10 Things to Remove From Your Closet Right Now

Posted in Fashion
on August 10, 2016

BB8816_10 Items to Remove from Your Closet Right Now!2016 has been the year that I have removed anything and everything from my life. I don’t want to say that I have gone full-blown minimalist, but I have been actively trying to remove items from my life every single month. Since the beginning of the year, I have gotten rid of more than half of my closet. If you count clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, etc., I have easily donated more than 500 pieces altogether.

This is really says a lot about how badly I needed to make a change in my life; and I couldn’t be happier with the progress I have made this year. That’s why I’m sharing 10 things you can remove from your closet right now, so that you can add a little bliss back to your closet and life!

1| Anything That Doesn’t Bring You Joy

There are several things hanging in your closet right now that you don’t love. These are the first items you need to remove from your closet as soon as possible. Why waste space in your closet on items that you truly don’t love and enjoy wearing? Either donate these pieces to charity or give it to a friend who will use it.

2| Anything That Doesn’t Fit Your Body

I used to have a bag that was essentially for clothes that, “If I lost 15 more pounds this will *maybe* fit.” Yes, I’m serious. I was that convinced that I needed to keep those pieces of clothing because they might fit again some day. The reality is that my body when I was 15 years old is completely different than my body at 22 years old. And that’s okay! Donate or sell the items that don’t fit.

3| Anything That Doesn’t Fit Your Style

I’ve been changing my personal style more and more throughout 2016. I’ve been removing more trendy, bright-colored pieces and focusing more on purchasing neutral colors that can be paired with several outfits. If you’re in the process of changing your style, remove anything that doesn’t fit your current style or the style you hope to have.

4| Anything You Haven’t Worn in a Year

My tip for you is to place all your hangers on your closet rack facing backwards. Every time you wear an item from your closet, flip the hanger around the proper way to show that you’ve worn that item. When a year is up, anything you haven’t worn that yearβ€”toss it, donate it or sell it. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it again.

5| Anything That’s Damaged

I had a skirt hanging in my closet for well over a year that was ripped at the seam that I never fixed or replaced. It was actually so long that I wore it completely forgetting that it was damaged to begin with. If you know you’re not going to repair the item, you may as well toss it out because you won’t wear it unless it’s fixed.

6| Anything You Wouldn’t Repurchase

This is a question I have asked myself more and more that I’ve been going through my closet every few months. “Would I repurchase this item if I was out shopping today?” I can’t tell you how many dresses and shoes I have donated due to this question. Maybe two years ago, that romper was perfect for your lifestyle and now it’s not. That’s okay! As long as you’re being honest about your answers in the process.

7| Anything That Makes You Feel Bad About Your Appearance

You know the skirt that isn’t flattering or the top that makes you feel uncomfortable if you’re not sitting perfectly? Whatever the case may be, donate, sell or toss any item that doesn’t make you feel your very best when you wear it. It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that you wear.

8| Anything You’re Keeping For Sentimental Reasons

I kept a Bridesmaid dress I wore for my sister’s wedding back in 2009. Yes, 2009. I knew very well that I was never going to wear this dress again, but yet I kept it because I felt bad about getting rid of it. “But it was my sister’s wedding!?” Let’s be honest, no one is going to have hard feelings because you donated a dress you wore seven years ago. When it doubt, donate it.

9| Anything That Isn’t Useful

Have you ever kept a box or bag of items that simply don’t serve a purpose in your daily life? For example, I had a pair of heels that simply weren’t useful for pairing with outfits or fitting to my personal style. Yet I kept them because there wasn’t anything wrong with them. If it’s not useful for your style and life, get rid of it.

10| Anything Not Worth Keeping

After you cycle through all of the questions above, ask yourself, “Is this worth keeping?” Meaning: is it in your best interest to keep this item. If not, consider selling or donating it to someone who will find it worthy of keeping in their closet. Don’t feel guilty if you’re getting rid of pieces for this reason. At least you’re being honest with yourself about what you want in your closet.

What would you add to this list? What have you removed from your closet recently? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • I love this post!!! I have things in my closet I haven’t worn in 3 years but I keep saying I’ll wear it soon. LOL Perhaps I should donate it or sell it on eBay. Maybe it will bring someone else joy πŸ™‚

    • I would definitely recommend selling them to even friends or people you know from work who could use them as well!

  • Candy Kage

    Guess it is time to clean out my closet following your steps. Thanks for the motivation.

    • No problem! Happy to hear this post gave you some motivation!

  • The Oracle

    That is something I’ve been trying to do for so long

  • Sarah Jean

    I am loving all your posts on 10 things to get rid of! I’m afraid I still keep the sentimental items.

    • It’s okay if you keep things that are sentimental and important to you. But if you know it will never have a purpose, you might want to try to donate or sell it.

  • Michelle Lynn

    I need to do this. It’s hard but worth it.

  • “Anything That Makes You Feel Bad About Your Appearance” <<<< THIS ONE! Sometimes I have a hard time throwing things away because I feel like I haven't worn them *enough* to make it worth the money spent to buy it, but when I put it on, feel bad about myself, and take it right off, it's not serving ANYONE!

    • This was me for the longest time, girl! So trust me, I can relate. But if you think about it–if you’re not wearing the clothing at all, you’re still wasting money by not wearing it. And you’re also wasting space in your closet for something that WILL make you feel good!

  • Ahhhh YES YES YES. Anything that you haven’t worn in a year is HUGE…I found a dress in my closet the other day that I wore my sophomore year of HIGH SCHOOL. Like…WHAT. No. Gotta go.

    Coming Up Roses

    • I can’t express how much that happened since I’ve gone through this process. I still had some pieces from high school, and I’m like nope–not happening! HAHA!

  • Goodness…at this point I’d be removing almost everything lol…life after baby has been rough hahaha

    • Then you’ll have a ton of motivation to get out and buy things that work for you in this new chapter of your life πŸ™‚ Always thinking of the positives, haha!

  • These are great questions to ask and help toss out unused items! I try to go through my closet regularly, but I definitely have a hard time with some pieces. My style has been changing a lot recently and I’m trying to figure out what goes with that new style and what doesn’t. I think these questions will help me!

    • I’m so happy to hear that this post will help you as you work on your new style! Good luck as you keep sorting through your wardrobe. Enjoy the process!

  • I have no idea why I’ve kept all of my bridesmaid dresses. The dresses weren’t even all that special!


    • Exactly! And I’ve found that so many people keep the dresses for no reason and they waste space in their closets for years! Sell them or donate them, girl!

  • Fabulous. I’m headed to the closet right now!

  • I’ve been de-cluttering my home for a while now, slowly but surely. I did clear a good amount of clothes a couple of months ago, this post has inspired me to go through again.

    • It’s always wonderful to come back to your closet after a months for a refresh in your closet and remove more pieces to sell or donate!

  • I have this rule where if I can’t remember off the top of my head the last time I’ve wore something, then I get rid of it. I feel guilty letting good clothes go to waste when someone else who really might need them could put them to good use.

    • Exactly! You don’t even have to jump to donating if you want to try selling with apps or second-hand stores in your town! Sometimes, you can get $15-$25 for a piece you never thought you would get money for!

  • YES! For the longest time I couldn’t admit to myself which clothes I wasn’t wearing and would probably wear again. Something changed when we moved, because I’ve filled three huge thredUp bags this summer!

    • That’s so awesome, Erin! I’m so happy to hear you’ve been working on your wardrobe! When I moved, I knew I wanted to be ruthless with getting rid of things and I definitely did that! How have you liked working with thredUp?

      • I love it! Between the clothes I’ve sold there and their affiliate program, I’ve NEVER had to pay for the clothes I’ve purchased on their website! And most of what I’ve purchased still had tags πŸ™‚

  • I love this Kiara! What a great post! I completely agree if something doesn’t bring you joy or make you feel good about yourself, it shouldn’t be in your closet!

    • Thank you Cara! I can’t tell you how much I did this until early in 2016. It’s been a long journey, but I love the progress I’ve made!

  • I so need to do this! My closet is packed, yet I only wear a few items. I need to go through this for sure!

    • Set aside a day where you can do this, and it will make you feel so stress-free and happy!

  • Neely

    YES YES YES! I just did a major clean out and donate!

    • That’s awesome, Neely! Keep it out and go back again for a second look! You’ll be surprised how much easier it becomes to donate and get rid of things!

  • Angela

    I so need to go though my closet. Thanks for sharing. My closet may end up empty, but that just means I can SHOP!

    • No problem! Happy to know you’ve enjoyed reading! We all want an excuse to shop, right πŸ˜‰

  • Yes to all of these! I struggle big time with getting rid of things but I’m hoping to do a good declutter/donation soon!

    • Set aside one day, and that’s all you’ll see to see HUGE results!

  • I did a massive declutter of my closet a few years ago and pretty much followed these guidelines. I keep a much smaller wardrobe now, but I love everything in it. πŸ™‚

    • It’s such a good feeling knowing that you love all the items in your closet! I’m definitely working my way toward that as well!

  • adriana nudo

    Okay I LOVE this! I seriously struggle with decluttering and getting rid of things, but hearing that you’ve been doing just that all of this year is really inspiring. I think I’d feel a lot better! And I know there’s so much in my closet that fall into these categories!

    • If you set aside one day where you can truly ask yourself these questions with everything in your closet, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get rid of things, sell, etc. If you need time, take it one day at a time and work you way through everything so you’re not so overwhelmed.

  • Shani Ogden

    This is a perfect post for me, as it will be fall soon and I’ll be going through my summer clothes before packing it away for next year. My biggest struggle with getting rid of clothes is that I hate getting rid of something that is in perfectly good shape and that I spent money on. Even if it matches nothing in my closet or I haven’t worn it in a couple years. I told my husband that this year I am determined to get rid of the clothes that just aren’t working for me any more. Thanks for the boost!

    • I used to do the SAME exact thing! I would have so many pieces that I never wore because I didn’t love them any more, but nothing was wrong with them! So, I put aside the items in perfect condition, and I’ve been selling them! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Stephenson

    There are so many things in my closet I need to get rid of! I usually end up talking myself into thinking I will wear it again one of these days but it never happens. When the cool weather starts I will switch my closet and probably get rid of some things!

    • I would tell myself that, and most of the time–I would keep putting it off because I knew I didn’t want to get rid of things. But, the second you find some motivation and inspiration, get to work! You will be so happy you did it sooner rather than later.

  • SkyeWard

    I’m in the middle of this process. I’ve cleaned it out because i’m moving house. Now that i’m packing whats left I’ve realised i could still let go of so much more. I’m going back to “minimalist” lifestyle.

    • I’ve been working my way toward a minimalist lifestyle as well! I’m definitely not there yet, but it will happen at some point πŸ™‚ Keep working on as you move!

  • I have about three (or more) storage containers with close that would fit if I lost 40 pounds or more. It’s ridiculous! I need to just sell them, and if I lose the weight, I can reward myself with a new wardrobe.

    • Exactly! This was my exact thought when I kept looking at “that” bag I had in my closet. Beside, if I didn’t lose the weight, it would make me feel bad that I wasn’t a smaller size. Trust me, you’re better off getting rid of it!

  • I find it difficult to find “a style” I switch it depending on my mood, haha.


    • I can relate to this a little bit. But I’ve found pieces that are somewhat similar in style so that I can make a more streamline, cohesive look for my wardrobe.

  • I love this! Since I started my capsule wardrobe almost a year ago, I implemented all of these and it has changed my life. Getting rid of anything that didn’t fit right or that didn’t bring me joy made me feel so free!

    • I am no where near capable of having a capsule wardrobe, but this is one of my goals for sometime in the future! Do you have any tips on your first capsule wardrobe, or how to create one? I would love to know some tips!

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    #1 is my favorite! May we all end up with a closet containing only items that make us happy!

    • Exactly! That’s what it’s all about is making sure we only have items that make us 100 percent happy!

  • But what will I have left to wear?! Ha! I really need to go shopping, because my closet is filled with these items! Thanks for the encouragement!

    • I feel ya, Bathany! Trust me, you’ll have some pieces left in your closet. And if you don’t, you’ll have an excuse to go out to shop for new items!

  • Oh goodness.. I am going to be decluttering my closet today! lol.
    Great list!

    • Thank you, Ashley! I hope you have some luck working through your closet!

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    Great tips. I usually do a closet clean-out 2x a year when I switch from summer to fall and spring to summer, so I’ll keep these in mind!

    • Please do keep them in mind because you’ll see a huge difference in how much you will get rid of!

  • ugh thank you for this! lol. I need to do this and I need a freaking stylist! know any? I have such a hard time building a cohesive closet. it kills me! lol – thanks for reminding me how much work is to be done in there πŸ˜›

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    • I personally don’t know a stylist. But I think we would all LOVE to have one for ourselves, haha! I hope this post gave you a little inspiration and motivation to tackle your closet! I’ll be sure to stop by for beauty inspo!

  • Kate

    I love getting rid of stuff. its liberating. Too bad theres stuff in there that don’t bring me joy, but I can’t get rid of… like snow boots.

    • It is very liberating! There will always be items you don’t love, but you need because they’re practical for your lifestyle (like where you live!)

  • This is a great check list. I especially love the idea about turning the hangers around once you’ve worn something. I really need a good closet clean out!

    • Thank you so much! Happy to hear this post has helped you with a little motivation and inspiration to work on your own closet!

  • I’m also really trying to cut out some of my “stuff”. I too kept stuff that “might fit again one day.” I just went through my closet and purged a lot, but I know can do even more.

    • That’s how I’ve been for the last few months because I’ve gone through everything from clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books and more! It has been such an amazing process to experience! Good luck if you go through your closet again!

  • YEP! I have limited closet space as it is and these are such good guidelines for things I need to toss. For me, it’s my mood- sometimes I get in a mindset of “EVERYTHING MUST GO!” and that’s the best time to donate stuff from my closet that fit the description of things you mentioned in your post. No need to get sentimental over clothing – plus, it’s always good to make room for some new stuff πŸ™‚

    • Yes! When those mood strike, you have to act on it and just roll with it because I’ve been the most successful when I get in those purging moods for my closet! And there’s nothing wrong with making room for new items, as long as you NEED them and not want them! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Golden

    I’m such a hoarder when it comes to clothes! It’s the worst. There are some clothes that I kept for forever and finally forced myself to get rid of. It took a decent about of convincing, but getting rid of items is such a smart move! I can’t believe you’ve gotten rid of 500 items! Thats so awesome!!

    • It has been a long process for me, but it has definitely been worth it! Keep in mind, it all includes: clothes, jewelry, accessories (scarves, bags, belts, wallets, etc.) and shoes! This has been great for me and my closet space!

  • Jessica Rose

    Couldn’t agree more. My husband and I just moved and my closet was good to go, his – I felt like we threw/gave away over half of it! Definitely on opposite spectrums of the ‘hoarding scale’

    • I think it’s interesting to know who is the hoarder in the relationship. Before, it was always me. But now I can same I’m pretty much in line with Josh!

  • These are great tips! I like to clean out my closet every season, so I’ll be sure to use these as fall rolls around.

    • Thank you, Emily! That’s great you go back every season. I’m hoping I can keep up with my closet as often as possible!

  • Jessica Hughes

    Great tips! I tend to hold onto things I don’t need

    • I used to be the same way–now it helps to get rid of anything I don’t love or that doesn’t serve a purpose!

  • Its on my list to clean out my closet this month so I need to get on that. haha

    xoxo, Jenny

    • I think we could all spend a little extra time on our closets! Haha, thanks, Jenny!

  • Wendie Schneider

    I just made a list to go through my closet later today! Thank you!

    • You’re welcome! Happy to know this post inspired you to tackle your own closet!

  • Ouch! This post just hit me in the gut. Just yesterday, I was looking in my closet realizing I had a bunch of clothes I hadn’t worn in a while, wondering where my favorites were (still in the laundry room from the last time I wore them). I probably need to do a rehaul of my closet soon. Though I like your idea of getting rid of a few pieces a month. I think that will be less painful.

    • In the beginning, I could only do 10 pieces at a time. After a few months, I was removing bags on bags of clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags, scarves and everything in between! I hope these tips help you as you navigate through your own items!

  • Taylor Smith

    I like to “shop” my closet. I wear it as if I am trying it on in the store. If I wouldn’t purchase it again, I toss it or donate!!!
    Taylor | blondeandambitiousblog.com

    • Exactly! I kept asking myself, “Would I repurchase this today?” If not, out it goes!

  • Cleaning out my closet is on my to do list for Monday so this is right on time. I love the idea of getting rid of anything that you wouldn’t repurchase.


    • Happy closet cleaning! I hope you can use these tips as you make your way through your own closet πŸ™‚

  • Such a great post! I have a hard time letting go of sentimental pieces of clothing but always feel so good after cleaning out my closet.

    xo Brie

    • I know that it can be so difficult to get rid of those items, but sometimes it’s necessary to do so if you don’t wear them, or they don’t serve any purpose other than taking up space in your home

  • PREACH. Yes!!! I’m trying to cleanse my closet again!

    • Thanks for your comment, Summer! I’m happy to know this post inspired you to tackle your closet πŸ™‚

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