How the 50-50 Closet Purge Revolutionised My Style

Bobby Schuessler

As the world over pores over the literal organisational joys of the Marie Kondo method, a move from one big city to another helped me devise my own wardrobe cleansing system: the 50-50 method.

What I did was go through each individual item in my wardrobe and fully analyse each piece with a specific set of criteria. Have I worn it in the last year? If not, it went. Could I wear it a multitude of different ways? If not, it went. Note that if something couldn’t necessarily be worn over and over again but made me genuinely feel happy looking at it (i.e. my silver-striped Thom Browne shirt), it stayed. After spending days going through my wardrobe piece by piece, I quickly realised that I really only ever needed 50% of what I was hoarding in my tiny apartment—the items that I really truly wore and loved.

All of that other stuff—promotional tees, dated trends, items I haven't worn in seasons—were just extra and weighing me down. Purging half (FYI, I donated the unwanted pieces) actually made me fall in love with my wardrobe all over again. Yes, even those items like my classic black turtleneck and jeans that may seem basic. I realised that while standard, I adored them because they made my wardrobe, well, a wardrobe, and ultimately embodied my personal style.

Are you feeling the urge to clean out your closet? Keep scrolling to check out more on the 50-50 purging method. Plus, go a bit further if you want to help round out your wardrobe once you clean out with those classic, never-going-out-of-style pieces.

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