With the average woman keeping 13 items of completely unworn clothing in her wardrobe (worth approximately £500), it’s clear that we need to re-evaluate our relationships with our closet. Keep reading to explore our thoughtful guide to cleaning out your wardrobe.

Have a date night with your clothes

Think of it less of a chore and more of a fun activity, we received this valuable tip from sustainable fashion stylist Emma Slade Edmondson and it completely changed our perspective! Put on some music, make yourself a cocktail and get to know your style.

Organise, organise, organise

The classic ‘keep’ and ‘throw’ piles are a thing of the past. Whatever categories you need – keep, mend, swap, upcycle, sell, donate, recycle – be as micro-level as you’d like! Try and avoid just throwing away clothes by researching women’s shelters, clothes banks or pick up services like TRAID in your area.

Colour coding

Our Marketing Manager swears by this organisational method as the best way to put together an outfit no time. Once you have cleared out your wardrobe, reorder your clothes from left to right; white, grey, black, dark colours, light colours. This way you have a clear palette to work with, which will lead to more creative colour combinations too!

Think seasonally 

Don’t get rid of items just because you can’t wear them right now, invest in a trunk for the foot of your bed or make use of a suitcase you have hidden in a cupboard. Halve your wardrobe into Spring-Summer and Autumn-Winter and switch it up every 6 months.

Edit as you go 

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One of the best ways to avoid having to do a big clear out and consistent wardrobe editing. For every new item you’re considering buying, have you got an item to remove from your current collection? Thinking about this will not only keep your wardrobe in check, but it will also save you money on spur of the moment purchases.

Do you have any tips for clearing out your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments or tag us on social media @thoughtclothing