2 Things a KonMari Master Would Remove From Your Closet ASAP

If you were one of the people who binge-watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo when the show first aired on Netflix at the start of the year, I'll give you a free pass on this one. You're probably more aware than the average person about what sparking joy is all about and how that can be applied to your closet. For the rest of us who didn't feel the urge to do some major spring cleaning in our closets until just now (this editor included), then you might just take the following advice and run with it. After all, what better time to spring clean your closet than on the official start to spring?

A closet overhaul can be daunting, though, which is why we chatted with organization expert Caitlin Roberts who shared the two clothing items you should focus on gutting before anything else. Fun fact: Roberts is only one of two people to ever be appointed a master consultant from Marie Kondo herself. Impressive, right? As much as I wish Roberts could provide a full assessment of my own closet (call me if you're ever available, Caitlin!), I only had a few short minutes to chat, so I pressed her about which items she'd immediately remove from my closet, or anyone's closet, without question.

Scroll down to find out which pieces Roberts is putting on the chopping block and then shop the pieces that are basically guaranteed to spark joy.

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1. Anything with rips, tears, or holes that's beyond the point of no return

"Jeans that are duct-taped together," Roberts began. While not all of us deal with that exact scenario, I'm sure you have one or a few items that you're holding on to despite stains, rips, or other blemishes that keep you from actually wearing these clothes. She made a good point that if you're not making the effort to properly repair and care for these pieces, then they likely don't deserve to take up space in your closet. She says to think of your closet as valuable real estate—you wouldn't want to pay a portion of your rent to house clothes you're not even wearing, would you? Point taken.

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2. Pieces that carry unnecessary emotional baggage

That sweater that always reminds you of an ex-S.O. or those earrings your grandmother passed down to you but are definitely not your style? These need to go. Roberts advises ridding your closet (and your headspace) of these pieces that dredge up negative memories that you may be keeping solely because you feel you have to. She pointed out part of working one-on-one with her clients involves finding people to sell or donate these things to who will fully appreciate them, so you don't feel you have to simply throw them in the trash (especially if they hold value).

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Now, shop pieces that are sure to spark joy:

Next, six spring trends one editor is banning from her closet.

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.