About once a year, I set aside time to go through my closet and clean it out. I get rid of clothes that have been there too long, or clothes that I just haven’t worn. I usually do the cleaning right before fall-I think I started doing this in college because this was around the time of year I was getting ready to go back to school. The thought of getting rid of clothes makes me nervous because I love to shop and I truly do like the clothes that I buy.
When is the last time you cleaned out your closet? Take the poll!
If it’s been more than a year, what’s prevented you from cleaning it? I think one of the main reasons why I would avoid cleaning my closet was because I didn’t want to come to terms with gaining weight or that I was getting older, and some of the clothes I had just didn’t fit my lifestyle anymore.
When you go through your closet, ask yourself:
When’s the last time you wore this item?
Could you see yourself wearing this item in the next two to four weeks? –My exception to this rule is special occassion dresses and shoes (even though, some of those have to go too sometimes!) And, if you live in an area that has all four seasons (like Upstate New York!) then you can be a little lenient with this rule too. What I’m wearing now, I probably won’t be wearing in October or November.
Can you still fit the item? Too small? Too big? Are you in between sizes?
Does it still fit your lifestyle? Not in college anymore? Switched careers? Retired? –This one is hard for me! I have tons and tons and tons of t-shirts that I wore in college but I have come to realize that I don’t need them all…my hubby will be happy about this one!
Is it damaged? Rips, tears, or stains that won’t come out?
When our closets are packed with items we don’t wear, we say things like “I have nothing to wear” –I used to say it all the time! For me, cleaning my closet makes me feel so much more organized, it clears up space, and I like knowing that everything in my closet is something that I plan to wear. And, honestly speaking, cleaning out my closet is just an opportunity for me to make room for more! 🙂