6-19-17 THIS WEEK: A Closet Clean Out

June 19, 2017, 4:07 pm by MSP


Closet purging and decluttering can be a life long struggle. It was for me...until I started dressing with capsule wardrobes. Prior to making capsule wardrobes, I’d go through my clothes, rearrange my closet, remove a few things, and then add in even more. I felt the need to welcome each new season by going shopping. Do you see the vicious cycle I’ve got going on here?

Last year, when I finally decided to clean out my closet for good, a lot of questions and suppressed emotions came up:

Guilt: “Why did I spend so much money on things I ended up not wearing?” 

Irritation: “Am I going to have to do all this work again in 6 months?”

Panic: “If I let it go, will I have enough to wear?”

Each question rolled around in my mind.  After repeating the same closet issues every new season for years, I felt I had to make some changes. If your closet decluttering (or storage) issues are feeling like a vicious cycle, clean out your closet once and for all-just like I did.

Use this step-by-step process to clean out your closet. This migh be the last time you ever need to.


Mark your closet clean out on your calendar. Depending on how much decluttering you need to do, you may may need half a day. Get a sitter, clear out the time and-just do it.

Turn up the music. Seriously, music gets you going. It also can soothe you. Turn on your favorite upbeat music, and also get ready to play songs that calm you down. Music is the driving force to your closet decluttering-so turn it on (or "up" if we're talking volume).

Take everything out of your closet. Yes, completely empty--out--your--closet. Move everything onto your bed. This way, you’ll be motivated to complete this project before bedtime.

Vacuum your closet, wipe clean the walls (paint?)


Go through all the clothes that are now on your bed. Sort them into 4 piles onto your bedroom floor:

_I Love Them Pile: I love these items. They fit well and I wear them often.

_Maybe Pile: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (you know you have those items)

_Donate Pile: These items don’t fit my body or my lifestyle.

_Trash Pile: These items are super worn and in poor condition.

Sort everything until your bed is clear and everything is sorted into 1 of the 4 piles on the floor.

Bag up items from the donate pile and put them in your car to take to your local charity.

Throw out the too worn clothes in your trash.

Take a second look at your 2 remaining piles. Ask yourself: 1. If I was shopping today, would I purchase this item? 2. Do I see myself wearing this item in the next 2-3 months? If the answers are no to these questions...add them to the donate pile. Be ruthless here. 

Now, slowly put everything back into your closet. Move out of season clothes to another closet or a large plastic storage box.

RELAX. I've done it!


You are ready to create capsules. With the remaining clothes now hanging in your closet, you're ready to make (life changing) wardrobe capsules. Everything you need to help you create your capsules (for year-round, dressy or casual, for any climate) are included in my new eBook: The Ultimate Caspule Wardrobe.

With the clutter cleared out from your closet, use the eBook's sample capsules, lists, and charts to start dressing more stylish with the clothes you DO wear.

In this week's article, I share-my summer capsule(s) and show photos of my (final) recent closet clean out. This week's article, "A Closet Clean Out"...will motivate you to make some serious changes with your closet-and in the process help you improve your style!


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Since this week's topic is about cleaning out closets and I'm sharing the best ways to get it done, plus showing you my very own closet-CLEANED OUT...this week's style mission just makes sense. After using this week's article and cleaning out your closet (even if it's only one section at a time) make your very own "summer uniform".

Use this idea to help you make your own "summer uniform"...



What SYSters are Saying


Dear Leslie,

I was a tad skeptical about getting a subscription to your personal fashion advice. But I thought for $15 that I would spend on something else, why not?

I have been ill and on medication for several years, the medication made me gain 18 pounds in a week. Depression, overeating, not being able to be active, boredom, overeating more, I gained another 60 pounds in 2 years. I work from home so don't need to "dress nice". My husband and I run a business from home and don't make much money for extras like clothes.
Really long story short, we got paid for a good sized job and I took $125 and went shopping after purging 4 kitchen bags full of clothes out of the closet.  I came back with one pair of great fitting trousers, a dressy blouse, colored shell and over blouse. Not bad considering nothing in 4 stores even came close to my style. Several didn't have my size, and when I did find clothes to buy, I wanted them to feel good and be able to wear them not waste more money on clothes I don't wear. I wanted to feel good in them, and I do. Everything was 75% off the original prices, so I actually got a retail of over $400 in clothes.
Everything I purchased goes with what I have left in my closet and can be worn to run errands for the business, go to customer’s homes, or out to dinner.

So, for my first three months investment in your program, I have not only saved the $300 in clothes, but I feel good, great in fact, about how I look. Because I'm dressing for me right now, not being depressed about the way I used to look or will "someday" look.
So thank you for not only the "fashion" advice, but the inspiration of dressing for my body right now, not putting it off until "someday when I get thin again" thinking. I'm feeling healthier and the circle continues. The better I feel about myself, the more motivated I am to loose more weight, but in the mean time, I'm dressing for me, right now, the size I am.


Love, Kathy


Dearest MSP,
About 6 months ago I purchased my personal profile (I'm a very curvy B) and learned a lot but didn't put any of it into practice until about 3 months ago.
Finally, after years of HATING my body and crying whenever I tried clothes on in a dressing room, I am able to look in the mirror and stand tall! I accept the flaws with the idea that I can improve by going to the gym and, more importantly, I can finally ACCEPT that I have assets as well.
This is HUGE for me because I am finally able to take pride in my appearance instead of just throwing on whatever was available. I’ve now lost almost 20 lbs because I’m more aware of my body and want to take care for it. Wow your style help was the turning point for me!
Thank you so much for encouraging me to love my shape. Deb