my closet purge (and how you can easily do it too)

My closet has been a place of misery for way too long. I've spent the last few months deciding how I am going to eliminate my closet and cake up with the best system for my closet purge with resources for you!. | via The Spirited Violet

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The great closet purge of 2017 just happened.  I will never be a true minimalist even though family definitely jokes about it, but clutter stresses me out a lot.  I love getting rid of things.

I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to go through my closet and really only keep the things that were suited best for my personality and life.  I thrift store shop a lot and I’ve been fortunate to be able to have a lot of pieces all the way from high school.  However, I realize it is time to move past sentimentality and have a closet that represents the young creative professional I am in my late 20s (how in the world am I 28?!).  The older I have become the more I have also cared about cohesion in my wardrobe as well; my logic is that the more cohesive my closet is then the more things I can mix and match together to have better use out of every item.

Like all things that I tend to do, I spent a few months researching everything out.  Before I began purging my closet, I wanted to establish some basics:

  1. What colors look best on me
  2. Why exactly I love something
  3. What I need to get rid of

WHAT ARE MY COLORS

I have a lot of gold in my eyes and my hair turns reddish instead of ashy when I’m healthy.  I wear rose and yellow gold better than white gold.  Despite this, I kept wearing cool toned colors because they were easier for me to find and I always get mixed signals on whether I am cool or warm toned from hair dressers.  So, I began figuring out what colors I get a lot of compliments in: mustard yellow, teal, purple, rusty colors, etc.  I began wearing warm colors with medium contrast and found that I can wear half of the make up I used to wear and look a million times better.  I traded my rosey toned eye shadow for some gold and a rose gold palette and BAM, I stopped wearing eye liner and get a ton of compliments on my eyes.

Drum roll please: I’m probably a shaded spring.  (A shaded season is one that has black added to it.)  This means I can wear spring to fall colors.

 

RESOURCE FOR YOU:

While these colors are great for me, yours will likely be different.  A great resource I found on figuring our your best colors is this free e-book!  There are tons of videos along with it and the writer does a great job breaking everything down super easily to help you figure everything out 🙂 .


WHY DO I LOVE SOMETHING??

I mentioned in this post a few months ago that these were the things I noticed I liked the most in my closet.

  • Clothing items with texture (lace, knit)
  • Classic cut items with small unique details
  • Layering items
  • Vintage accessories

Before I began investing in new items, I decided for my Christmas present to myself I would invest in a program called Dressing Your Truth .  The whole premise of the program is to help you define your style by the energy of your personality.  I’ve been kind of playfully researching this off and on for the last few years, but hadn’t actually committed to anything until I bought the course.

Well, this program is pretty intense.  Like, REALLY intense.  I spent the first two months of this year watching about a hour+ of their videos everyday while I did things in the house.  Dressing Your Truth  divides everyone into four different energy types of which you have a primary and secondary.  Since I’m obsessed with personality tests and I love the idea of having a cohesive wardrobe, I was allllll over this.  

In this system, I am a primary 3 and secondary 2; in other words, I can wear shaded colors with edgy textures, angular shapes, and textures to represent my primary.  For my secondary, I can pull in feminine styles (ruffles, lace) with the other elements..  This is supposed to represent spirited and more passionate side as well as my sensitivity.  Granted, I’m making this super simple, but the program goes into what design lines, textures, fabric, etc. that you should wear to best represent yourself.  I kind of raised my eyebrow at first, but once I started putting together outfits for a couple of months that I loved online for fun then I realized it matched up and it was all good.

Investing in this program helped me feel like I could move forward with picking items that would be cohesive in the future, helped me only keep what I loved and understand why, and frankly it was just fun!

RESOURCE FOR YOU:

I’m all about programs that help you learn to love and identify your traits more.  The beginner’s course is actually free from Dressing Your Truth here.  Carol Tuttle, the author and creator of this program, also authors many books shooting off of her energy profiling system that you can find here.


WHAT I PURGED

This might make you laugh, but clothing items that I didn’t think I would keep I put into a box a few months ago.  I realized over those months that I never thought about them once!  Obviously, this was a very confirming way for me to know that these items were not needed.  “The box” is one tip I suggest if you are the sentimental type.  However, the following are rules that I came up with to decide if I would get rid of additional items:

  • Items that were worn out
  • Items that became discolored beyond repair
  • Items I have not worn in years
  • Items that weren’t a complimentary color
  • Items that were too tight or too big
  • Items that didn’t reflect my personality
  • Items that I just didn’t love

I’ll be completely honest, I’ve found my husband’s opinion really helpful.  Devin isn’t attached to my clothes so if I found myself questioning, I would hold up my clothing and he would confirm what I was afraid to say.  He helped me get rid of a lot of items and I’ve found through this whole Dressing Your Truth process that Devin is actually more in tune if items are tints, hues, tones, or shades (I’ll just be honest, he was good with the system in general because it gives you rules).

I also ended up making a replace pile for staples that we had that were just too worn out to go on, but also for them to serve as a visual reminder that these items have to be replaced.  Items that I put in this category are mandatory items like:

  • Underwear for both of us
  • Tank tops in neutral colors for me (because leaning over students 
  • White button up dress shirts for Devin
  • Jeans for Devin (he only has two pair and they both have holes)

If you’re realizing that there are also other necessary items that have to be replaced, these items may include: a certain type of shoe, belts, clothing based on your location’s climate, clothing based on a hobby, and etc.  You’ll know better than I do what is an absolute mandatory for you.


I’m now proud to say that I purged over 200 (yes, 200!!) items out of our closet together.  My husband was a great sport letting me go through his closet as well.  I feel a great sense of relief going into my closet and now only having items I absolutely love, fit, and look great on me.  I have a lot of empty hangers now, but as I budget and plan for the future, I plan on buying higher quality items, replacing past items, and potentially creating a capsule wardrobe.

I’d love to hear about your experience purging your closet and if you have any additional tips for me!

  • I purge my closet a few times a year. I also don’t buy many new clothes, although I’ve made a few LuLaRoe purchases in the last 6 months. I plan on doing a thorough purge of my clothes and my husband’s clothes this month, although I’m not sure how much of my own wardrobe will go. Since I get rid of 6-10 items of clothing 3-5 times per year, my closet stays fairly minimal!

    Since my weight fluctuates with Crohn’s, I do keep my favorite and most expensive clothes that are too big and too small. Just in the 5 1/2 years I’ve known my husband, my weight has been a high of 137 and a low of 98. I’ve only been stable at 112-117 for about 18 months.

    • The only thing I’m super sentimental about is clothing. Devin just doesn’t tend to get rid of anything and doesn’t really have the time to do so with his work schedule either. I think it is smart that you get rid of items that routinely and I’m definitely hoping for a minimal wardrobe in the future like you!

      It totally makes sense that you keep clothes around with your weight fluctuations. Do you box them up or keep them in the same closet?

  • I purge my closet a few times a year. I also don’t buy many new clothes, although I’ve made a few LuLaRoe purchases in the last 6 months. I plan on doing a thorough purge of my clothes and my husband’s clothes this month, although I’m not sure how much of my own wardrobe will go. Since I get rid of 6-10 items of clothing 3-5 times per year, my closet stays fairly minimal!

    Since my weight fluctuates with Crohn’s, I do keep my favorite and most expensive clothes that are too big and too small. Just in the 5 1/2 years I’ve known my husband, my weight has been a high of 137 and a low of 98. I’ve only been stable at 112-117 for about 18 months.

    • The only thing I’m super sentimental about is clothing. Devin just doesn’t tend to get rid of anything and doesn’t really have the time to do so with his work schedule either. I think it is smart that you get rid of items that routinely and I’m definitely hoping for a minimal wardrobe in the future like you!

      It totally makes sense that you keep clothes around with your weight fluctuations. Do you box them up or keep them in the same closet?

  • My closet is definitely in need of some attention. I want to add some pinks to my collection and get rid of some of the darker clothes.

    • I am trying to add more colors and classic basics. I tend to wear a lot of black, but not much of anything else.

  • My closet is definitely in need of some attention. I want to add some pinks to my collection and get rid of some of the darker clothes.

    • I am trying to add more colors and classic basics. I tend to wear a lot of black, but not much of anything else.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I’ve been loving watching your updates on instagram. We did a huge purge last year and it was one of the best things we’ve ever done.. but we still purge now when we realize things won’t work anymore, and I think staying on top of it definitely helps so that your not making huge clean outs every year!

    • My updates totally reminded me of the updates that you do. We got rid of so much dang clothes. I wanted to keep on top it, but time was very limited while I was teaching full time + doing PT full time and then in grad school. Right now is definitely perfect. One thing for me is I want to make sure I go through and do a huge purge like this every year in the future.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I’ve been loving watching your updates on instagram. We did a huge purge last year and it was one of the best things we’ve ever done.. but we still purge now when we realize things won’t work anymore, and I think staying on top of it definitely helps so that your not making huge clean outs every year!

    • My updates totally reminded me of the updates that you do. We got rid of so much dang clothes. I wanted to keep on top it, but time was very limited while I was teaching full time + doing PT full time and then in grad school. Right now is definitely perfect. One thing for me is I want to make sure I go through and do a huge purge like this every year in the future.

  • I need to go through and purge my closet again. These are some great tips and you’ve motivated me to get started sooner than later!

    • It makes such a big difference in my mood to realize I will only have what I need. It has saved us so much space in our home already too!

  • I need to go through and purge my closet again. These are some great tips and you’ve motivated me to get started sooner than later!

    • It makes such a big difference in my mood to realize I will only have what I need. It has saved us so much space in our home already too!

  • I think it’s so important to not keep clothes that you don’t love in your closet. Because then, likely, you’ll think, “Oh, I ought to wear this”, and you don’t even enjoy wearing it, but you keep bringing it out occasionally just because it’s there, not because you actually like that. I find myself doing that sometimes with handmedowns people give me. “Oh, it was free, I should wear it.” Not a good enough reason. I do try to keep at least one ugly pair of jeans and an ugly t-shirt or two for like painting or work projects–don’t want to be wearing clothes that I love for those days! But still, not a lot, because how often do I really need to wear ugly clothes? Only once in a while. 😛

    • YUP. I would keep stuff because it was free or cheap, but not because I was absolutely love with it. As a thrift store shopper though, a lot is very cheap so I began to realize that is a very poor justification.

  • I think it’s so important to not keep clothes that you don’t love in your closet. Because then, likely, you’ll think, “Oh, I ought to wear this”, and you don’t even enjoy wearing it, but you keep bringing it out occasionally just because it’s there, not because you actually like that. I find myself doing that sometimes with handmedowns people give me. “Oh, it was free, I should wear it.” Not a good enough reason. I do try to keep at least one ugly pair of jeans and an ugly t-shirt or two for like painting or work projects–don’t want to be wearing clothes that I love for those days! But still, not a lot, because how often do I really need to wear ugly clothes? Only once in a while. 😛

    • YUP. I would keep stuff because it was free or cheap, but not because I was absolutely love with it. As a thrift store shopper though, a lot is very cheap so I began to realize that is a very poor justification.

  • Robin

    I’d never heard of this color theory before – I just have an intuition for which colors look good on me, but so interesting to see it broken down into charts and types! Also, I just did the same thing in my closet – sold what felt like hundreds of items on ThredUP and am so happy to have the extra space, in my closet and in my brain!

    • I absolutely love and am obsessed with color theory. That’s great that you have such a good intuition with it! For me, since I am so pale, colors can wash me out pretty quickly. I absolutely am a huge fan of ThredUp.

  • Robin

    I’d never heard of this color theory before – I just have an intuition for which colors look good on me, but so interesting to see it broken down into charts and types! Also, I just did the same thing in my closet – sold what felt like hundreds of items on ThredUP and am so happy to have the extra space, in my closet and in my brain!

    • I absolutely love and am obsessed with color theory. That’s great that you have such a good intuition with it! For me, since I am so pale, colors can wash me out pretty quickly. I absolutely am a huge fan of ThredUp.

  • Stephanie Ramsey Abbott

    Come visit me! I need major wardrobe help. I have mentioned a few times over the past few weeks how frustrated I am with clothing. I am not really into most of the trends right now, not a leggings person at all. But I’m also in a weird place right now, after 2 pregnancies and my body just not bouncing back I have no idea what’s going on with my body, and then I’m about to turn 30, but am constantly mistaken for several years younger, so I guess I just don’t know how a 30 year old, over weight, stay at home mom is supposed to dress. And then when I do find something I think I like it fits in some places and not in others.

    • First of all, do you need a workout buddy? I’ve been doing workout videos at home and I’m surprised at how much I love them. I mostly do stuff like pilates or piyo. I’d totally be game in texting you so we can be accountable to teach other!

      I’ve really enjoyed the Dress Your Truth program because it has given me some guidance on what kind of stuff to look for and has made shopping a lot less stressful. She has some good books on helping you figure out what you are in the system.

      I wear work out pants and a nice t-shirt (from Walmart, usually $5) all the time at home. It makes me feel like I was intentional about what I am wearing even though I am clearly not. When I leave the house, I usually wear flats (mine are Crocs brand so they last forever), skinny jeans, and then wear teacher casual on top.

      • Stephanie Ramsey Abbott

        Yes! I would love to be work out buddies. And I definitely need to take the time to look into the program you mentioned. I just did a small purge last week and donated stuff to refugees.

  • Stephanie Ramsey Abbott

    Come visit me! I need major wardrobe help. I have mentioned a few times over the past few weeks how frustrated I am with clothing. I am not really into most of the trends right now, not a leggings person at all. But I’m also in a weird place right now, after 2 pregnancies and my body just not bouncing back I have no idea what’s going on with my body, and then I’m about to turn 30, but am constantly mistaken for several years younger, so I guess I just don’t know how a 30 year old, over weight, stay at home mom is supposed to dress. And then when I do find something I think I like it fits in some places and not in others.

    • First of all, do you need a workout buddy? I’ve been doing workout videos at home and I’m surprised at how much I love them. I mostly do stuff like pilates or piyo. I’d totally be game in texting you so we can be accountable to teach other!

      I’ve really enjoyed the Dress Your Truth program because it has given me some guidance on what kind of stuff to look for and has made shopping a lot less stressful. She has some good books on helping you figure out what you are in the system.

      I wear work out pants and a nice t-shirt (from Walmart, usually $5) all the time at home. It makes me feel like I was intentional about what I am wearing even though I am clearly not. When I leave the house, I usually wear flats (mine are Crocs brand so they last forever), skinny jeans, and then wear teacher casual on top.

      • Stephanie Ramsey Abbott

        Yes! I would love to be work out buddies. And I definitely need to take the time to look into the program you mentioned. I just did a small purge last week and donated stuff to refugees.

  • These are great questions to be asking! I’m working on a closet purge of my own and I love these tips! <3

    • Once you start, it becomes addictive. Especially after you recent move! I always start dejunking again after I start realizing “hold on, I actually moved this stuff IN OUR HOME?” haha! Thank you for sharing this post on twitter <3

  • These are great questions to be asking! I’m working on a closet purge of my own and I love these tips! <3

    • Once you start, it becomes addictive. Especially after you recent move! I always start dejunking again after I start realizing “hold on, I actually moved this stuff IN OUR HOME?” haha! Thank you for sharing this post on twitter <3

  • Way to go! Justin has put on a lot of weight since we got married and my 2 baby postpartum body isn’t bouncing back as fast…so we are going to go through all our clothes next weekend to do the same…then take into account of what wardrobe basics and classics we need. However, we won’t be doing it for our kids’ closets…although we are done having kids for a LONG while….I’m not completely 100% sure we’re finished…so we are keeping their clothes as handmedowns.

    • It is so hard with maternity clothing, baby clothing, etc. It is stuff you don’t use all of the time, but it also adds up a ton. A lot of my friends have success thrift store shopping baby clothes and just buying white onesies at Walmart for basics. Good luck on the purge!!

  • Way to go! Justin has put on a lot of weight since we got married and my 2 baby postpartum body isn’t bouncing back as fast…so we are going to go through all our clothes next weekend to do the same…then take into account of what wardrobe basics and classics we need. However, we won’t be doing it for our kids’ closets…although we are done having kids for a LONG while….I’m not completely 100% sure we’re finished…so we are keeping their clothes as handmedowns.

    • It is so hard with maternity clothing, baby clothing, etc. It is stuff you don’t use all of the time, but it also adds up a ton. A lot of my friends have success thrift store shopping baby clothes and just buying white onesies at Walmart for basics. Good luck on the purge!!

  • It’s been really fascinating to watch you go through these color theories and figure out clothing matches and colors and patterns for you. I can’t believe you ended up purging 200 items!!!! That’s amazing! I’m so proud of you! I know you’ve said it and have already felt it, but it really is addicting to keep purging once you start! Somehow our things can put a sort of ‘weight’ on us that we didn’t even realize was there!

    • You’ve been such a fun person to talk to about all of this color theory and dejunking stuff. I’m still kind of grossed out in a way that we got rid of 200 items out of our closet. It did help me realize that all I had left was for cooler weather/layering which is probably why I die in the summer here. I’ve been replacing a lot of stuff now summer clothing. It is definitely going to help out! I’ll keep you posting on dejunking haha!

  • It’s been really fascinating to watch you go through these color theories and figure out clothing matches and colors and patterns for you. I can’t believe you ended up purging 200 items!!!! That’s amazing! I’m so proud of you! I know you’ve said it and have already felt it, but it really is addicting to keep purging once you start! Somehow our things can put a sort of ‘weight’ on us that we didn’t even realize was there!

    • You’ve been such a fun person to talk to about all of this color theory and dejunking stuff. I’m still kind of grossed out in a way that we got rid of 200 items out of our closet. It did help me realize that all I had left was for cooler weather/layering which is probably why I die in the summer here. I’ve been replacing a lot of stuff now summer clothing. It is definitely going to help out! I’ll keep you posting on dejunking haha!

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