Since spring has been in full swing recently, giving your wardrobe a thorough audit is the best way to kick-start your spring cleaning and refresh your wardrobe just in time for the warmer months.

A wardrobe audit is more than just another decluttering session, it’s about reflecting on the current state of your wardrobe and what you own, eliminating the items that no longer serve you, and identifying your personal style goals.

Investing the time to audit your wardrobe regularly will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by what you own, leaving you with the freedom to express your personal style without the stress of feeling like you have nothing to wear.

If you still need inspiration, I wrote about why you should simplify your wardrobe.

PREPARE

Write down a list of guiding questions to ask yourself while you’re auditing your wardrobe. Here are some examples of questions to ask:

  • Why do you want to do a wardrobe audit and what are you hoping to achieve?
  • What three words define your ideal personal style?
  • What color palette dominates your wardrobe?
  • What category or type of clothing do you want to cut down on?
  • Are there any duplicates of clothing pieces?
  • Are there any items that are damaged, ill-fitting, uncomfortable, or that you haven’t worn in 6-12 months?

THE AUDIT

Remove everything from your wardrobe and put it in one place.

Separate any clothes that are damaged, and unless you decide that they are worth fixing, put them into the discard pile.

Then, separate any clothes that you know you haven’t worn in 6-12 months or longer. Ask yourself, if I haven’t worn this piece in over 6 months, will I really ever wear it again? Or, is this item so old that it no longer serves me the way it used to?

Finally, go through and review the pile of clothing that you’re left with. Try separating the clothing into other piles based on categories of clothing (i.e. shirts, dresses, pants, etc.). Here are some more questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I wear this item regularly?
  • Does this piece of clothing bring me joy?
  • Do I feel comfortable and confident wearing it?
  • Do I already have another clothing item similar to this? If so, which one do I like better?

After you’ve finished going through all of your clothing, put everything that you’re getting rid of in a bag or box for donation/selling. Anything that goes back into your wardrobe should be only the clothes you love and wear regularly.

If you’re still unsure about a few pieces, try putting them into a box in your wardrobe that’s out of sight. If you don’t reach for those pieces after 6 months, get rid of them.

REFLECT

Ask yourself these questions after you’ve finished auditing your wardrobe:

  • Do the items you’re left with encapsulate your ideal style?
  • What does your wardrobe still need, if anything?
  • What items of clothing do you want to either fix, replace, buy more of, or buy less of?
  • Are you content with your wardrobe, or does it still need some updating?

Auditing our wardrobes and reflecting on our clothing ownership on a regular basis is important in allowing our clothing and style to evolve and change as we do.

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