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The idea of building a dream closet can sometimes be scary because we may have to get rid of old clothes and may have to purchase new things. Other fears may be lack of space. With anything in life, you have to take the risk, or you may never achieve the things you want, so go for it and do what you have to do to build your desired closet. No matter what your budget is, or how big your closet is you can still create a chic wardrobe. I will tell you exactly how to audit your old closet so that you can build your dream wardrobe.

Define your personal style

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This step is very crucial because you should have an idea of what your style is or you may end up right back in the same spot where you have purchased random styles of clothing left and right that you’ll later give away or dispose of because of they aren’t useful to you. Define your personal style here, discover why you may have a problem with your current clothing here.

Construct your closet

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The first step to auditing your closet it to take out all of your clothes and clear the closet. Then, you want to look at your empty closet and figure out how you want your wardrobe to look and where you will place your clothes, shoes, and handbags. Decide if you will need any shelving or racks.

Separate and hang up your favorite items

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Once all of your clothes are out, create three collections. Your favorites, your conflicted and the things in your closet you dislike.  Do this step very quickly and if you are second guessing if any item is your favorite or if you need it, add it to the conflicted collection. Do this with your clothes first and then your shoes and accessories.

Go through your conflicted collection

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Your conflicted collection is your ambivalent pile. You couldn’t add it to your favorite quickly enough, and you know you don’t want to add the clothing to your unwanted collection. Ask yourself why you are conflicted with each item of clothing or accessories. Here are some reasons why you may have some confliction about specific clothing, accessories or shoes below:

out of season
poor quality
too big or small
not your style
ripped
dirty
doesn’t match with anything else in your closet
uncomfortable, itchy
old and tired
can’t put your finger on it but you just don’t like it
or some other reasons

After you have scanned through your conflicted collection, if you have chosen any clothing that you may want; ask yourself if the item of clothing is useful and applicable to your current life,  is it cute, would you spend a lot of money on it if you saw it today. If you answer no to any of those questions, don’t keep it.

Eliminate your unwanted collections

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You can sort this mass into giving to a friend, giving to a thrift store and selling, or you can choose to send it all to one place. If you decide to sell your items at a consignment store, they need to be in excellent condition and often consignment stores only accept designer clothing of some sort.

Some places to sell your used clothes are

Thread Up– online
Platos Closet-where you live
Buffalo Exchange-where you live

Figure out what  your wardrobe lacks

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Go through the list of your favorite clothing and make sure that you first have all of your basics. Remember, it will be more comfortable getting dressed if you have all of your essentials. A list of essential wardrobe essentials is here.

Shop for your wardrobe essentials

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Fill in the gaps in your wardrobe. Depending on your budget or finances, you may not be able to purchase everything all at once, and that is ok. If you are a budget shopper, you can shop at places like TJMaxx, Old Navy, Everlane, Pact, Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack for your basics or needs.

Have you reconstructed your wardrobe recently? What did you do and are you happy with the changes you made?

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