Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people mention that after the holidays and to start off the New Year, they look forward to a major clean-up/out of their house. Getting rid of the unnecessary, decluttering, organizing…basically “spring” cleaning in January. It makes sense, when the New Year rolls around, we are all looking for a fresh start. We are setting ourselves up to, hopefully, have the best year yet.
If organization, decluttering and getting rid of the unnecessary is one of your New Year resolutions, your closet is a great place to start!
I’m a huge advocate for a regular closet clean-out. For me, having a lot of unworn, old clothes, stockpiled in my closet makes me feel overwhelmed and a bit anxious. Plus, we don’t have big closets in our house and space is limited, so keeping them paired down and organized is key.
Cleaning out your closet can have a lot of benefits! You’ll feel so much better/happier when you open your closet doors and see only pieces you love. Having less, oddly enough, will make that dreaded “I have nothing to wear” feeling rear its head less often. It’ll help immensely in your decision making when rushing out the door in the morning and, if nothing else, you’ll feel like you accomplished something.
So if cleaning out your closet is on your to-do list this month, here are a few tips to help you get started…
Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet
1. Make sure you are in the mood
Cleaning out your closet is a chore, no matter how often you do it. If you are not in the mood to put in the work and really clean it out, you will never get it done. I can’t tell you the amount of times I stood there just staring at my closet because I needed to clean it out, but I wasn’t in the mood.
Also, make sure you are in the mood to try on some clothes. There will be some pieces you can’t decide what to do with. For those pieces, it’s best to try them on and see if they still work for you. So drink some coffee, put on some music, and get in the mood to throw some things out!
2. Ask yourself these questions for each piece of clothing
- When was the last time I wore this? – this is always the first question I ask when cleaning out my closet. If I can’t remember the last time I wore it, it goes. No point in keeping pieces around that I can’t even remember reaching for.
- Does it make me feel good? – If I can remember the last time I wore it, I then try to remember how I felt in it. Did I feel confident? Did it make me uncomfortable? If I didn’t love the way I felt in it, it goes. What’s the point in keeping something that I don’t feel my best in? There isn’t one!
- Does it fit? – We all have something in our closet that we loved at one point, but maybe it doesn’t quite fit anymore. Get rid of it! You will never feel your best or confident in pieces that fit correctly.
3. Make the piles
- Donate – The items in this pile should consist of pieces that aren’t working for you anymore, but are only gently worn. Do not just donate everything and anything. Make sure these pieces are still holding up well and could stand a second life in someone else’s closet. There are so many places to donate clothing, Salvation Army, Dress for Success, Goodwill, just to name a few! You can use resources like womenshelter.org to find a women’s shelter near you. Or Pickup Please to schedule a pick-up of your donations.
- Sell – If you have clothing that you’ve never worn or that are high-end items that cost you a pretty penny, selling is always an option! Might as well make some money while you are getting your life organized!
- Trash – any pieces that are just too worn out to donate go in this pile. If it’s stained, ripped, ragged, or just really old. Toss it. No one else will want it either.
4. Don’t feel bad if there is something you can’t part with
If there is a piece in your closet that you maybe haven’t worn in a while or isn’t fitting with your current personal sense of style, but for some reason you feel a connection with it, keep it. I used to clean out my closet and get rid of everything I thought I didn’t like or would never wear again. But I’ve learned my lesson. Just make sure it’s not every.single.piece of clothing!
I have a sweater with a fur collar, that I’ve had for probably 5 years and have only worn once. BUT, for some reason, I love it. I’ll get rid of it one day, but today isn’t the day and I’m totally okay with that!
While it is a chore, cleaning out your closet is worth the time and effort and it will only benefit you, promise!