Winter is the perfect time to clean out your closets!

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a week when no one is quite sure of what day of the week it is or even what they are supposed to be doing. We are moving into January and a time when there is likely a little more downtime in your schedule. The holiday parties are over, the children’s concerts and other holiday commitments have come and gone, and life is returning to a more consistent and regular schedule.


If you haven’t organized your closet in a while, January is an excellent time to start the process. Give yourself a few hours to sort through your entire wardrobe and have bins or bags ready to place items into different categories. Things that you can consign, donate, revisit later on in the day, seasonal, damaged, and sentimental.


Now that you are getting yourself mentally prepared to clean out your closet, download a podcast, and open a bottle of wine because we have seven questions to ask yourself when you are going through your clothing.


Does this fit? If you are unsure if an item still fits you the way you want it to, try it on and see. You have given yourself ample time to get through your closet, try on the items you are unsure about.

Have I worn this in the last 12 months?

Is it likely I will ever wear this again?

Is this currently in style, or does this accurately represent my style?

If this is damaged in any way, will I make an effort to get this repaired?

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Do I feel confident when I wear this?


If the answer to any of these questions is no, then the items will need to be separated into one of the bins or bags designated for what you see fit.


Organizing your closet is a beautiful act of self-care. If your stuff isn’t serving you, it won’t be helping you any better packed so far back in your closet that you can’t get to it. If an item of clothing isn’t serving you, it could potentially be helping someone else. At Consigning Women, we take high-end designer clothing, handbags, accessories, and shoes.


Currently, we are accepting winter items, but beginning in February, we will start taking resort wear and things that could be worn on spring break. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you see a specific season of clothing appearing in the big box stores, we are also accepting that season of clothing.