We all know that overwhelming and exhausting feeling we have when staring at all the clothes we own. Somehow, there is still not enough to wear, and some clothes just seem to make you sad as if it couldn’t get any better. Our closets tend to represent our state of mind, and if they are cluttered, it is only natural that we will feel stressed. Luckily, even the most intimidating of closets can be handled with these 5 simple steps.
First of all, be sure to throw away old, ripped, and/or stained clothes. Most of the time, they can not be donated or sold, but there are quite a few ways you can give them a second life. Consider donating them to a local animal shelter or simply take upon an arts and crafts project. Some retailers offer an in-store recycling program, where you can bring old (but washed) clothing from any brand to be recycled and receive a discount.
We tend to feel sentimental toward our clothes and feel attached to some pieces. In case an item has some less-than-great memories attached to it, do not feel sorry about giving it up. It is better to have to purchase one more dress or t-shirt than to feel down every time you open your closet. If these items are in good condition, consider donating or selling them online.
Many stylists’ opinions in regard to keeping or throwing away clothes that don’t fit you anymore for whatever reason differ drastically. If the difference is no greater than 1 size, you can keep them. However, consider putting them further into the back of the closet so that they don’t become an eyesore. Fluctuating weight is common and normal and can be caused by anything, from stress to season change, so don’t beat yourself up if an old pair of jeans is a bit snugger on the hips than it used to be.
Next, get rid of the old clothes that might not be the most appropriate for you. While clothing is just another way to express your personality, there are certain expectations to keep up to. If you are a high school teacher, showing up in a skintight minidress might not be the best option, and attending a business meeting in a band logo t-shirt might not show off your professionalism. Think about which clothes are appropriate for where you are in your life right now and keep them. The rest can go.
This is probably the most exciting and anticipated step out of all of these. Look at the items you have left. Make sure they all fit and suit you and you know you will want to wear them. Try to style a few outfits out of them and see what’s missing. Is it a belt for a dress or a plain button-down for a pantsuit? Check out our guide on essential clothing for some pointers. With the list of items you need in mind, go on a shopping spree. Try not to buy anything not from the list as, chances are, you might have to declutter it the next time.
When staring in the eyes of the monster, all you need is a plan, especially when the monster is your jam-packed closet. With these 5 steps, you can easily sort through your clothes and figure out what can go and what can stay. Not only will you have to stress less about what to wear, but you will also feel freer without too much clutter in your life.