Closet Purge 101

Some advice on what to keep in your closet and what to take to a thrift store near you this Spring

By Briana Anderson

The winter blues have come and gone, and now it’s time to revamp your wardrobe for the spring and summer!

When clearing out your items, you should keep in mind some of the top trends for this spring, especially those looks carrying over from the fall!

  • Crop tops
  • Sheer fabrics
  • Wide-leg pants – especially in white
  • Graphic prints – Black and white color combos were taking over the runways for spring 2014
  • Fringe
  • Embellished details
  • Floral – ladylike and preppy florals are all the it for the spring and summer

When it comes to cleaning out the closet, I’m terrible at getting rid of pieces. Will I really wear this? It’s the worst question for me to ask myself, because I will usually envision one random time when I could wear it and end up leaving it in my closet to collect dust. So, how do you contain the anxiety that comes with clearing out the old and making way for the new?

The first indicator that your item should be thrown in the “toss” pile is the last time that you wore it. Because let’s face it, if you haven’t worn it for a year, you’re probably never going to wear it, unless these pieces are formal dresses or suits. I’m referring to those blouses or pants that just don’t seem to flatter you the way you remember; GOT TO GO. Keep the basics that everybody needs – a little black dress, white oxford shirt, great pair of jeans, black heels, nude pumps, a nice blazer and so on. For shoes, get rid of pairs that are uncomfortable, damaged or just downright ugly (we all have those pieces we regret buying later).

Moving on to that jewelry box. The same rules for clothing apply to jewelry. Haven’t worn it in the last year? Reconsider keeping it. Don’t wear silver or gold anymore? Keep the metal that you favor and donate or sell the rest. There’s nothing worse than opening a closet or jewelry box and thinking you have a bunch of things to wear, when in reality you don’t. Get rid of that old, turned jewelry.. Get rid of the jewelry set you kept from your aunt to keep from hurting her feelings. You don’t need it, and you could be using that space for other things!

Makeup. Makeup. Makeup. Boy, I do love makeup. But, that’s no reason to hoard old eye shadow, foundation or blush. First things first, handle the brushes. Are they shedding while you’re using them? Splurge and buy yourself some new ones. Take it from someone who just did the same: your face will thank you. Been keeping an old foundation “just in case”? Chances are that foundation isn’t in great condition anymore and shouldn’t be put on your face (probably the wrong shade, too!). The same goes for old eye shadow and mascara. If it looks clumpy on the brush and doesn’t glide on smooth, don’t put it on your eyes. You’re asking for a reaction or just really nasty looking eyelashes. Old powder puffs and makeup sponges - replace them. You will be surprised the change in your skin by just cleaning out your old makeup.