Closet Purge – Dos and Don’ts

There comes a time in everyone’s life that we simply don’t have anything to wear. [...]

There comes a time in everyone’s life that we simply don’t have anything to wear. And we also secretly hope that all of that “nothing to wear” doesn’t fall on our heads the next time we open our closets. Some of us tend to overshop, especially when we come across great deals such as the ones here, which leads to accumulating more than we actually need.

And all jokes aside, some of us tend to get emotionally attached to the clothes we buy and wear, which prevents us from purging our closets once the need arises. Additionally, many of us don’t even know how to do a closet purge right. Do we throw everything out and just go buy new things? Do we donate the things – and if yes, who to?

So, if you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, where are just some of the most important closet purging dos and don’ts that will help you become more efficient the next time you choose to tackle this chore.

Do – take everything out

The first step to a successful closet purge is to take all of your clothes out from their hiding places. Yes, all of your winter, summer, spring, fall clothes, as well as costumes, swimsuits, hats and scarves. Once everything is out, place the pile on top of your bed – this is the most inconvenient place you can put it but it will encourage you to finish what you’ve started before going to bed. Once this is done, move onto separating your clothes in “theme” piles (tops, skirts, pants, etc.) and start folding them.

Don’t – overthink it

The key to a successful closet purge lies in quickness and efficiency. So, the less time you dedicate to a specific item of clothing, the better the outcome you can expect. If you take too much time to think about whether or not you should cut a piece out of your closet, chances are you’ll just end up putting it back to its original place.

Do – try things on

Of course, if there are things you haven’t had a chance to wear for some time, you can’t really decide if they need to go or not. In such a case, it’s always okay to try them on first before you decide what to do with them. If they don’t fit you anymore – it’s time for them to go.

Don’t – get too emotionally attached

As mentioned previously, all of us have those clothing pieces we tend to hold on to for one reason or the other. And it’s completely fine to have a few of such pieces. But you really need to try and limit the number of such pieces as much as possible. Who cares if you’ve worn that dress to your best friend’s wedding if you’ve never reached for it again? Take the time to thank the piece for fulfilling its purpose and making you feel like a million bucks, and then put it in the “donations” pile to allow it to make someone else feel great as well.

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