Alright, so what to do with that mountain of clothes I just made you put all over your bed? Strip down to your undies, ladies and gents, because now you're going to try everything on. Everything. Make sure it fits, see if it needs fixing or repairs, look in a mirror to see if it's flattering, think about if you like it and if it fits with what you want your wardrobe to be. If it doesn't fit or you don't like it, toss it in the GET RID OF bin. If the zipper is busted or there's a tear or a stain, relegate it to the REPAIR bin. If everything is fine and dandy, put it in the KEEP bin.
If anything in your KEEP pile needs to be washed, go toss them in the washer. You might have to run a few loads. Then, clean your wardrobe storage. I always forget to do this and it's a bit of a pain. Wipe your hangers with a damp cloth, vacuum your closet, dust your drawers. Make sure everything is clean before you put your clothes away. Once you've got everything cleaned out, assess your storage. How many drawers do you have, or how many hangers? Does everything have a designated space? If not, it's time to give them one. Make sure you're organizing scheme makes sense. If you have more t-shirts than shorts, put the shorts in a smaller drawer. If you reach for skirts before dresses, hang your skirts front and center.
Your repair pile is going to be a little complicated to get through and, I'll be honest, some of the items you put in there probably will make their way to the GET RID OF bin. Even if not, this box will probably stick around the longest. If there are items there that you can repair yourself (i.e. a button fell off, there's a small stain, one of the pockets has a hole in it, etc.) set those aside. If they need professional attendance (i.e. shoes that need new treads or a jacket you LOVE but is big on you) take those to a tailor and let them handle it. The others will probably trickle back into your wardrobe as you complete the projects.
Now, let's look at the GET RID OF bin. With these you have a few options. If you have any Goth-y inclined friends, you can let them paw through and see if anything appeals to them. If not, you might be able to sell them on eBay. So get yourself an account and snap some pictures. Keep the prices reasonable and you might find yourself with some pocket money for further shopping excursions. If the items don't seem to be worth selling, find yourself a nice nearby thrift store and donate them.
(Pro-tip: Get this done ASAP. Keeping items around your home that you know you don't want but haven't had a chance to get rid of yet is a huge pain!)
Once you've purged your closet, you have an opportunity to see what your closet is really missing. What aspects of your ideal wardrobe aren't represented, or are too few for your tastes? Once I'd purged my closet I saw that I really didn't have enough cardigans for my liking, so those are next up on my shopping list. Then, guilt-free shopping! (Okay, maybe not guilt free. Skim-guilt?)
Don't forget to spring clean your accessories and cosmetics! I recently cleaned out my makeup drawer and it was almost appalling how much I had accumulated but never used.
Have you all spring-cleaned your wardrobes yet? What did you toss out!