I am often torn between my love for clothing and my love for organization. To be completely honest with all of you, I still had a lot of the same clothing I wore in high school, 10 years ago. The style in 2010 isn't exactly the same as it is in 2020. We have come a long way since low rise jeans, velvet track suits, statements belts and oversized hoop earrings. As much as I wish some of those things would come back in style, it might be time to move on. This break up isn't an easy one, but it is for the best.
I did a lot of research before attempting my own closet clean out. One tip I saw a lot was to begin by emptying out your entire closet. Now if you are extremely motivated and have an entire day to dedicate to this, then by all means, empty that closet. Now if you have a full-time job, kids, dogs or uhm a life, I highly advise against this! DO NOT EMPTY YOUR CLOSET. Why? The main reason is because this isn't a quick project. This project can take days or even weeks to complete.
Something I found to be beneficial in this processes was rewarding myself. When my project was complete I told myself I would allow myself to buy one brand new outfit. It helps if you pick the outfit out before you begin! Once you have your reward set in place, it is time to begin.
I started right at the beginning of my closet. I also set some guidelines for myself on what I wanted to "keep", "donate/sell" and "throw away". Here are the rules I set in place to help me get rid of unnecessary clutter:
- If it doesn't fit you right, don't keep it.
- Get rid of anything that doesn't make you feel good.
- Don't hold onto too many sentimental clothing items.
- Don't keep items that are no longer in style.
- If you have duplicates, ditch one of them.
- If you haven't worn it in the past year, it's time to let it go.
- Do not keep old bridesmaid dresses or prom dresses
Once you have gone through your entire closet and dressers it is time to decide what to do with your "donate/sell" items.
If the item is a name brand item you can try to sell it on places like Poshmark, thredUP of Facebook Marketplace. Make sure you price stuff to get rid of it, you don't want to have to store these unwanted items for too long. For items that you can't sell or just don't want to try to sell you can donate to a local charity. You can contact your local officials or school to see if there is a family in need or to ask about local charities. I prefer to keep my donations local, but there are also options such as Goodwill and other thrift stores.