It is worth trying on everything that is in your arsenal, and try to form an objective opinion about how these clothes sit on you. Weigh the pros and cons by looking at yourself in a large mirror.

The easiest way to take inventory

Probably, in the summer your wardrobe has grown. It is very easy, as summer clothes do not take up much space. But now it’s time to change something. To get started, here are a few “technical” tips from style experts.

  • Divide clothes into categories. First, divide all your clothes into categories: blouses, dresses, crop tops, trousers, skirts, etc.
  • Clean out your wardrobe in one step. Try to carry out the planned operation in one step. This will help you evaluate your clothing collection as a whole. It may take a few hours, but it’s worth it. If you do not have time to carry out the entire operation at once, take one of the categories of clothing items to start with.
  • Try on all things before deciding their fate. You must make a decision appropriate to the current moment. This is especially important if there have been changes in your figure, for example, you have suddenly gained weight. 

Divide things into several groups  

It is naive to believe that we can create a wonderful wardrobe in a short period of time. This is a rather lengthy process that requires patience and strength. Therefore, consider the autumn cleaning of the wardrobe as one of the stages along the way.

When you start working directly with things, your ultimate goal is to distribute them into several groups, depending on what to do with them next. 

1. Set aside for storage

This group includes those summer things that you would like to keep, but will not wear them until the next warm season. For example, open dresses. You like the way they look and fit you, they are in good condition.

2. Postpone as a fallback

These are things that do not really inspire you, but you need to save them until you pick up another similar option. Sometimes you need to save a lot of things, as your weight and size are constantly changing. Another argument in favor of such a strategy is that if the thing is expensive and looks like new, you should not give it up right away. When clothes do not fit any of these descriptions, they should be discarded.

3. Set aside for redevelopment

Of course, it is not worth spending time, effort and money on reworking some things. But often something can be magically transformed without much effort. Change the neckline, get rid of the collar, shorten the length, etc. Information about this is in the ” How to change ” section.

4. Leave in the waiting area

This is an interesting category. It can be small, large, and also not exist at all. These are things about the future of which you have no certainty. Instead of getting rid of them, you decided to wait a bit and put these clothes away out of sight. Within a certain period of time (no more than a year), you must decide what to do next.

5. Nostalgic group

You know that you won’t be wearing these things anymore, but you would like to keep them as a memory of some pleasant event. Why not, if there is enough space in the closet? Another option for a nostalgic group is to take photographs for warming memories and get rid of the things themselves.

6. Get rid of

So, the last group is things that don’t work anymore, or you just finally realized that they don’t fit your style. Also, it can be things that turned out to be impractical. You should get rid of leaky and irretrievably damaged things. Do not use these clothes to wear at home. After all, you have to look great twenty-four hours a day. But do not add to this group those things that simply could not be combined in your wardrobe. Give them a chance to prove themselves in the future. 

If you don’t feel great in some clothes, then try to find the answer why, and not repeat the same mistake in the future.


Autumn cleaning of the wardrobe is a rather complicated process. It is not an easy process. You can involve a good friend in this difficult task, whom you completely trust. She should act as an adviser and expert. The more regularly you review your clothes, the less time it takes and the less effort it takes. Ideally, this should be done monthly.