Wardrobe clear out tip: Colourize!

I’m constantly trying to force myself to get on top of my wardrobe collection. I have a vast amount of clothes, shoes, and accessories and am constantly buying more ‘must have bargains’ in charity shops. It’s a hobby and passion of mine so I’m pretty unlikely to cut down on incoming items, but I have managed to find another new way to mediate clear outs that I’d like to share with you.


This week I colourized my whole wardrobe, including shoes and it helped me get rid of a HUGE seventy items, and I also think it will help me wear a wider selection of what I kept.


You may want to go entirely from white to black, but I split it down into categories too: coats (white to black), jackets (white to black), jumpers (white to black) and so on. By sorting everything out I realised how many duplications I had – e.g. THREE cobalt blue office dresses. This made it far easier for me to throw things out that when I see one on it’s own and I think “I haven’t worn that much but it really suits me and I might need a memorable dress for a meeting so I’d better keep it”. Similarly, I realised I had five pairs of black flats and although they’re a “staple that every girl needs” this meant I could get rid of the tattiest three pairs.


Finally, it’s made me realise the saturation point of my wardrobe when I’m out shopping – when I pick up a baby pink tshirt I can remember that I’ve already got several back home so can resist buying it. Things are much better organised in my mind and I think it’ll reduce the intake of my collection too. If your wardrobe is less vast it might help you identify gaps that you may want to treat yourself to, or focus on when you’re next out thrifting.


I’d love to hear if this works/worked for you! Always nice to hear from readers about how you stay on top of having clear outs and staying fabulous! xoxo


Trousers, shorts and dresses – so much easier on the eye now!



My flats…. not much colour but plenty of black and cream!



Coats, jackets and jumpers – they even fit on fewer hangers now they’re in colour order.



Skirts and tops – I had no idea how many tops I had considering I claim to be addicted to dresses!


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  1. FreeUrCloset April 9, 2014 / 6:27 AM

    Wow, why didn’t I think of this before? I usually weed out my closet by hanging clothes one way as i organize, and hang items back the opposite way after wearing them. Next time I’m ready to reorganize my closet, I just get rid of all the items that haven’t been worn, as they are facing the wrong way. Love your idea, thanx for the inspiration!

    XOXO Nensi

    • pauperintoprincess April 9, 2014 / 8:27 AM

      Yeah, I’ve been meaning to try that same idea but I have at least 3 garments per hanger so can’t seem to make it work! haha. I was amazed how much this technique helped me let go, and it’s so much easier to find things now too 🙂 Would love to see some pics of yours after!

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