Cleaning out your closet can be incredibly overwhelming, but it can also be a complete game changer when it comes to developing your personal style and ridding yourself of the feeling of never having anything to wear. Use these five tips as a game plan to eliminate the overwhelm that ensues when it's time to clean out your closet and build a sustainable wardrobe you love.


1. Try it all on.

I know, I know. Who has that kind of time, right? But taking the time to try on every item in your closet will help you realize what you love about your wardrobe and what needs to go. Make piles to keep, sell, donate, and toss. Do a little at a time to avoid overwhelm. Better yet - invite a buddy for motivation and a second opinion!


2. Say goodbye to the items that don't fit.

Goodbyes can be difficult - I get it. But you deserve clothes that you feel great in TODAY. Let go of items that do not fit today or that you don't have immediate plans to alter.


3. Take notes.

While you are trying on your clothes, take notes about themes you notice. What styles, colors, fabrics, and cuts do you adore? On the flip side - note what you hate. It will help you develop YOUR style and make more confident decisions going forward.


4. Make a list.

Start a list in your phone of pieces and styles that you feel are missing from your wardrobe. This will give you both a plan and direction the next time you go shopping. When it is time to add pieces to your wardrobe, consider shopping secondhand or from small, ethical brands. Focus on buying fewer garments overall that are higher quality.


5. Look to the future.

I cannot emphasize the importance of this enough. Use your notes + list to help you make thoughtful purchases going forward, and ask yourself:

  • Will I wear it 30 times?
  • Is it MY style?
  • Do I feel confident in it TODAY?
  • Would I buy it at full price?
  • Do I like it enough to repair it?

Questions? I want to hear them! Comment below, or email me at

March 30, 2023 — Sara Jamison

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Hi, I'm Sara!

If you are new around these parts, let me first say welcome! I am so happy you are here. Secondly, you may be wondering who exactly is Terra Shepherd. Terra Shepherd is actually not a person - it is a business name, a place, a way of thinking, and a community.

It is my goal to connect you with your clothing on a deeper level than you likely ever have by telling the stories of the makers, fabrics, production practices, and brands I have selected to carry in the store. I hope to help you realize the incredible value of investing in garments you truly love and are excited to cherish for years to come.

This space is intended to be one in which we learn and grow together. I welcome and encourage your feedback - it will serve as my guide with this journal.

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