It's that time of year when you start thinking about decluttering your closet- Spring Cleaning if you will. For some this is a yearly celebration of out with the old and in with the new, to others it's a dreaded affair. Anxiety about what to toss, because maybe, just maybe you'll wear it again sets in and holds you back from actually decluttering. Here I've outlined FIVE easy methods to help you navigate the dreaded closet clean out.
Clear out your closet and drawers then ask yourself these five questions about every item.
If you answered NO to one or more of the questions then it's probably a piece of clothing that you don't really need. Don't ever hold on to something out of guilt. Yes, your mom brought those interesting shoes from her trip to Italy, but are you really going to walk around in that rubber heel? And I'm sure it's hard to get rid of the dress you wore on your first date with your husband, but does it still fit? You can always take a picture of it to commemorate the memory or keep a small box with limited "special" clothing items. Just remember you can't keep it all.
With this system you designate your clothes into FOUR piles.
Pile One: Items you love and currently wear.
Pile Two: Pieces of clothing you have aspirations to wear but just haven't yet. Maybe it's that cool new hip dress, but you just don't know exactly how to pull it off.
Pile Three: Items you like but haven't worn in a while or just dont fit you well anymore.
Pile Four: Damaged or clothing in poor condition
KEEP everything in Pile One.
BOX UP everything in Pile Two and store in your closet. If you want to wear it you'll look for it. Re-evalute in 3 months and if it's still boxed up then DONATE.
DONATE everything in Pile Three.
TOSS everything in Pile Four.
In this system you turn all your hangers backwards. Once you wear a piece of clothing turn the hanger back the correct way. After 6 months, get rid of all the clothes hanging on the backwards hangers. If you haven't touched it in 6 months, it probably means there is no real use having it take up space in your closet.
OUT OF SIGHT
This system is simple. Put all the clothes that you don't wear often and are on the fence about in a dresser in another room or box it up in rubbermaid boxes in the back of your closet or under your bed. After 6 months, get rid of the clothes you haven't dug around looking for. Chances are if it's out of sight you probably won't wear it unless you absolutely love it or need it. So this is a good way of getting rid of excess. I did something similar when I moved. I left a ton of clothes in my dresser that ended up going into the guest room. A year later I forgot I had clothes in there and decided I didn't need it and donated it all.
IN AND OUT
Yes, this method has a funny name, but it's a method used in lots of situations, ha. When you purchase something new, get rid of something old. It's that simple, but yet probably one of the hardest ones to instill. Just imagine all the leg work you would get done if throughout the year you were getting rid of items that you weren't wearing. It would really help keep your closet organized and not overwhelm you when it came time to do a yearly cleaning.
Do you have any strategies that work for you? Sound off in the comment section.