Do you have a closet full of clothing, yet nothing to wear? Is everything crammed in so tightly that everything’s wrinkled, and you can’t even see what your choices are? We only wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time anyway, so why not purge a few things? I promise this is a case of less is more. It will be so-o-o much easier to get dressed when you can see all of your clothing and know that all of it fits, flatters, and is ready to wear.
When it comes to your clothing and accessories, clutter is anything you don’t wear, no matter what the reason is.
For each item, ask yourself these questions:
Do I wear it? Really? How often? Be honest. If you can’t remember, there’s probably something wrong with it. Does it fit and flatter? You should only have clothing handy that fits you right now. Is it in good condition? If it needs mending or tailoring, fix it! If it can’t be saved, forget it!
Does it suit my current lifestyle? Do you still wear suits to work? If not, they are taking up valuable space. Same goes for activity-specific clothing when you no longer take part in the activity.
Can it be worn with multiple items in my wardrobe? Clothing orphans can take up a lot of space. It’s easier to put together an outfit, and to justify the cost of a new item, when everything mixes and matches!
Or, if you really want to cut to the chase:
Would I buy this again right now if I had the chance?
If you can answer yes to all these questions, wonderful, it stays! Just be sure to store it in an organized manner, so you can find it quickly when you are dressing.
Here are some reasons why it is difficult to part with closet clutter:
- I’m waiting for it to fit me again. If you insist on keeping “fat” and “skinny” clothes, store them elsewhere.
- It reminds me of a good time. That’s nice. Do you have a photograph of yourself in that outfit? If not, take one now…or just purge it anyway. You’ll have more good times, I promise!
- It was a gift. Great, so it’s yours to do with what you want, right?
- I bought it on sale – or – I paid good money for it. So what? Don’t clutter your present with past mistakes!
- My favorite charity might want it. OK, perfect – bag it up and take it there today!
- I might be able to sell it. If you are already an avid eBay- or yard- or re-seller, great! However, if you aren’t, save yourself the hassle and just donate it.
- My friend/neighbor/coworker might want it. Ask them. Give it to them today.
The bottom line: If you don’t wear it, it’s clutter.
If you need help making decisions, call a friend or a professional organizer. It is a myth that a professional organizer will make you get rid of all your stuff. A good one will help you identify what you use, love, and need to keep, and will help you store it or display it in an organized manner.
What do you have in your closet right now that you are willing to part with?
What have you been hanging on to that you secretly really know is just clutter?
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Related: The Closet Clutter Flow Chart
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