Five Tips to Evaluating Your Closet

By Stephanie, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

The tasks I find the most daunting always involve my closet, which includes organizing, cleaning and evaluating my closet needs.  I often stand there in frustration over where to start. So, if you’re in the same boat I am, here are a few questions to keep you rational and levelheaded as you head into the danger zone!

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1. How much space do I have?

  • Most of our closets are bursting at the brim. Personally, I find that the walkway in front of my closet easily becomes a disaster zone because there’s just no way to physically put away all the clothing I own. So, there’s my problem—too much clothing, not enough space. At this point you have to ask yourself, can I get more space (like buying an extra clothing rack) or will I need to purge my closet? It’s up to you, however I prefer to clean out and trade (to Buffalo, of course) for something new. Although that defeats the purpose of cleaning your closet out, if you buy something new. Oh well, who doesn’t love a new piece of clothing!?

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2. What do I want to buy and do I already have it?

  • This question will probably remind you of what a friend may have said while shopping with you, “Don’t you already own that?” Those words never sit well, because as defensive as you may get you reply with, “It’s not the same!” But is it? If you remember what you have in your closet, ask yourself, “Why you don’t want to wear it?” and “Are you ready to upgrade?” Don’t hold on to both or the lesser of the two will just get pushed to the side and loose value over time. One in and one out.

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3. Will I wear this next season?

  • I find myself holding onto an abundance of jackets and sweaters even though I live in the desert. I hold on to them because I’m never sure what I’m going to feel like wearing next season. There are a few ways to aid this problem:
    • Stop buying items out of season unless it’s a classic piece like a peacoat or a down jacket.
    • If you were iffy this past season, when the next season hits wear it immediately and decide then.
    • If you’re over it then sell them to Buffalo right away while you can get the most for your items.

     

4. Am I going to fix it?

  • If you are the type of person that can buy a damaged or slightly off item and take the time to fix it, then I give you kudos! I often find myself buying an item that needs to be fixed, because it’s discounted or a good deal. Though nine times out of ten it ends up living a lonely life in a bag of hopes and dreams that will never see the light of day. So, my advice here is fix it or get rid of it and ever better, don’t buy it.

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5. But what if …?

  • A clothing hoarder’s number one fear is always going to be “But what if. …” This is where a big deep breath and a moment of perspective will help. Have you ever had trouble finding the item you really wanted to wear and end up wearing something else? You probably still had a great time and felt good about the outfit you were in. Selling and trading out clothing is a lot like that. There’s a sudden panic about future moments in which you will want to wear it. If you have as much clothing as I think you do, then you’ll be ok. Think about it this way; if you keep items purely for the “what  if” moments as opposed to something you can throw on everyday, then you’re just taking up space in your closet! Space that you could use to put away those new-to-you items from Buffalo.

Hopefully these tips will help guide you through a closet clean out and evaluation. One thing I like to remind myself is that fashion is ever-changing, so clothing rotation is key when keeping your closet updated. Even if you’re not into following major trends, your style is always evolving and a rotating closet leaves room for creativity and exploration!

Best of luck in your closet endeavors!

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Stephanie is a connoisseur of shoes and small brass figurines. Born and raised in Tucson, AZ, she is the Art Director for Buffalo Exchange. Her favorite words include “Yikes” “Banana” and “Paradox.” You can see adorable photos of her dog here @StephLewPhotog.

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2 Responses to Five Tips to Evaluating Your Closet

  1. Loved this article! I’m originally from San Diego, CA and moved to New York about a year ago. My style has changed a ton since I’ve relocated but my overall wardrobe has stayed the same, and I go through that “I have nothing to wear!” moment every morning even though my drawers and closet are full. I’ll definitely be using these tips to help clear it out!

    Melanie
    http://www.laceandcombatboots.com

  2. Jacqui says:

    Thank you for assuaging the “what if?” fears. Lucky for me, there’s a Buffalo about 4 blocks from my apartment — a great place to let go of some of the items I know I’ll never get around to wearing (but that someone else might just love).

    Shameless blog promotion alert, but I put together a similar piece on overhauling your closet a while back. This exercise really helped me gain a sense of perspective/ sanity around my wardrobe:

    http://www.birds-of-a-thread.com/2011/07/great-closet-overhaul-part-one.html

    <3 Jacqui

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