At least twice a year I try to clean out my closet. Whenever I do it just baffles me how much stuff I have accumulated or couldn’t find.
Oh hi red tank top that I wanted to wear on the 4th of July.
So that’s where I stored my summer pajamas!
Often times I store my off season clothes in random places where I can find some room. As a result, I tend to forget where those items have gone later in the year. I have been working hard to avoid this by removing items from my closet so I own less stuff. Not only does cleaning out your space give you more space, but it also helps your sanity.
Before I cleaned out my closet (and every other container with clothes), everything was bulging at the seams. I literally had no other place to store any new clothes. Turns out, I didn’t need to find more storage. I just needed to get my act together and clean out my mess! If you want to take this step and rid yourself of too much stuff, I created a list of tips for cleaning out your closet that I know will help you.
1. Does it fit?
When trying to determine which article you are going to keep or pitch, you need to consider this question. If I haven’t worn something in a little while, I always try it on to ensure that it fits the same as I remember. If it’s too big, out it goes. I don’t want larger clothes to encourage weight gain. Now those jeans from high school. You know, the ones you wore when you were about 10-20 pounds lighter? Yeah pitch those too. If there is anything that you have to lose a significant amount of weight for just to squeeze into it, I would throw it out. As a general rule, if it doesn’t fit, you shouldn’t hold on to it.If that shirt is 2 sizes too large/small, it's time to go! Click To Tweet
2. Does it go with your current style?
This is the most important and first question I always ask myself when I am looking at an article of clothing. I have a style that I generally aim to follow, apart from trendy items. If I come across a tee that I’ve had since high school that doesn’t flow with my style, I know I need to pitch it.
The reason I go through my closet at least twice a year is to also evaluate those trendy items. Because I know that trends don’t last forever, I only buy a couple items that encompass a certain trend. That way, when the trend goes out of style, I’m not getting rid of my entire closet. It’s definitely a good idea to have a balance between classic and trendy pieces.
3. Would you buy this same piece today?
If that item you are holding was on the shelf in a store, would you purchase it? If you had to hesitate, well there’s your answer. If you wouldn’t buy it today, then you shouldn’t keep it in your closet.
4. When was the last time you wore it?
As a general rule, if I haven’t worn something in a year it’s time for it to go. Sometimes I argue with myself and say that it’s such a pretty top… But if it was so pretty and I loved it so much, wouldn’t I have worn it more?? I give myself a little leeway when it comes to jackets or articles that are specific to a certain type of weather. Despite only wearing my trench coat a couple times, it is still necessary to have for rainy days that I need to look put together.Rule of thumb: if you haven't worn that shirt in over a year TOSS IT! Click To Tweet
5. Tattered or torn?
It’s such a sad day when one of your favorite tops gets a hole in it. When you are cleaning your closet, you should consider whether or not the hole is fixable–or if you are even willing to put in the time to fixed it. I don’t normally bother with trying to fix tattered clothes because I feel it always turns out worse! Trash it goes. I don’t even bother trying to pass them on to my mom or sister or even donating them. If they are too beat up for me to wear, then others won’t want to wear them either.
6. Invest in good hangers
I used to not put much thought into the kind of hangers that I use. After 3 years of living on campus, I decided to move home so I just use whatever my parents had. When I looked at my closet, I noticed that the plastic hangers I was using took up so much space! When I put some thin velvet hangers (c/o Bed Bath & Beyond) in my closet, so much space was added! It’s crazy the difference a hanger can make. I also love that my tops don’t fall off the hanger as easily (or ever) as they did with plastic hangers.
Another one of my Bed Bath & Beyond purchases were these nifty velvet hangers–so naturally I had to tear my room apart and start organizing my closet! I couldn’t believe how much less space they took up compared to my former hangers which makes them perfect for any dorm room. @bedbathandbeyond #bedbathandbeyond #studentlifehappens #ad#closet #dormdecor #madeline #tshirt #summer #organization
What I do with the clothes I don’t want?
The first thing I do when I have a pile of clothes that I don’t want anymore is ask my mom and my sister if they want them. If I have brand name clothes after that, I take the basket to a consignment shop like Plato’s Closet. If I can get some money back for all I spend on clothes, that would be great for my college wallet! The last place I take my clothes to is simply donating them to Goodwill.
Although sometimes I may have separation anxiety with my clothes, I feel so much better once I clean. I think having a clean space actually contributes to less anxiety and stress! Also, when I have a closet full of clothes that I know I love, it makes choosing an outfit that much easier.
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What tips do your follow when cleaning out your closet?