I have been guilty of having too much clothes, and having nothing to wear. There are time that I open my closet and I have no idea what to wear, granted a lot of my clothes are very casual and sometimes too summery for Portland. However, it’s important to be realistic and truly clean out that closet. So I started to clean out my closet every few months to make sure that I wasn’t holding on to clothes that I no longer wear. I know it can be hard getting rid of clothes, but take these tips as a way to help you get a little more organized:
- Let’s be honest: When you are going through your clothes be honest about what you actually wear, and what fits you. I know sometimes we hold on to certain pieces because we like the patterns, or we think we are going to wear them for a certain event. However, if you haven’t wore it in over year get rid of it.
- Quality: Take a look at the quality of the pieces you have in your closet. Do you see a hole? stain? If it’s not fixable why hold on to it? Why would you want to wear something that is not in good shape anyway? It’s important to inspect your clothes to make sure they are in good shape. You always want to look your best.
- Comfort: This is obvious, if you’re struggling to get those jeans on, or a shirt is too tight, why keep it? Having clothes that fit properly are not only more comfortable, but they will look better on you. If something no longer fits you need to get rid of it. No need to struggle and be uncomfortable.
- Sorting: After you take a look at your clothes and figure out what doesn’t fit, what is no longer wearable, and what you have not wore in over a year I would suggest making a few piles to separate your clothes and decide what you are going to keep.
Pile 1: Clothes you wear frequently and are in good shape
Pile 2: Clothes you have mix feeling
I would suggest keeping this items out of your closet and in a bag. If you end up looking back in there and picking a few pieces out great, if you end up ignoring that bag for more than 2 months without looking at it. Get rid of it!
Pile 3: Clothes you want to get rid of
Pile 4: Clothes that are damage and can’t be repair
Clothes that are in good shape and no longer fit you or you no longer wear can be given to a friend or a younger relative. You can also find a local shelter that is taking donations, or you can try selling them at a local thrift store or online.
Clothes that are no longer in good shape and be recycled or reused as rags around the house.
Cleaning out your closet and keeping only items that are in good shape, actually fit, and are comfortable will make your life easier when you are trying to find something to wear, and it will also make more room for a few new pieces that can complement the clothes you already have.