Once a year, I try to go through my wardrobe and donate the items that no longer fit, bring me joy, or are no longer fashionable. I feel like those are the three rules to live by when cleaning out your closet. It’s so difficult for me to get rid of clothes, yes there is where I am a complete hoarder. I’m ok with that, I’ve accepted it, but I’m also trying to change the habit. Ok I am clearly in denial of my clothing hoarding capabilities.
If you are like me and find it difficult to clean out your closet, then watch the video and keep on reading. I’m going to get you a few hints that truly worked for me.
1. Work in items.
I like to start with tops, and then move to pants, then shoes, followed by dresses and then I end with “other” items (which is whatever I have left). Starting with your first category, let’s say tops. Literally, take all tops and put them on your bed.
2. Place them in categories.
You literally go top by top and place them in piles or categories, e.g. workout tops, blouses, tanks, workout tops, pajama tops, etc.
3. Determine what stays and what goes.
This is the difficult part, but if you ask yourself the following questions you will be able to determine what items to keep and what items to donate.
b. Is it comfortable?
c. Is it still in style?
d. Does it make me happy?
Here is a flowchart that will help you with these questions. When you answer no to a question you have to donate that item no if’s and’s or but’s. When you’ve answered yes to all for questions that item is a keeper and you can continue rocking that item.
It’s best to answer these questions quickly. Don’t hesitate. Answer the questions and throw the item in either the keep rockin pile or the donate pile. Store all the keepers safely back into your closet or dresser; and here’s the key to the donation pile. Place all “to donate” items in a garbage bag and put it somewhere in your house, like your basement, where you won’t see it on a daily basis. For the next three months, if you remember an item that is in there, have your hubby or someone else grab that item and only that item out of the bag. I feel like this is a little insurance policy. I do a better job increasing my donation pile when I know I have a three month window to replace anything that I truly love or will wear again.
I hope these hints help you spring clean your closet.