1. Throw on some pump up jams!
A killer playlist will energize you and get you pumped up to tackle your wardrobe.
2. Clear out your closet and all your drawers.
Empty your closets and your drawers of absolutely everything. Categorize the items (dresses, sweaters, pants, etc..) Keep each category in a separate pile.
3. Clean the inside of your closet.
A closet spring-cleaning just doesn't mean organization. An emptied-out closet is the perfect chance to (finally) wipe down your shelving, racks and any containers you might have, and to vacuum all those tight spaces usually crammed with stuff.
4. Subdivide each category of clothing.
Take each category — for example, dresses — and divide this into separate piles for each different type (summer dresses, casual dresses, formal dresses, etc...) This allows you to see exactly what you have. This is also where you realize you have more LBDs than you need, and you could even start to create a capsule wardrobe.
5. Grab a friend.
Go through this process with your friend/roommate whose opinion you trust. A second pair of eyes will be handy when you're debating over keeping/tossing that body-con crop top that you think you might wear but "just haven't gotten around to."
6. Split items into 'yes,' 'maybe' and 'no' piles.
Work through one category at a time so that it's not overwhelming. Immediately hang your 'yes' items back in your closet. (Tip: Get matching hangers so that your closet looks streamlined.) Evaluate your 'maybes,' but be brutal.
7. Put anything that doesn't fit, you haven't worn in one year, or that is worn out into the 'no' pile.
No excuses. If you haven't worn it, it goes. Use this Vogue-approved chart as your guide.
8. Tackle the 'no' pile.
Don't just throw things out. Separate unwanted clothing into three piles: toss, donate, and sell. It's easier to let go of clothing when you know that it'll go to someone in need, or that you'll be getting a good buck in return. If items are no longer in wearable condition (rips, stains, etc.), add them to the toss bag and give them to textile recycling centers like this one.
Hit up The Container Store and go to town! Invest in slim hangers, shoe boxes, and seasonal storage boxes. An organized closet will make getting dressed so much easier.
10. Maintain your closet.
Keep a log of everything you buy, and make sure you're not re-buying things you already have.