How to Clean Out Your Closet for Fall

Not everyone can have a mega-closet like the Kardashians. Some of us need a seasonal reorg to sort out the easy-breezy summer frocks from the wooly and warm winter garb. Here are some questions to ask yourself to figure out what should stay and what should go this fall.

1. Is it right for the season?

First and foremost, the fastest way to sort through your clothes is to ask yourself if what you have fits the season. For fall, sweaters and warm pants are obvious, but make sure you take some time to look at that skirt that might look great with a pair of warm tights or tall boots. Then keep a list of what you need for the season and shop for a few new favorites.

2. How do you feel when you hold it?

Some garments just feel right. Keep a shirt that makes you feel strong and gorgeous, or pants that are super comfortable, or a dress that always get compliments. But with the good sometimes comes the guilt. If you haven’t worn something that is pretty much brand new due to fit or style, that’s the perfect item to donate. And that blouse you love, but is looking a little faded? It’s time to let it go. Remember Marie Kondo’s idea that everything should ‘spark joy.’ This may be overstating things, but it’s a good rule to keep only those items that lift your spirits.

3. When did you last wear it?

This is the “let’s get real” question. If you didn’t wear something last fall and winter, you are likely to not wear it this year either. If you are torn, because you love it or it has sentimental value, then zip it into a storage bag and put it somewhere else.

4. Does it work with your other clothes?

Each item you own should work with the others so that you keep just a core of interchangeable basics and a few statement pieces. Keep clothes that don’t clash and that complement each other. Navy, tan, black, and grey all work brilliantly together in the fall. Even if you love something…a dress with a bold print for example…but just can’t find anything to go with it, let it go.