Declutter Your Wardrobe

When Did You Last Wear That?

When it comes to clothing, most of us have far more than we really need. If you take a good, honest look through your closet, you will find that you have much more than you use.

In fact, according to The Cut, we only regularly wear 20% of our wardrobe. The rest just sits or hangs there, serving no real purpose other than taking up space.

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Why You Should Declutter Clothing

Having too much of anything takes up not only physical space in your home, but mental space as well. When you are looking for something to wear, having too much clothing makes you feel like you are searching through endless piles of stuff and yet still cannot find something suitable. When you declutter, you will be able to quickly find outfits that you love. This will save you time, and keep your stress levels low.

Download and print the Clothing Checklist to use while you sort through your closet. It will help remove the feeling from the task.

Toss all damaged items

There's really no reason to hang on to that shirt with the hole in it or that pair of slacks with the frayed ends. So, before you pare down your closet, remove all damaged items. Toss them straight into a garbage bag, because you don't want to get them mixed in with the items you're going to donate at the end.

Now to really sort through your wardrobe

How Does It Make You Feel and Look?

As you are sorting through your clothing, think about how the item makes you feel. Do you look at it and feel excited to wear it? Or do you feel ‘frumpy' or depressed at the thought? When it is on your body, does it make you feel good or ready to take on the world? Or does it make you feel self conscious or indifferent?

Clothing is much more than a cover. It is a part of who you are, and how you feel in it is the image of yourself that you are presenting to the world. Keep only the clothing that makes you feel confident, and causes you to be proud of who you are. Your image is going to be different than anyone else's and only you can decide how each item fits that image.

Are You Keeping It Out of Obligation?

Many of us are harboring clothing out of guilt, given to us by well-meaning friends and family like that Christmas sweater from grandma or the plaid shirt from uncle Bob when you don't wear plaid. Unless someone knows your taste 100% of the time, clothing generally does not make an appropriate gift. Too often we are given an item and then feel stuck with it for an undisclosed amount of time, and we never quite feel right getting rid of it.

If you are keeping clothing you hate just because you feel loyal to the person who gave it to you, go ahead and get rid of it. This will make room for items you love, and you won’t feel guilt every time you glance at it, knowing that it hasn’t been worn and will probably never be.

Have You Worn It in the Past Year?

A good rule of thumb is that anything not worn in the past year needs to go. The reason for the rule of a year is because certain items of clothing and accessories have particular yearly events that they are appropriate for, and it’s ok to keep a few of those special items.

Also, many locations have seasons that are very distinct in temperature. You will have clothing that you don’t ever wear in summer, but faithfully make use of every winter… or vice versa. If you didn’t wear it in the past year’s appropriate season, it is likely that this item is no longer needed, or that it no longer flatters who you have become.

Get started!

Once you have made choices about what to get rid of, you can throw away any damaged items, sell a few select items and give away the rest to those in need.

Organize what is left, and you will see what a difference it makes in your life when you have in your closet only what you need and love wearing. I chose to invest in some great hangers to help with organizing my closet. These non-slip, ultra thin velvet hangers are great. They keep your clothes on them, unlike the cheap plastic hangers that drop your clothes constantly. I also like these Magic Hangers. They come in handy when you put your off season clothes to the back of your closet.

Enjoy your new organized closet and never search for hours for a lost item again.

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