They say if you haven't worn it in 6 months you should get rid of it. I disagree and say at least a year so you can get through and back to the season. Anyway, I didn't take any before pictures, it was too dangerous. Here's how I tackled it. I tried on anything questionable, I separated into a few piles. Garage sale, not mine, and consignment.
Here is the garage sale pile:
Here is the consignment pile:
Here is the less cluttered final product:
I have organized my closet like this for as long as I can remember. Items are grouped together such as shirts, dresses, jackets, skirts, pants/jeans. Then those groups are organized by color for shirts, size for pants, length for skirts, weight for jackets, and formality for dresses. It may seem crazy or complicated, I didn't really sit down with a plan, it just kind of ended up like that over the years.
Black shirts and jeans:
I feel better :)