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5 Signs you Need to Weed out Your Closet

5 Signs you Need to Weed out Your Closet


Last month I was invited to Ikea of New Haven to put on a closet organizing workshop for one of their megastore events. That presentation sparked me to update this closet organizing post from 2016.


Here are 5 signs you need to weed out your closet:


1- You have more shoes than Facebook friends.

If your shoes are getting out of hand, it's time to weed them out! The loafers from your corporate job 10 years ago, the boots that always cause a blister, or the funky colored flats that match nothing in your wardrobe should all be reassessed. Time to unfriend them! 


2- Your closet space is a size 4 but the size of your wardrobe is a size 14! 

Is your closet suffering from muffin-top syndrome? Is every possible nook and cranny stuffed to the brim? There’s no doubt when you’ve reached this point, your clothes are looking wrinkly when you take them out, you can’t find what you need and you don’t know what you have.  It’s time to take it all out and assess your current size, style and season. Whatever doesn't make the cut doesn't go back!


3- It’s taking you longer than Florida Georgia Line's new hit to select an outfit.

This isn't "Meant to Be!" Time is precious, especially in the morning when you have to get out the door. If it’s taking you longer than a few minutes to put together an outfit you should dial in a new organizing system. Creating zones in your closet for shirts, dresses, pants, and jeans will help with locating items. Sorting by color from lightest to darkest will help you see where you have duplicates. Adding storage such as bins and baskets for scarves, bathing suits, and belts can maximize space.


4- You have more t-shirts than a Gap Store.

You have 50 t-shirts and counting. It's great to have multiples of your favorite article of clothing or even a small collection of the pieces you enjoy wearing, but having an overly excessive amount is not helpful. The saying goes "When everything is important, then nothing is." Pull out your favorites and liquidate the rest.   


5- You haven’t worn it since the days of Desperate Housewives

The TV show Desperate Housewives ended in 2012. If you haven't worn an article of clothing since then, it's time to part with it. More often than not there's a reason why you keep passing over items in your closet (too itchy, too loose, baggy knees), so it's time to 'fess up and divorce it! 


Are you guilty of one of these signs?!? Let me know in the comments! 

And if you're interested in giving your closet a makeover, I'd highly recommend the Ikea PAX storage system - which is the product I highlighted during my in-store workshop. It's modular and completely customizable to your space. 



Categories: Home Organizing


  • I LOVE your sense of humor! The shoe analogy is great! More shoes than FB friends? Time to unfriend some. Love that! Humor lets us lighten up the editing or "weeding" topic. The reality is that the less we own, the easier life becomes to manage. It saves time and stress. Choices are simpler. The items we have all work, fit, and we love. Wonderful advice that you shared here, Sarah.
    6/12/2018 5:42:07 PM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Humor definitely softens the blow when you're giving tough love! And I find that using witty phrases helps people remember things better. :)
      6/13/2018 12:14:48 PM Reply
  • Love the comparison of the closet having "muffin top syndrome" - great post!
    6/11/2018 8:52:20 AM Reply
    • @Sara Skillen: I just felt that the muffin top was a great visual and a silly way for people to come to grips when their closets begin bursting at the seams!
      6/13/2018 12:14:00 PM Reply
  • Great post Sarah! I love #4, and your tip on organizing the closet from light to dark. I use that method myself and it works!
    6/11/2018 8:33:26 AM Reply
    • @Shannon Gibson: Yes, I'm a big fan of the light to dark arranging. My son 6yo son loves that his closet looks like a rainbow! :)
      6/13/2018 12:13:00 PM Reply

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