“I can’t find anything!”
“I never know what to wear.”
“I have so many things in my closet I never wear.”
Sound familiar? And how about the clothes in dry-cleaning bags or the clothes, still sporting tags, that have never been worn?
Almost everyone could stand to do a little decluttering in their closet, and here’s why it’s so important: Your closet is where your style begins. When you stand in your closet, preparing for the day ahead, or for a particular event, you want your closet to support you and give you a sense of confidence, even joy.
Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of liking nothing in your closet, you faced the decision of which fantastic and mood-boosting outfit to put on today?!
To get there, though, can be daunting, in some cases even overwhelming. That’s especially the case if you’ve let things get a little (or a lot!) out of hand.
Where to start?
To start, consider going for the low-hanging fruit, the things you won’t have to think hard about at all, the things you’ll never use or wear again.
To make headway, you’ll need two containers, one for trash and one for things you’re going to give away.
Ready? Here we go!
1. Expired or dried-up makeup. True, these things aren’t technically in your closet, but rooting through all those containers sure can slow you down in the mornings. You’re not using them; get rid of them.
2. Shoes that hurt. No exceptions. You’re welcome.
3. Stained or irreparably damaged clothing. You’ve washed it, dry-cleaned it, prayed over it, and … it’s still a goner. You will never wear that skirt with the ink stain again, and guess what? No one else wants it either. It’s sad but it’s your new reality. Accept it and move on.
4. Broken jewelry. There’s a reason you haven’t gotten that necklace repaired in five years. It’s because you bought three others you like better. Give it to someone who can repurpose it.
5. Clothes and accessories that don’t belong to you (and never did). What’s your sister-in-law’s sweater doing in your closet? ‘Nuff said.
6. Clothes from sports or activities you no longer pursue. You played field hockey in college but now it’s years later. No clue where your hockey stick is and you last went for drinks with the team three years ago? Let those jerseys go.
7. Anything more than two sizes too big or small. Sure, our weight can fluctuate, but more than two sizes in either direction? The clothes you can’t wear right now are cluttering your brain when you go to get dressed in the morning. If you’re really worried about having those clothes if and when you need them, keep them—but box ‘em up and put ‘em in a closet somewhere besides your main closet.
8. Tights, socks, or stockings with holes or runs, and socks that have lost their mate. These are inexpensive to replace. Wait, what?! You’ve already replaced them? That’s even more reason to get rid of them. In the trash.
9. Anything in a color you hate. Let’s say you hate a particular color, either because it looks terrible or because you just, well, can’t stand it. You have something in that color. You never wear it—because you hate the color. Let’s just face reality: You. Will. Never. Wear It. Find someone who will.