With spring in full spring (haha get it) many of us are looking to clean out our homes and purge ourselves of things we no longer need or use. I know for myself one of the places that always seems to need a good organizing is my closet. No matter what I do every year it seems I reaccumulate more and more stuff that I need to just get rid of. If you are like me you may find it hard sometimes to decide what to give up and what to keep. Don’t worry if you feel that way too I have come up with 6 of the best questions to ask yourself when trying to clean out your closet of excess clutter.
- Does it fit?If it isn’t something that you could fit in within a 5-10 lbs loss or gain then get rid of it
- Have you worn it in the last 6 months – 1 year?If you haven’t worn it in any season then chuck it
- Did you buy it or was it a gift? If it was a gift and that is the only reason you are keeping it unless it really is something special and important like your great grandmother’s college sweater then throw it out. If you bought it and spent your own money on it you may be more likely to hold onto it so you don’t feel like you wasted your money, but if you really aren’t wearing it you are still losing money.
- Do you like the way you look in it/does it make you feel good?This is a big one if you don’t like the way you look in it, or it doesn’t make you feel good then throw it out. There is no sense in wearing something that you don’t feel awesome in.
- Is it sentimental/What if? This is the trap I fall into the most often. The “what if I need this someday” category or the “but it’s something sentimental and special” category. I find the best way to look at the “what if” items is to decide the likelihood that whatever circumstance is actually going to happen. If you are keeping that one blouse that you know would look so great if you went to that one place, then you probably don’t really need it. As compared to that rain jacket you don’t wear often, but are so thankful for when it rains. For the sentimental clothes I try to think about why it is important to me. Is this something I want to pass down? Is it something I think I have to keep because it was important at the time? Or is it because someone important gave it to me? Now only you can answer these questions, but I would recommend you think about them, and decide if it is really worth keeping the item.
- Is it in good condition?This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many of us are walking around with holes in our clothes (yes I am guilty of this too). The simple fact is if there are really significant holes in your clothes that can’t be fixed then throw them out or donate them.