Hello 2018! What better way to start off the New Year by rolling up your sleeves, and finally tackling your over-stuffed, un-organized and messy closet? If you are already feeling stressed out thinking about even attempting to step foot near your closet, stick around for our best closet declutter guidelines!
Let’s start with something easy, and kind of fun! Decluttering your closet.
The Hanger Trick
Do you know how many articles of clothing you are wearing out of everything you own? This trick is perfect to know exactly how much of your closet is waste of space, and how much of your closet is being used every day. All you simply do is:
Turn all your hangers in your closet around so the hooks of the hanger are facing you (the wrong way around)
When you wear something, flip the hanger around the normal way
In “X” number of months, whatever hangers are still facing the wrong way are holding items of clothing you haven’t worn and are ready for the donation bag!
Now, let’s take a bigger step into your closet and get rid of…
Clothes That Are Too Small
Why do we always have this connection to clothes just because we spent money on them? If they are too small, whether they were worn once, or a thousand times, it’s time to let them go. Keeping clothes that are too small because they might fit again one day means it’s times for a purge! You deserve to always feel confident when wearing your clothes, and it shouldn’t be a workout to put on or take of that blouse you’ve had forever but can’t wear! If it never fit quite right, and you were never quite confident enough to wear it, and it's time to set yourself free from it. If this ring true to you, hear our warning: you're never going to wear it. Let it go.
Your Perpetual "Fix It" Pile
If you were going to take those shoes to get resoled, or that dress to get hemmed, you would have done it by now. Things that have been sitting around for six months waiting to get some love are probably not things you are eager to wear anyway, so either take it in to get it fixed (this week!) or let it go.
Keep around some junky clothes for painting or gardening or anything else that'll get your hands dirty. But remember, you can't wear more than one outfit at a time, so there's no need to have a drawer full of paint-stained T-shirts and yoga pants. Let (most of) it go.
Stretched Out Clothing
Let it go.
Tangled Or Discoloured Costume Jewelry
That now-green-once-gold $10 bib necklace from Forever XXI? Let it go.
Shoes That Leave You Limping
We all have those super high shoes that we put on while we're getting dressed but can barely walk by the end of the day because they hurt our feet so much. Let them go. Your feet will thank you.
Anything You Only Wore Once And Never Will Again
Old costumes that haven’t seen light since you wore it four years ago. The chances that one day you'll desperately wish you didn't put your ketchup costume in the donation bin because you need it are slim to none. Let it go. Bridesmaid dresses are hard because you paid so much money for it, and no matter how much you want to believe your bride friend that you'll totally wear that merlot-colored ruched bodice chiffon cocktail dress again, you won't, and you know it. Let it go.
Those Things You Held Onto the Last Time You Cleaned Out Your Closet
If you're anything like me, every time you clean out your closet, a pile remains that you're just not ready to part with. Then, that same pile rears its sentimental head six months or a year later when you tackle the organizing task again, only to find you forgot all about it, but still feel attached, for whatever reason. Repeat after me...Let. It. Go.