The Weekend Post #82: The Wardrobe Clear-Out

I am the definition of anti-hoarder. If I can make anything ‘capsule’ I will and T.V programmes titled’ The Hoarder Next Door’ and ‘Extreme Couponing’ have me itching to march over there with a roll of bin bags stuffed in my pocket. There is however an exception to this rule, *cough* makeup *cough*, but when it comes to my wardrobe – the more streamlined the better. Perhaps I’ve watched too much Gok Wan or maybe it’s just my Virgo, hyper-organised instincts kicking in again but I do love a good wardrobe clear-out at the weekend. And with even my hoarder boyfriend – the ying to my yang and all that – begging me to help him sort out his bulging wardrobe that easily dwarfs mine, I thought I’d pen down my five steps to wardrobe clarity. Drowning in clothes that haven’t seen the light of day for a few years? I’ve got your back.

1. Be brutal. Should be your mantra here. Get everything out, lay it down and if it hasn’t been worn in the last year then it’s out. Exceptions can be made for birthday dresses – the ones from my 18th and 21st are hanging around somewhere so one day I can show my future children and we can laugh at how noughties that was, but that’s it. The bin bag is waiting. 

2. Do the whole summer/winter wardrobe thang. It sounds a little cliché, but if space is a little lacking, siphoning off your out of season garb won’t go a miss. I have around 15-ish items packed in a cloth bag under my bed along with shoes that either would make my feet to warm/cold that I rotate round twice a year. What you’re seeing here is the summer wardrobe stock, if only my makeup was so narrowed down, eh?

3. Get organising. You’ve done your edit, now it’s time to rehang. Here’s how I like to do things. I order everything in clothing categories and in black to white in each – like I said, I’m a Virgo what can I say? It goes coats and jackets, long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, playsuits, dresses, trousers, shorts and skirts. Everything’s easy to spot, which means no wild tornado of clothes strewn everywhere each morning. Well…

4. The ‘Fancy Hanger’. Now this might seem like a strange addition, but propped on the end of my ‘skirts’ section I have a fancy hanger. The rest of my hangers originate from my time in retail, but one special one from Cath Kidston is reserved for special things only; necklaces, belts, little bags – if it can hang and doesn’t have a home then the upholstered hanger takes it in. A nice addition to keep handy any miscellaneous items in your wardrobe.

5. Fix-up, look sharp. This is the hurdle that I always fall down at. A real wardrobe spruce up isn’t complete until any broken bits are fixed; whip out your pot of mismatched buttons, unstick zips, cut those loose threads. And if it needs an iron (officially the worst chore of all time), get the board out and fire it up. Time to salvage my unstitched pair of Zara shoes – it’s needle and thread time.

Five steps to a slim-lined clothing stash and a full big old bin bag to take down the charity shop. Good deed of the day, done. Now who’s up for a serving of style… 


  • Anna Blush

    Great tips! I’m definitely guilty of hoarding clothes that I ‘might need one day’ x

  • I love it.
    Thank you for all the tips.
    I have to save up some money and build my wardrobe before I can even do this!

    Velia | Cocoamourr

  • Claire

    Thank you! Although I’m also a Virgo, I’m very much the definition of a hoarder… Now I just need a good enough wardrobe!

    Claire | Shining Like Silver

  • Great tips, Anna! I do my clothes by colour and type as well x

  • Anna

    Could you please do a wardrobe tour on YouTube? I would be very interested to have a closer look at your collection of clothing! Also all your posts are of real quality xx

  • Claudia

    I’m exactly the same! I hate hoarding and I’m even trying to get a grip on my make-up collection 😉 I wasn’t always like that – years ago I would buy a lot more clothes just because I might wanna wear them some time in the future even though they wouldn’t fit or look especially good on me right now. but since it was mostly cheap H&M stuff it didn’t seem to matter. nowadays I only buy clothes that I REALLY like and that REALLY fit me. no more excuses! and every few months I’m cleaning out my wardrobe, being brutal is also the keyword for me here. feels good too 🙂

  • Fro

    Would love to see a wardrobe tour, they are my favourite to watch!

  • Maddy Cane

    Great tips, I organise my clothes exactly like this! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Sophie Harries

    Loved this post, been missing your fashion talk! It would be awesome to see a wardrobe tour video if you had the time/wanted to 🙂

  • Katrina Porter

    I’m a virgo too 🙂 When it comes to tidying its all or nothing, as I can’t leave it half done. Which explains why my room is either ridiculously tidy or messy, the same goes for my wardrobe! I’m glad I’m not the only one who organises my wardrobe item by item then to black to white 🙂

  • Emma Diggins

    This is such a great post! I’m pretty brutal as well – hate clutter and mess haha

    Emma x

  • Bella

    Anna, if you ever think of a career change, I could use a home organiser (Virgo type) around here all the time…too many clothes, shoes, makeup, and toys!!

  • Alissia

    Haha love this post! I too clean out my wordrobe at least every 4 months, I just love it. I hate having things in there that I don’t wear anymore, all the stuff I don’t want anymore I pass down to friends, it’s like christmas all over again for them 😉

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  • Laurecca Jones

    This was so helpful as clearing out my wardrobe was on my to-do list today! thankyou!!

  • Roshni K

    Lovely post! I do switch up my winter and summer clothes every season but I never throw things away! I always hope I’l fit back into the clothes at some point..

  • Good tips! I’m the same as you on that! x | A his & hers blog entailing adventure of food, fashion & London lifestyle

  • yourdailybreak

    Living in an apartment means limited wardrobe space so I also pack away winter clothes in summer and vice versa. I do go through stages though.. I’m either going through an “i need to clear out my wardrobe and buy only ‘quality’ pieces” or an “i love it all! phase”. Currently, going through the former so will definitely use these tips! xo

    Your Daily Break

  • These are really great suggestions! At the end of each season, I like to go through my clothes for that particular season and pull out any clothes I didn’t wear. It’s easier to remember whether or I wore them or not while the seasons are changing, versus waiting until the next year.

  • DB

    I find it difficult to clear out my wardrobe, but my mums ritual of giving clothes away to the charity shop makes it a little easier to let go of things – at least someone else will be able to enjoy them!

  • hmm101alot/fullafizzy

    ‘fix up look sharp’, oh anna you are too funny, i cant! can we be friends, lol.

    great post- great tips! thank you.

  • I love a good clearout! Coming home from uni always has me itching to get rid of all the extra things I don’t need/love and now I’m back home for good a big cleanse is in order. I’ve very impressed by how streamlined your wardrobe looks too – do you have an overflowing chest of drawers or is that similarly well organised? xx

  • I’m obsessed with constantly going through my closet and getting rid of clothes, which most of the time, is great and then sometimes I realize I have gotten rid of a hell of a lot of clothes, which can be sad.

    Love these tips! You definitely have to be brutal!

  • Celina

    I just went through my closet recently and got rid of a lot. I take good care of all my clothing so I was able to put everything in bags to take to a donation box. It feels so good to just clear out everything that I no longer wear and it also means that there’s more room for new bits. 😉

    Celina | The Celution

  • Amy

    I need to give my closet a clean-out soon, I know I have lots of things that never see the light of day, but I can never be bothered to clear it out! So lazy haha! 🙂

    Amy |

  • pink elephant

    Wow thats some skillful wardrobe organisation- definitely time I adopted the tough love approach- great post! ♡

  • Great tips! I really need to do this – I’ve started with an ‘old makeup purge’ but will have to so the same for my wardrobe!

  • Alex Hurd

    Have you ever considered using those storage bag, the ones where you remove the air from the bag to save room? I hear they are rather good.

  • I cannot wait to move out of my college apartment and into a new one wherever I end up and I get to really work on my closet! Plus moving is the best time to do a deep cleanse of not only your closet but everything! especially since I am a tiny bit of a hoarder.
    Great tips!

  • Stormy Mittens

    this is an awesome post! you’ve inspired me to do a clean out of my wardrobe. sorely needed since we moved and have less closet space (ugh).

  • Joey Ho

    I am always inspired by posts like these and then when I get to my own closet, I normally just end up packing everything I pulled out back into the closet again!

    Be brutal!! So I tell myself now!! Thanks Vivian!

  • Susie Grampian

    Fancy coming and doing my wardrobe!! 😀
    I may have to do this VERY soon! – but if i do does that mean i can shop? haha xx

  • Michelle Hung

    I’m a Virgo but i am the complete opposite! I can’t part with my things unless i am forced to! But when i do, do a clear out i do it big, but i have to prepare myself to do it!

    Michelle x

  • Katie xo

    I’m the worst at sorting my wardrobe ha, I wish I was more OCD.

    Katie xo

  • For us American readers, what are playsuits? lol

    • Phoebe

      I think you call them rompers?!

  • Phoebe

    This is my ultimate post! Is it wrong I consider wardrobe clear out a hobby? I’m constantly offering to clear my friends’ out as mine is constantly uber organised.

  • Kayla

    I need to do this desperately… Give me your organisational skills Anna! x

  • Sarah Pradolin

    Great post! I love your organising tips 🙂 x

  • @beautygeekfashc

    Ooh im the least organised person in the world but u have inspired me to get off my butt and sort my very scary wardrobe out.
    I have loads off stuff i need to throw away as i am the ultimate hoarder.Thankyou for the inspiration hun xoxo

  • I’m so bad with stuff like this! I find it painful to throw away clothes haha, but you’re right, be brutal is such a good mantra. Like ripping off a band aid. xx

    Squares – Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

  • Anna

    Please do a wardrobe/closet tour or room tour on YouTube? I would loooovvveeee to see it! X

  • Abbi Simmons

    I really need a wardrobe sort out!! I find myself buying new clothes that I don’t even have space for. And whenever I do tidy I always rediscover old items I loved but have clearly got too hidden away!!

  • great advice!

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