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The Year Of The Cleanse: Closet Clean-Out 2022


The Year of The Cleanse: Closet Clean-Out 2022

If you’ve been finding yourself wearing the same outfit configuration day in and day out as 2021 came to an end, it may be time to consider a closet cleanse to start your 2022 off with a bang. You may attribute your predilection to wearing the same baggy sweater and yoga pants to a season of brazen laziness, but it’s usually connected to a deeper disenchantment with and subsequent lack of awareness of what resides in your closet.


A closet cleanse is an opportunity to re-calibrate and re-evaluate what’s important to you when it comes to your personal style. We are constantly evolving as people - it only makes sense that our closet should join in that journey. Maybe you loved form-fitting dresses in 2021, but perhaps classic comfort is taking center stage in 2022 – or the other way around! At its best, a closet cleanse can bring you into alignment with living more purposefully and not holding onto material that no longer serves you.

Kat's unpractical jumpsuit

If you have ever watched Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up or any kind of reality show that incorporates a closet detox, you may find yourself too intimidated before your ever begin. Don’t be! With these 3 guiding principles, a free Saturday afternoon, and perhaps a personal charcuterie board to snack on in between sorting, you too can give yourself this essential act of self-love.


Who Is Your Partner In Crime?


Barring formal wear, if there is an item in your wardrobe that cannot play nice with at least 2 other pieces in your closet to form a cohesive outfit, it’s time to reconsider. Often these rogue items that don’t have a partner in crime function as closet display pieces that are to be admired but serve no practical wearability. Think of that pair of brightly colored yellow pants you bought that seemed oh-so-cute at the time but that you’ve likely never worn more than once, or my ridiculous multi-colored jumpsuit pictured above. Your closet will forgive you once you’ve banished them and replaced them with a more wearable neutral pant that can pair well with virtually anything in your wardrobe.

Too small to wear

Do You Feel Beautiful In It?


Does the clothing item in question make you feel like the best version of yourself? Let’s face it - life is short and there is no room for “someday” logic. Perhaps you have uttered some version of this logic to yourself before: “Someday when I lose 10 pounds,” or “Someday when I feel more comfortable with my arms, I’ll wear this.” The reality is that “someday” is a hopeful excuse that robs you of experiencing an intentional wardrobe in the present. If the clothing doesn’t make you feel like the best version of yourself now and you find yourself leaning on “someday” logic to keep it, it’s time to move on.


Would You Gift It To A Friend?

Frayed jacket

No, I am not suggesting that you divvy away your beloved wardrobe to a band of millennials. However, armpit stains and small crotch holes in your day-to-day wardrobe can sometimes creep into the realm of “acceptable” provided the items are clean - but you would never think to gift these same items to a dear friend. When sorting through your closet, the rule is simple: if it’s not good enough to re-gift to your friend, it is not good enough to keep for yourself. Fraying, strange discolorations, and aggressive pilling would never make the cut for a gift, and nor should they make the cut as a permanent resident in your closet.


The Year Of The Cleanse


I recently moved at the end of 2021, and I was naturally prompted to do a closet cleanse on my own to adjust to my new space. It still surprised me how many things I was holding onto that just weren’t doing me any favors. After pillaging my closet and donating bag after bag to Goodwill, my closet and my life just feels so much freer. Even though 2022 certainly is starting out with plenty of challenges in our world, I’m that much more ready.


If you are looking for help with starting off your 2022 right, schedule a free consultation with me and let’s cleanse that closet together!



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13 Comments


nikkiterese
Feb 08, 2022

Really helpful tips! I got addicted to getting rid of stuff but I may need to stop since the closet is getting a bit thin. Is there a rule on how often to purge?

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katdepner
katdepner
Feb 14, 2022
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Hey Niki! That's so great that you have really taken the closet cleanse to heart. A closet cleanse once a season is more than enough. There's nothing wrong with a bare closet as long as what you have in front of you still provides multi functionality of wear.

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heathermclarkson
Jan 31, 2022

I did this recently and it took so much weight off of my shoulders. Have you heard of the hanger turning trick? You turn hangers the opposite way when you wear an item to really see how much you wear it. Eyeopening to say the least.

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katdepner
katdepner
Feb 04, 2022
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Hey Heather! I have not heard of this, but I'm stealing it from you and using it for the rest of eternity.

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jodie_paulson
Jan 28, 2022

I'm breaking out the wine and doing this!

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katdepner
katdepner
Feb 04, 2022
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Add a block of cheese and you will basically have the best night of your life!

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valerieguss
Jan 25, 2022

Would this be the first step in creating a capsule wardrobe?

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katdepner
katdepner
Jan 30, 2022
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Hey Valerie, great question! Yes and No. Closet cleanses are great to knock out once every 3-6 months regardless of your interest in building a capsule wardrobe. With that said, if you are interested in building a capsule wardrobe, it's important to know what you have first. And you won't know what you have until you cleanse.

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tiffaniannhenrickson
Jan 23, 2022

This has been a complete fail for me in the past.. I've gotten as far as laying everything out on my bed where it's visible and then getting overwhelmed. I like these reflective recommendations as a guide!

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katdepner
katdepner
Jan 24, 2022
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Hey Tiffani! I promise if you start sorting your closet with any one of the 3 reflective questions I've laid out, you will pair down your closet in no time.

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