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It’s Time for a Closet Clean Out! Part One: Recognizing the Problem

closet clean out. I started my closet clean out last year with my shoes and then a couple of months later, I purged a few articles of clothing too.

Since then, I’ve tried to pay better attention to what shoes and clothes I wear on a regular basis, and which ones I groan about when they come up in my clothing rotation. Yes, I have a clothing rotation. Instead of using the hanger trick where you flip all the hanger backwards to see which articles of clothing you have and haven’t worn at the end of a year, I keep a rotating cycle of all of my clothes (well, my shirts anyhow).

I only own a limited number of bottoms:

Skirts – 9

Dress Capris – 6

Dress Pants – 10

Jeans – 7

Yoga and Workout Pants/Leggings – 5

Workout Capris – 7

Total – 44 (this does not include pajama pants)

Yikes! That’s more than I thought, but I still own FAR FEWER pants than tops. (I know. That’s scary! I’m not going to count all of my shirts because I have way too many to count.)

Anyhow, in order to make sure I wear all of my shirts and that I’m not wearing the same 5 shirts each week to work, I rotate my shirts by hanging them at the back of the section when they come out of the wash and I wear them from the front of the section.

After a while, I started to notice that I was skipping over the very first few shirts again and again because I didn’t want to wear them. This alerted me to the fact that it’s time for me to do a closet clean out again.

After getting rid of about 20 pairs of shoes last year.

After getting rid of about 20 pairs of shoes last year.

Also since I got rid of about 20-ish pairs of shoes last year I’ve done a pretty good job of exercising the 1 in 1 out rule with my shoes. Plus I just didn’t buy nearly as many in 2014 as I did in years past (because I’m living on a strict budget to pay off my debt). Even so, I know there are several pairs that I haven’t worn since I did my purge last January.

With these things in mind, I decided to split my closet clean out into a couple of different parts so I can take my time and make good decisions rather than rushing through everything all at once. I also prepared by taking “before” pictures of my closet and shoes.

I haven’t gotten rid of anything yet, but I hope that when I do you’ll be able to see some difference in the photos, haha.

I’ll be tackling my the first part of my closet clean out project this weekend, so stay tuned to see the results next week!


Do you need to do a closet clean out? How will you be tackling your project?

About the author


Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

It’s Time for a Closet Clean Out! Part One: Recognizing the Problem - Shoeaholic No More - February 18, 2015

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ARBM - February 18, 2015

Oh, exciting! I really want to do a clean-out of my closet, so I am excited to see your results. I’m sure they will inspire me. 🙂

    Kayla - February 18, 2015

    I hope you’ll find it helpful and inspiring. 🙂

Kate @ Money Propeller - February 20, 2015

Thanks to you, I think I want to clean my closet this weekend! 🙂 I have 10 pair of jeans but I only used two of it!

    Kayla - February 20, 2015

    I worked on mine just for about 15 minutes last night and already got rid of 9 pairs of shoes and 4 shirts. I still have more to do, but breaking it up into smaller pieces helps keep me from being overwhelmed.

Chela @SmashOdyssey - February 21, 2015

Geez! This totally made me feel like a pauper haha. And it made me feel less bad about never really doing closet clean outs. I have 3 skirts, 4 slacks, 0 capris, 2 workout pants, 2 jeans. Hahaha! I’d like to say I wear them all regularly, but it’s been too cold for the skirts. I do have a lot of tops though (well, compared to bottoms), and I do my best to rotate through them evenly.

    Kayla - February 22, 2015

    Yeah, I have a TON of clothes. I do wear all of the bottoms, but I don’t wear all of my shirts. So it’s time for somethings to go. Plus, I probably do need to get rid of a couple pairs of jeans that are totally worn out and don’t look very nice for even our “casual” Fridays at work anymore. Thinking of getting rid of 2 and maybe only getting 1 in replacement…

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