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Digging into some spring-cleaning this month? Who better to give you some inspiration for how to best organize and purge your closet than our resident stylist, Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle? Read on for her top 5 tips as well as the Styled Seattle’s signature flow chart to help you figure out what to keep, what to store away and what to purge.

Darcy’s tips for cleaning your closet:

  • If it doesn’t fit, you can’t wear it. It rarely makes sense to keep something that physically doesn’t fit you (even if you love it). This is the one thing I’m strict about. If something doesn’t fit you, you should donate it or give it to someone who can wear it.
  • Purge a little at a time. Most of my clients think that purging a closet is a huge all day endeavor, but if often makes more sense to do a little at a time. I encourage everyone to keep a Goodwill Donation bag in their closet or bedroom, and add to it here and there as you discover items that don’t fit or have gotten worn out.
  • Assess seasonally. The end of one season (goodbye, winter) is a great opportunity to think about what you’ve worn and what you haven’t. If you didn’t wear it last winter, you probably won’t wear it next winter. Rather than store it and have it take up space in your home, donate it now.
  • Apply the “Plus One, Minus One” method. To avoid getting overwhelmed, I tell my clients to subtract one old item for every NEW item they purchase. So, if you spend an afternoon shopping at Pacific Place and come home with 5 new things, spend some time reviewing your closet and remove five older things you’re no longer wearing.
  • Never throw clothing away in the trash. I’m constantly amazed that my clients think their castaways aren’t good enough for Goodwill. “Will they really want this stained old t-shirt? Or this single sock? Or these ripped shorts” YES! Working closely with Seattle Goodwill over the years has given me tons of insight into what happens to donated items. Your smelly single socks and stained clothing provide jobs and can be recycled/reused. Never throw away clothing to a landfill.  
flow chart

The Styled Seattle signature flow chart is the perfect tool to help you figure out what to keep, what to store away and what to purge. Want some help from the experts? Styled Seattle offers closet cleaning and organization packages. Click here for more information! 

Click here to print or download the chart!

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