If you’re like me, the change of seasons signals a great time to sort through closets and clean out the extras. I love pulling out spring clothes and placing them in organized and uncluttered closets and drawers. Cleaning out the extras from your wardrobe can be an overwhelming process. If you need some tips on how to start, click here. If you’re ready to get started, here are some tips on letting go.
What to Clean Out
- Anything from the new season that you’re tired of. For example, when you’re pulling out spring clothes, get rid of anything that isn’t appealing. This is a better time to get rid of clothes than at the end of the season. Usually by the end of the season I’m sick of everything. But if I got rid of clothes then, I’d miss them when it was time to wear them again.
- Anything that doesn’t fit and hasn’t fit for a while. I think it’s great to have goal items if you are trying to lose weight, but don’t hold onto an entire wardrobe. Styles and tastes change. Ask yourself, “If this fit me today, would I wear it or is it out of style?” This can be really hard, but most likely if these items have been out of sight in the back of your closet for a few years, you won’t even miss them.
- The bottom layer. How often do you reach for the very bottom item in a stack? If you aren’t rotating through the entire stack, it’s time for the bottom layer to go. For example, a few years ago I discovered a new style of sock I really liked and I started wearing them all the time. I didn’t get rid of the old ones in case I might want to wear them again. But guess what? They are in the bottom of the sock drawer and I never wear them. They need to go.
- Worn out clothes. Look over your wardrobe with a critical eye. Sometimes it’s easy to get dressed and never really LOOK at what you’re putting on. And then one day you notice a shirt is really faded and obviously it didn’t just get that way during the last washing. Take time to assess condition.
- Things you just never wear. If that’s hard for you to do, hang the item in the front of your closet and make a point to wear it once or twice this month. Either you’ll discover you really like the item or have no problem getting rid of it because it’s not great.
Sentimental pieces can be difficult to part with. If you truly love an item that has sentimental value, keep it. But if you’re only holding onto it because it was once important, it may be time to let go. You can find helpful tips for dealing with sentimental items here.
Even if you don’t feel like you have much to sort through, do it anyway. You might be surprised with what you are able to clean out. Remember, most things you get rid of will be useful to someone else. I love the look of drawers and shelves that actually have a little breathing room. Clean out the extras from your wardrobe and see if you agree!