Wardrobe essentials + closet clean out tips

Wardrobe essentials (according to Jackie)

While this post may also include closet clean out tips, it also includes my closet faves that I will never get rid of! Seriously… I tend to be a creature of habit, and these are the pieces I ALWAYS wear. At least 5 days a week… oops. Ok, I don’t wear the same jeans or shirt 5 days a week, but the shoes… let’s just say they are well worn in. These wardrobe essentials work year round, for the most part, and you’ll never want to part with them.

  1. First on this list of wardrobe essentials would have to be my Madewell Loafers. I have worn these almost every day since I got them for Christmas… and they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.
  2. Second on the list are my American Eagle jeggings. Literally any pair, not one specific one. I love them all. AE is the only store I have found where the jeans fit me perfectly… and I love how they are all for body positivity. I went to Aerie the other day, and the dressing room mirrors had “love” sticky notes all over them from customers that had gone in and tried things on. How freaking sweet!
  3. My silver Daniel Wellington watch. Wear this baby every single day. It was a belated Christmas gift to myself so I have been wearing this pretty much as long as the loafers. I have tiny wrists and I wear the petite 28 mm face. It’s perfect and I want it in every color… or at least gold. Don’t @ me.
  4. My Madewell Medium Transport Tote (in English Saddle) is my everyday work bag. I try not to carry too much but it is perfect for bringing my lunch and my laptop when I need to. I will do another post about what I keep it in soon, but for now, I will leave it at I need it to hold my lunch, my Kindle and my AirPods. ** Note that as of 5/31/19, this is currently on sale for 20% off!
  5. Last but not least I am obsessed with my bomber jacket by Free People. It is the perfect weight for Fall, Spring, cool Summer nights and honestly any time that’s not winter. Unfortunately, I can’t find it on the website, but I did find it used on Mercari! I also linked a somewhat similar one below that I am LOVING.

aerie dressing room

Closet clean out tipsโ€‹

I have this problem where I buy clothes and get a few pieces that are super cute but not the color gray… then I wear them once and then they sit in my closet. I like the idea of wearing super cute clothes, but like I also love wearing gray, gray, and more gray. I told you it’s a problem… So every season I make myself clean out my closet and ditch the items I haven’t worn in at least a year. 

A closet clean out can be a bit of a daunting task, and honestly about halfway through doing mine, I lose motivation and just want to be done. But I make myself do it and get it done. Hopefully, these closet clean out tips will help and inspire you to take a load off!

First thing’s first, remove everything from your closet

Remove everything, and I mean everything from your closet, including belts and accessories that may be in any bins or drawers (however your closet is laid out.)

Once your closet is completely empty, you are ready to move on to step two.

Set some sorting rules

It can be tough making the decision about what to keep and what to ditch, but if you set some ground rules, it’ll be easy peasy.

For the items you want to keep, ask yourself these questions to get started:

  • Does it make me feel great?
  • Do I love how I look in it?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Does it go with a lot of my other absolute keeps?
  • Is it easy to clean or does it require a trip to the dry cleaners? (If it requires a lot of work to keep it clean and in good condition, consider how much you will wear it and if the upkeep is worth it.)

For the items you are considering tossing, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this fit well with my other pieces?
  • Has it seen better days?
  • Is it a lazy day outfit you would only wear around the house?

Put what you are going to keep back in your closet

Make sure to separate the keep from the toss/donate pile and put those items back into your closet. You can take this time to further organize by season and/or color (I may or may not organize my closet that way.) It certainly helps you find what you are looking for much faster!

Now, it’s very important that you take care of what you are not going to keep as soon as possible. The longer you leave the donate pile lying around, the harder it will be to motivate yourself to get rid of it! Do you really want piles of crap laying around your room? No, you do not.

What are your favorite wardrobe essentials? Share them in the comments below!

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