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7 Tips to Clean Out Your Closet

This post is sponsored by thinkThin®, but all opinions are my own.

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When we moved to Seattle, I went from having a whole room as a closet (thank you Midwest cost of living) to sky-high rent in 850 square feet. Luckily, we managed to snag one of the units with the biggest closets in our building, but it still takes being hyper organized and cleaning out my closet regularly to keep things in check.

thinkThin® Protein Bites inspired me to break down my closet, little by little and really clean it out. As I get older, I really learn that less is more. I’m trying to adopt a European mindset with less, but better quality items (but I still can’t resist a savvy style find every once in a while).

If you want to do some serious spring cleaning on your closet, here are 7 steps to leave your wardrobe feeling edited and fresh:

1. Take every item out of it. I know this may sound a bit extreme, but that is the only way to truly get a new start. Yes, this could very well take an entire day, but fuss-free and fiercely dressed mornings are so worth it. If that sounds a bit too extreme, try taking out your closet by sections (i.e. sweaters, blouses, flats, etc.)

2. With each piece, ask the following questions: When was the last time I wore this? Does it fit? Is their a stain or is there any defective zippers or missing buttons? If I saw it in a store now, would I buy it? If you are having a lot of no’s and if you haven’t worn it, donate it, sell it or trash it. Less is more when it comes to cultivating the perfect closet.

3. If it passes the question test, place it back in an organized way. I wrote this post on exactly how I organize my closet over four years ago, but I still keep everything the exact same way. Do whatever makes sense to you! For me, it’s having all tops organized by sleeve length and then color (i.e. tank tops, T-shirts, blouses, long-sleeves – then by color in each category). I personally fold my knits and shorts because it makes sweaters last longer and shorts are easy to store that way. Because when you can find what you actually want, it makes getting dressed a whole lot easier.

4. Use the backward hanger strategy. This is something you do as your wear clothes to make a future closet clean out truly painless. As you wear an item, turn the hanger backwards. This way, in 4 or 6 months, when you are itching for another closet clean out, you simply go through the hangers that aren’t turned the opposite way. Brilliant, right?

5. Use coveted items as decor. Have a pair of fab shoes? Show them off! Put them on a shelf or make a shoe wall! No need to hide your beautiful collection. I incorporate accessories (like the shoes I’m wearing at my wedding) into my shelves above my desk to inspire me, plus provide much-needed excess shoe storage. Find pretty dishes, trays, even cute Target dining bowls to store bracelets in.

6. Invest in your closet. By this, I don’t just mean the pieces in it (even though, we’ve already established that’s a solid idea), but rather the things you use to store it. A chic shoe rack, coordinating wood hangers, pretty display pieces or any type of organizational product is a win for your closet.

7. Don’t forget to stop and have a snack break – seriously! I always get shaky because hours fly by when I’m combing through my closet and I get week (hey, it’s hard work!). My go-to? thinkThin® protein bites. They are so yummy and easy to snack on without slowing you down. Because when you get in a cleaning mood, you have to take advantage of it!

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Protein helps fuel a full, energetic life. And good nutrition should always be delicious. That’s why

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How do you clean out your closet? I’d love to hear!


This week we are featuring Shannon, from Upbeat Soles and Sheree, from Posh Classy Mom.

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As always, thank you for reading.


4 Responses

  1. Great tips, the backward hanger is brilliant!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • Brenna

      Thank you, Sheree! And my grandma actually taught me that. It’s a game-changer.


  2. Kylan

    I’d love to shop your giveaway items! I know they’d be fabulous.

    • Brenna

      Aw thanks Kylan, I’m about to list A BUNCH here soon (because we are moving in September). I post everything to @shopchicstreetstyle on Instagram.