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Closet Detox


Detoxing one’s closet can be a deeply emotional experience for many individuals. We often find ourselves holding on to clothing items for various reasons, even though they may never work or look good on us, and perhaps may never even fit us.

The act of decluttering our wardrobe is not just about getting rid of physical possessions; it also involves letting go of emotional attachments and old narratives associated with those items. It requires introspection and a willingness to confront our own insecurities and fears.

We tend to hold on to clothing for various reasons, such as sentimental value, nostalgia, or the hope that we may eventually fit into them again. However, it is important to recognize that these reasons often hold us back from creating a functional and enjoyable wardrobe that truly reflects our style and personality.

Detoxing our closet allows us to make space for clothes that truly serve us in the present moment. It encourages us to curate a collection of garments that make us feel confident, comfortable, and aligned with our current lifestyle.

While the process of letting go can be challenging at times, it also provides an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery. By releasing what no longer serves us in terms of clothing choices, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and a sense of liberation.

In conclusion, detoxing one’s closet goes beyond simply organizing clothes; it is an emotional journey that requires self-reflection and acceptance. By letting go of items that no longer work or look good on us, we create space for new beginnings and cultivate a wardrobe that truly represents who we are today.

Now, everything out and take inventory of your closet using the detox exercise below and toss to the side everything that’s not giving you a win. You want a win every morning.

Closet Detox Exercise

Step 1: Set Your Intention Begin by setting your intention for the closet detox exercise. Think about what you hope to achieve and how you want your wardrobe to align with your personal style, lifestyle, and goals.

Step 2: Create Categories Create categories to help you sort through your clothing. Common categories include tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, shoes, and accessories. You can further divide these categories based on your needs or preferences.

Step 3: Empty Your Closet Take everything out of your closet and place it in a designated area, such as your bed or a nearby table. This will give you a clear view of your entire wardrobe.

Step 4: Sort and Evaluate Begin sorting your clothes into the categories you created. As you handle each item, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does it fit well and flatter my body shape?
  • Have I worn it in the past year?
  • Does it align with my personal style and current lifestyle?
  • Is it in good condition (no stains, holes, or excessive wear)?
  • Does it make me feel confident and comfortable when I wear it?

Step 5: Keep, Donate, Discard Make three separate piles: one for items you want to keep, one for items you want to donate, and one for items you want to discard. Be honest with yourself and let go of items that no longer serve you or bring you joy.

Step 6: Organize and Reassemble Clean and organize your closet space. As you put your clothes back in, consider organizing them in a way that makes sense to you. This could be by color, style, or frequency of use. Use this opportunity to declutter any unnecessary items from your closet, including hangers, shoeboxes, and accessories.

Step 7: Reflect and Reevaluate Take a step back and reflect on your newly organized closet. Notice how it feels to have a more streamlined and intentional wardrobe. Consider if there are any gaps you need to fill or if there are items you might need to shop for to complete your ideal wardrobe.

Step 8: Maintenance and Mindfulness Make a commitment to regularly maintain your closet and avoid accumulating unnecessary items. Mindfully consider your purchases, focusing on quality over quantity and choosing items that truly align with your personal style and wardrobe goals.

Remember, the purpose of this exercise is to create a closet that supports your personal style and makes getting dressed a joyous experience. Be open to letting go of items that no longer serve you and embrace the opportunity to curate a wardrobe that reflects your true self.

Closet Cleaning Worksheet

Step 1: Assess Your Current Wardrobe

  1. Take a look at your closet and make note of any emotions or thoughts that come up regarding your current wardrobe.
  2. Consider the clothes that make you feel confident, comfortable, and happy, as well as those that no longer serve you or align with your personal style.
  3. Identify any specific goals or intentions you have for your wardrobe, such as decluttering, organizing, or updating your style.

Step 2: Sort and Categorize

  1. Empty your entire closet and start sorting your clothing into categories, such as tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and accessories.
  2. Within each category, further separate items into subcategories based on style, color, or season, if desired.
  3. As you sort, make note of any items that you no longer wear, don’t fit, or are in poor condition. This will help you identify what to keep, donate, or discard.

Step 3: Evaluate Each Item

  1. Go through each item individually and ask yourself the following questions:
    • Does it fit well and flatter my body shape?
    • Have I worn it in the past year?
    • Does it align with my personal style and current lifestyle?
    • Is it in good condition (no stains, holes, or excessive wear)?
    • Does it make me feel confident and comfortable when I wear it?

Step 4: Make Decisions

  1. Create separate piles for items to keep, donate, and discard.
  2. Keep items that pass the evaluation and align with your personal style and wardrobe goals.
  3. Donate gently used items that no longer serve you but are still in good condition.
  4. Discard items that are damaged, stained, or beyond repair.

Step 5: Organize and Reassemble

  1. Clean and organize your closet space, ensuring it’s free from dust and clutter.
  2. Decide on a system for organizing your clothes, whether by category, color, or any other method that suits your preferences.
  3. Reassemble your curated wardrobe, placing items back into your closet in an organized and visually pleasing manner.

Step 6: Reflect and Plan

  1. Take a moment to reflect on your closet cleaning experience and the decisions you made.
  2. Consider what you’ve learned about your personal style, clothing preferences, and future shopping habits.
  3. Make a plan for maintaining an organized and intentional wardrobe, including regular closet cleanouts and thoughtful purchasing decisions.

Note: This worksheet is designed to guide you through the process of cleaning out your closet and creating a more intentional wardrobe. Feel free to adapt it to suit your specific needs and preferences. Remember, the ultimate goal is to create a wardrobe that reflects your personal style, makes you feel confident, and supports your lifestyle.


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