from light to dark. Then slacks from light to dark and then skirts from light to dark.
TOPS & JACKETS: Organize first by color and then into sleeve length. Sleeveless, short sleeve,¾ length, and long sleeves all light to dark.
T-Shirts: If you have the hanging space go for it.  But if you don’t, fold them uniformly and according to color then by sleeve length.
SWEATERS: Always FOLD them. When you hang them, they stretch, rub, and pill faster. It ruins the integrity of the sweater. Pretty please with sugar on top, FOLD them. If you don’t have the space to fold them, then fold them over hangers, but not by the shoulders. If in doubt, here’s a guide for when to hang and when to fold your sweaters.
DRESSES: Organize light to dark, and by occasion. Hanging your beach cover-up next to your ball gown just doesn’t make sense. 
JEWELRY: Jewelry trees aren’t my first choice. You have to take everything off the tree to get to the one piece you want, and sometimes they fall over leaving you with a tangled mess.  Instead, opt for hooks on the wall. This helps to see what you have and makes putting the finishing touches on less stressful. 
SHOES: Show them off. If you have the shelf space organize them by heel height. If you don’t have the shelf space,  clear plastic boxes will become your friend.  Put the shoes inside of the box, label them, and start stacking. Or, take photos and tape it to the outside of the box, so you know what’s hiding.
SCARVES: Find a place for them where they can be seen. Try hanging them on hooks like your jewelry.  A lot of times the space-saving scarf hangers don’t allow you to see what you have. If space is an issue try rolling them and putting them into clear boxes.

For Organizational Overachievers

If you’re a type “A” regular organization may not be good enough…

For perfect folds try this handy gadget, I use it and it actually works. Labels, especially labels in a pretty script font, are an organizing gals BFF. This little gizmo is essential if your weight fluctuates and you have the same pants in 2 sizes.

Make a shopping list.

Oh yeah, one more thing…make a list of the items that you are donating or consigning that need to be replaced. Or pieces you need to finish off an outfit. We do this for our clients so when they (or we) go to shop, it’s easy to know what’s needed. It’s like when you go to the grocery store – if you follow a list it’s simpler to stay on track and spend less.

Out with the old and in with the new.




Cheers to the easy closet cleanse. Give it a good shot, and if you’re still stuck you know where to find me. Whether it’s virtual or in person, I’m always happy to do it with you.


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Photos: Molly Nook



Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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