Liz over 5 years ago by Liz Adams

Why Cleaning Out Your Closet Creates a More Functional Wardrobe

Shop the post: Velvet Plaid Coat (sized down, wearing an XS), Vince Cable Sweater, AGOLDE High Rise Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Boots (true to size!)

Shop the post: Velvet Plaid Coat (sized down, wearing an XS), Vince Cable Sweater, AGOLDE High Rise Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Boots (true to size!)

Cleaning out my closet had been on my to-do list for the past few months. You know those mornings when you open your closet only to feel like you have absolutely nothing to wear? That is usually a sign that it is time to make a purge. I have slowly filled up bags to donate over the past couple months and it is amazing how much lighter my closet feels! My problem when it comes to shopping is that I tend to buy the same thing over and over, never really filling the actual voids in my wardrobe. Cleaning out my closet allows me to connect the dots a little bit and see where my closet is lacking. 

How To Purge Your Closet

When it comes to deciding what to donate, I always start with the pieces I’ve made excuses for in previous seasons. If they still haven’t received the wear they deserve then it is time for them to go to a new home. If an item has been worn TOO much, I usually donate these too. Share the wealth a little bit, you know? Once I’ve narrowed these down I then go through and think to myself “would I wear this piece out of the house right now?” If the answer is no, I’ll donate it. If the piece truly doesn’t bring me joy or doesn’t make me feel confident when I wear it – time to go! I know that it is sometimes hard to separate from pieces that you’ve paid a pretty penny for – then in that case you should start a Poshmark account or something similar. 

How to Successfully Organize Your Closet

How do you organize your closet? I like to organize by style so I can see what I have in each category. By doing so it creates a clearer understanding of where you’re missing key pieces. My formula for getting dressed is like going down the line in my closet. For fall, I start with jeans, then blouses/tops, then sweaters and jackets. My dresses are tucked away because they don’t get as much wear these days. I keep my scarves/winter accessories in these bins at the bottom of my closet and then my shoes are lined up on these racks and boots are stored away. I’m sure you’ve noticed on my IG stories but we have a very small closet so we have to work with what we’ve got! I’ve found the finding useful storage alternatives has helped a lot!

What I’m Buying for Fall

I realized that I am in need of a few new basics for fall. Easy layering pieces that really get the most wear season after season. These are usually the pieces that have to be replaced every year because I wear them too damn much. My problem with shopping is that I sometimes get caught up in the novelty items (hello beautiful plaid coat!) and forget about basic outfit essentials. It’s time to replenish some of my most worn items. Here are few pieces I’m shopping:

Tissue Turtleneck. every season I wear these to death! The perfect layer under cozy cardigans and sweaters on those extra chilly days. I also love them tucked into skirts with boots. I usually buy in a few colors!

Madewell Tee. My biggest pet peeve is when I wash my t-shirts and the neck shrinks. I’ve found that these tees hold their shape really well!

Jeans. I recently donated a bunch of jeans that either no longer fit or just weren’t my style anymore. In last week’s Coffee with Liz post (one of my favorites!) I rounded up 5 of my favorite styles and I just ordered my favorite Everlane skinnies in a new color (they are under $70!).

Flannel shirt. I don’t know about you but my plaid shirts look beat after the long fall/winter months. Clearly they get their wear! I’ve already ordered a couple colors in this style (I ordered the white plaid and black check).

A warm coat. This year I really need to update my winter coat situation. Not just a cute coat, I need a WARM coat. I’m leaning towards Canada Goose but I’d love your recommendations! 

I may or may not have bought one or more of these, too!