How To Detox Your Closet For The New Year
Shira Gill
By Shira Gill

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The New Year is the perfect opportunity to streamline your space and simplify your life. If your closet is ready for a refresh, follow these simple steps for a quick and easy transformation.

Step One: PREP

Start by removing everything from your closet. It helps to organize clothing in piles by category so you can get a quick visual inventory. This will make it easy to see how much volume you have (hello, ten black sweaters!) and will also expedite the editing stage. This is your opportunity to start fresh, so make sure to wipe down any shelving, give the space a quick vacuum, and relocate any stray items that don’t belong in your closet. We’re looking for a truly clean slate!

Step Two: EDIT

A good edit is the key to any space transformation. Before you begin, think about what’s required for your typical week, as well as what you need for workouts, hobbies, and travel or events. Since the contents of your closet will determine your style, this is also a great opportunity to become more intentional about how you present yourself each day. Just because something cost a lot of money, or looks good on somebody else, doesn’t mean that it is the right fit for you. Think about how you want to look and feel in your clothing, and keep only what you actually use, wear, and love.

This is by far the most important step in this process. If you get stuck, try asking yourself the following clarifying questions:

Does this item fit and flatter my current body?

Does this item reflect my authentic personal style?

Would I buy this item for full price today?

Is this item really worth the space it’s taking up in my closet?

Is this item adding value to my life right now?

Step Three: STOCK UP

Favorite closet essentials include:

  1. Uniform hangers. Use the same style and color for a streamlined look.
  2. Open bins and baskets for storing scarves, seasonal items, and accessories.
  3. Shelf dividers to keep stacks of folded jeans or sweaters from toppling over.
  4. Sturdy hooks for handbags, necklaces, and handbags.
  5. Wall mounted shelves to maximize your vertical space.

Make sure to make a list before you shop, and only invest in what you actually need for your specific wardrobe and closet. Pro tip: make sure to measure height, width, and depth of shelving before you order bins or baskets to ensure they fit.

Step Four: STYLE

Now, for the fun part!

In setting up your closet, take care to store items by frequency of use. Set up everyday essentials in prime real estate areas for visibility and easy access, with formal, seasonal, and occasional items in the back of the closet, or in bins on a high shelf.

Once you’re all set up, it’s nice to add some personal touches and décor to complete the transformation. You might try accessorizing with an accent rug, pretty lighting, framed pictures or a style inspiration board. Remember: you start and end each day in your closet – invest a little added effort to ensure it feels inviting and lovely.

Step Five: Maintain

Life can get messy, but your closet doesn’t have to! In order to maintain a streamlined closet, practice these two rules:

One: The Five-Minute Tidy. Hang, and fold, clean clothes neatly, and toss dirty clothes into the laundry hamper before you sign off for the day. The compound effect of these simple actions will have a big impact over time and keep your closet looking tidy and cared for.

Two: Practice the One-In, One-Out Rule. Every time a new item enters your closet, a similar item should be donated. Tip: Set up a basket, or tote bag, in your closet for storing donations as they arise. When the bag is full, drop it off at your local charity and start fresh again!

Visit Shira at to sign up for her newly launched Virtual Makeover Program or to check out her full-service organization and style makeovers. Follow Shira on Instagram @shiragill for weekly tips and inspiration.



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All Photography by Vivian Johnson Photography for Shira Gill Home