How many of you have a closet full of clothes that are hardly ever worn? My own closet was packed with clothes that I had not worn in years. I guess the weight of those clothes became too much for my closet organization system. The closet collapsed last week. What a mess it was! A jumbled mess of clothing, shoes, hangers and wire shelving. This unfortunate event forced me to purge the closet.
First of all I had to psyche myself up for this project. In the back of my mind I always think “I might wear that shirt someday.” or “What if I change sizes again? I will need those pants.” That’s when I just have to think:
Let it go, let it go!
Once the purging began, it became easy to get rid of stuff. It was freeing. Here are my tips for purging clothing:
- Try everything on. If it doesn’t fit, it must go. I was surprised to find that about half of my clothes were the wrong size.
- Don’t keep clothing for sentimental reasons. I had several pieces that were given to me as gifts but I hated the color. I finally decided to let these items go. They were just taking up space.
- If you have not worn an item in a years time, purge it. The only exceptions I made to this rule was for my formal dresses.
- You don’t need 10 of the same color shirt or sweaters. I was amazed to find how many black sweaters I had. They were slightly different styles but basically the same. Limit yourself to a couple and purge the rest.
I ended up clearing out two large trash bags and a box full of clothes for Goodwill. We ended up with 45 empty hangers! Previously we couldn’t hang all of our clothes because we didn’t have enough hangers. I immediately took the items to Goodwill – don’t keep that clutter around! If you have several friends that are also purging clothes, organize a clothing swap! It’s a great way to get rid of your items and maybe pickup a few new items.
Even though our closet collapse was an unfortunate event, it forced us to do some major purging. In the end I am glad it happened.