Closet Cleaning Flow Chart

Closet Organizing, Closet Cleaning Tips

I clean out my closet twice a year and with this particular spring cleaning I've been a little more discriminating than usual as there have been a number of items I've held onto for awhile. Some pieces are like rediscovered treasures which I'm happily wearing again but there are also some things I probably won't due to fit or style. I've sold designer pieces and things in good or like new condition through Thredup and I also donated two bags to Goodwill. It feels liberating to purge and free up some room. I've also determined that I'll be shopping my own closet from now on and if I add anything, it will probably be something classic that I can still wear in the future. Some of my favorite pieces now are like 6 - 8 years old.

The title of this flowchart is a little explicit but the the advice is practical and useful. When's the last time you cleaned out your closet?

Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the US today. Let us be thankful as we honor and remember those who bravely made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for those who still serve.


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44 comments

My Garden Diaries said...

This is genius!!!! I am SO using this tomorrow! I am not kidding....I will be propping up my computer to this page so I can start the process! Thanks for sharing...and it's funny too! Have a great day tomorrow Rowena! Nicole xo

Emmylou said...

I've actually been pretty good lately about cleaning my closet. It helps that I have a small one! :D Still, I should have this chart handy.

Fashion and Lifestyle Blog said...

Love this so much!

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Angel Pinkoolaid said...

so helpful! :) I wish i had the motivation to do a major cleanup

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Lilli said...

Morning Rowena! Oh well, I did it when the winter started but still have to do the proper one for the upcoming summer! But everytime I do it, it makes me feel well and less stressed. I usually keep all the stuff I wear and if I didnt put on the last 2 years I throw it away, I tend to have the only things I need though so there isnt a huge cleaning everytime. One things wish I had though, more space!:) Have a lovely week! xo

Anonymous said...

I love this! It's pretty much my thought pattern when cleaning out my closet, but on paper, haha.

Paola Lauretano said...

Very cool, it's really interesting!!!
Happy new week doll!!!
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Shireen L. Platt said...

LOL! Love the flow chart! I had a major clean out last year for the move and currently am slowly buying season appropriate pieces. It's a long and painful process though, I'm still trying to learn what is right/wrong and for what weather.

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

Anonymous said...

I regularly try to clean my closet. The majority of my clothes are donated but I try to sell designer items if possible.


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Cheryl van den Berg said...

I don't always follow these rules (for sentimental reasons) but they totally make sense for a closet clean up!

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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

I must admit, last time I did it was back in 2006 or so (took a dozen of items to the charity shop).... I buy so very few things that I still wear the ones from 10-15 years ago. :)

Corinne said...

I need to do this but I know I'd never end up sticking to it! I keep so much junk :(

Corinne x
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Maggie Dallospedale said...

So useful baby
Kisses
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mariafelicia magno said...

this is so good..i want to try to make it

Nicky mywishstyle said...

That's very interesting

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Ivana Split said...

This flow chart is great...I try to organize my closet well, but it is not my strong point so I do some kind of cleaning every few months. I think there would be no need for it, if it was better organized. Anyhow, I always feel better when I do it.

I love vintage pieces so I try to hang on to clothes, but at the same time I don't buy clothes often. On average I buy only a few clothing items during the course a year...I also try to shop my closet!

trishie said...

Funny, I just cleaned out my wardrobe on the weekend!

Jackie Harrison said...

I need this chart very helpful

Stella said...

I've seen this chart again. It is so freaking helpful!
We always end up with so many clothes we don't wear!
x
Stella from a A Shiny Place

Bash Harry said...

Haha, I just reorganized my closet and this is incredible! I clean out my closet often, but it makes me realize how many clothes I have that I don't wear! Hahaha. I'll show this to my parents, they definitely a closet clean up!

xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

Elle Sees said...

i did this a few weeks ago but want to do another purge! 5 trash bags headed to goodwill!

Lenya said...

This is a very helpful chart, Rowena. I need to do a clean out, tho.
xox
Lenya
FashionDreams&Lifestyle

Diana Mieczan said...

This chart is genius! Perfect timing since I'm planning to clean my closet this upcoming weekend. Kisses

Maru Ramirez said...

This is fantastic Rowena! I have to clean my closet soon, so I will be using this for sure

Style For Mankind said...

Great chart! Have a great day! xx

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

That flowchart is awesome, and I love Thredup!

Jane said...

love it! i have been more active about cleaning out my closet! i just did so again. and donating to goodwill and using thredup has been awesome for me!

Gabrielle said...

I'll admit, the explicit title made me giggle - ultimately, this is a great flow chart! I also clean out my wardrobe twice a year and funnily enough, my next 'culling' is happening this week :)

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
x

JOURNAL OF STYLE said...

OMG! It's been a while!! Haha! But I know that feeling of satisfaction when you've finally cleaned out your closet - physically and mentally! ;) Have a wonderful day, Rowena! <3

xxx Ira
JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

Raqda Saeed said...

Lovely Blog, and great flow chart by the way:)

Raqda / http://www.raydantblog.com

Alicia Mackin said...

Oh I did a MAJOR spring cleaning about a month ago and and 7 large packs and some electronics on the porch for pick up, it felt GREAT!

Allie of ALLIENYC
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Valerie Price said...

It has been forever since I've cleaned my closet...this is really helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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Marcela Gmd said...

It's really interesting!!!
Have a good week, dear Rowena!!! my g+and like for you!!!:)))

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June said...

Hahah this is so cool
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Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

Love the flow chart :) I cleaned out my closet a while back, and it was indeed liberating. No more hoping that this or that will come back in style because I'm too sentimental to throw it away. It was nice to be able to see what I have in my closet, helps getting dressed easier and faster in the morning, lol!

Kim Alston said...

I clean out my closet twice a year too Rowena! It really helps manage everything. This system REALLY helps! My closet is so much more manageable now. I have a lot of neutrals in my closet. And a lot of pieces work with other things so I can mix and match. It really saves you money when you purchase quality classic pieces and items.
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little luxury list said...

Yes I'm on a purge too! When I get back to NY, I will do another purge. BTW, id you happen to be free next week, want to get a snack?
I hope you had a good holiday!

xoxo,
little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

K / House of KTS said...

OMG the name of that "Unfuck Your Closet" is simply hilarious. But the message is so true. Thanks for the laugh today girl :). I loved this post.

Kia / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)
http://www.houseofkts.com

jo said...

This is very helpful Rowena! I have to use this the next time I clean my closet, but every time I do. It gets messy again. Haha.

xo Jo

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Stanislava E. said...

I recently cleaned out my closet, but to be honest I don't do it often. And btw it's a good advise to donate clothes, but I always think they are too worn to give them to someone. Otherwise, I think it's really refreshing doing this once in a while. I feel lighter and definitely my closet feels so. This post was a good reminder.

Chelsea Borgerding said...

Gosh, wouldnt we all benefit from a good closet clean out! Thank you for sharing this awesome diagram!

Chelsea
Ginger Side of Life

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I just did actually. I think I tend to do it at least twice a year.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

LOVE the chart btw. So funny and useful.