Wardrobe Clear-Out Tips

Wardrobe Clear-Out Tips - Retro Flame - Erika Fox

As you might know, I’m moving to NYC for a year in 4 weeks time so over the past few months I’ve had some pretty ruthless wardrobe clear-outs. Weirdly enough, I actually quite enjoy a good clear-out. There’s something very therapeutic about getting rid of unwanted items and having everything organised. Whenever I’m really stressed or anxious about something… you’ll find me tidying my room! And it ALWAYS seems to help. However, I do know that this task can be a little daunting for a lot of you and more often than not, it is that task on the to-do list that never actually gets done. So here are some Wardrobe Clear-Out Tips which I find to be the most helpful…

1. Make Time & Rules
The first step is to pick a time & stick to it. Personally, I find the weekends the most productive time to get it done. Close your bedroom door and promise yourself that you’ll stick at it for a full hour (at least). Usually, once you get stuck in, it’s hard to stop! I always go through my wardrobe in sections – Tops, Skirts, Trousers, Dresses, Shoes, Bags, etc. So for example, take out all your dresses and make 3 piles: Yes, No & the ‘Try On’ pile. This is where it’s time to get ruthless. There are some items which you’ll know straight away that you want to keep and some that you haven’t worn in about 10 years. So this will help you build those Yes & No piles. But there are always those items which we just can’t decide about…& I’ve learned that the only way to make a decision is to try it on there and then. You’ll quickly know if it’s something you can see yourself ACTUALLY wearing again.

2. Quality over Quantity
When I was younger and in college, there was rarely a week where I wouldn’t spend my ‘food money’ on clothes. I was an absolute disaster for shopping!! But the mistake I made was that instead of buying one good item for €100, I’d buy 5-6 items which would never last me for years to come. The result of this was that my wardrobe was fit to burst. Thankfully, in the past year or so, I’ve become a much more savvy shopper and try to refrain from buying disposable items but instead, look for investment pieces which I won’t get tired of down the line. So whenever I have a wardrobe clear out, I aim to add some more of these cheaper/impluse purchases to my ‘No’ pile.

Wardrobe Clear-Out Tips - Retro Flame - Erika Fox

3. Step away from those ‘Sentimental/Frustrating’ items
We all have those items which remind us of a special occasion or else the ones which we’ll be able to wear again ‘as soon as we get skinny’. But honestly, these need to GO! Having these kind of items which we more than likely will never wear again is just annoying. They cause clutter and can, quite frankly, just be frustrating to look at. I know it might seem like a nice idea to keep your graduation/21st dress to show to your kids (blah, blah, blah), but come on, I’m pretty sure you’ll have more than enough photos to show them.

4. Be Realistic
One of my very favourite tips for clearing out your closet is to ask yourself, ‘If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?’ If the answer is no, out it goes! Ruthless…but effective!

5. Find Incentives
Finally, come up with incentives to persuade yourself to give things away. You can decide to donate the items to charity, gift them to your friends, sell them on sites like Ebay or Depop or my favourite is….for every 10 items you give away, you’re allowed to buy yourself one new (investment) piece. It’s a win win situation!

Wardrobe Clear-Out Tips - Retro Flame - Erika Fox
So there you have it! Hopefully you found this helpful? Also, I just want to quickly mention that after my several clear-outs throughout the past few months, I’m now selling lots of barely worn items on my Depop Account. Depop is an app which allows you to buy & sell pre-loved items and I just absolutely love it. My username is ‘retroflame’ so feel free to check out what I have on offer. Oh and I’m totally up for a little negotiation if you have your eye on anything :)

Wardrobe Clear-Out Tips - Retro Flame - Erika Fox

Hope you’ve all had a lovely start to the week!

Stylishly Yours,

Erika x


  1. Carol Li

    30 July

    Thanks for sharing these great tips! I love the question you should ask yourself to determine if something is a keeper.


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  3. Sarah hanrahan

    28 September

    A question I always ask myself when attempting a clear out is ‘will I ever choose this skirt/top/dress over another one I already have?’. if the answer is no then it GOES :) Great article <3 http://www.icomeundone.com

  4. Yukova

    20 October

    Very useful tips, love it. Here is my article on a same topic. Feel free to visit for more wardrobe detox tips
    Yukova x

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  7. Thanks for sharing. Very informative. Truth is quality almost always trumps quantity. I love that section.

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