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Quality Over Quantity: Clear Out Your Closet This Season

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

By Halle Grant

Photography by Kenneth DeCrosta

In college, it’s hard to move from one dorm or apartment to another when your wardrobe is overflowing with pieces you probably haven’t touched in years. It’s easy to let the new purchases pile on top of old items, so take some time this season to clean out your closet and prioritize the staples.

It can be difficult to part with some of those items that have stuck around in your closet since middle school, but at this point in our lives, it’s crucial to save wardrobe space. I’m completely guilty of this; I have a bag underneath my bed dedicated to things that don’t fit in my closet or drawers, but I feel like maybe, just maybe, I’ll wear it again.

When cleaning out your closet and planning on making some fresh purchases, the best rule of thumb to follow is to invest in the quality of clothing items rather than the number of items you have. The more staple pieces you have to work with, the better. It’s a guarantee you’ll have more outfit combinations with staple pieces rather than random ensembles.

When cleaning out your closet, it’s hard to not throw everything into the “keep pile.” Set a goal of how many items you want to sell versus donate. Selling on a second-hand app like Poshmark or Depop can help to incentivize yourself to get rid of items, as someone else can enjoy your things while you get a few bucks in your pocket. Donating can also give you peace of mind that your items will receive some love again, instead of just sitting in the back of your closet.

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