If you thought the only time to go through your closet was for spring cleaning, think again. According to InStyle, "Man Repeller" Leandra Medine cleans her closet out every month, and it's not actually a bad idea. Her reasons for cleaning often are just as good as her organization tips, so get out a pen and paper, because you'll want to take some notes.
I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of only cleaning out my closet once or twice a year. It always seems like a good idea, but it's so much effort that I always end up ditching the project early on. After hearing about Medine's monthly devotion, I'm starting to have a change of heart though. It makes sense that one of the most fashionable bloggers out there would clean out her closet often. She has pretty solid reasoning around it, too.
“I purge my closet once a month because I don’t like having too much stuff,” Medine told InStyle. “My goal is to be able to walk into my closet blindfolded and always pick out something I want to wear. It gets tiring to look at the same things when you know you'll never wear it again, but you don't really want to get rid of it." That sounds like a dream. Not only would you only have clothes that you actually liked, but you'd save on space as well. I'd say that's true sartorial success.
This isn't even her best tip though. Her Man Repeller blog has covered the topic of closet cleaning plenty of times in the past. Here are a few of her best tips.
1. Don't Default To Color Coding
Medine's advice couldn't be more real on this topic. While she says that color coordinating a closet might sound like a good idea, it can often be more exhausting than it's worth depending on how you like to keep things organized.
2. Get The Right Hangers
Another closet organization piece on her blog says to always invest in matching hangers. I can personally attest to the strength of this one. Having the right hangers can completely change the look and feel of a closet, without you having to change a thing about your actual wardrobe.
3. Use The Golden Rule
Some clothing can be sentimental but according to Medine you should only hold on to a piece if you can wear it in three or more different ways. If not, it isn't worth the closet space.
4. Have Three Different "Toss" Piles
Medine chronicled her thought process while cleaning her closet, and it came with a pretty good tip. She makes three piles — toss, sell, and donate — when going through a sartorial cleanse. Not only will this help you feel better about what you keep, but you can also feel good about what you toss as well.
5. Maintain Your Closet
In the words of Medine, "Cleaning your closet is a lot like getting a bikini wax." What that translates to is that you should maintain your closet organization so that it's easier to go through it next time.
6. Be A Self-Bully
The blogger suggest that you be a little hard on yourself when it comes to cleaning. “You will get rid of the crap that sits in your closet collecting dust with all the dreams you once had,” she says to herself before a big clean, according to her blog.
7. Do A Pre-Closet Clean
Don't just focus on your closet — start with your room instead. Her blog suggests making your bed, tidying up, and organizing where the "keep" and "toss" piles will go before you start.
With these tips, your closet will be Medine-approved in no time!