Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cleaning Out Your Closet

We all need to do it. Go through that towering mess that is our closet and get rid of whatever has been accumulating over the past year. This is something I was taught to do when I was very young. Around the age of 6 or 7 I started going through my closet every spring to figure out what I really wanted to keep and what I could give away. This is a lesson I've tried my very best to keep up with over the years.

Needless to say, I have a pretty decent system for the very best ways to look into your closet, sort through what is there, and decide what isn't necessary anymore. Here are some of my very best tips for cleaning out your closet.

Now let me start off by saying, one of the reasons I am writing this post is because I desperately need to clean out my own closet. Last year I was away for a good portion of spring and for whatever reason I seem to have it in my brain that cleaning out your closet is a spring only activity. Which leads me to tip number one. 

You can clean your closet out during any season of the year.

I know that we tend to clear the clutter during the spring cleaning time period, but honestly you can rummage through your clothes whenever. I tend to enjoy the spring season because that is when I seem to add more to my wardrobe and I need to clean out the things I no longer use to make room for the new. But honestly, I could do this any time of year and should do it more than just once.

Take out all of your die hard, favorite items.

Once you determine what you can't live without, it will be easier to decide if there are items that you can let go. Take out all of your absolute favorites and place them to the side. This will allow you to see what remains more clearly and help you to decipher what is expendable.

Determine if it is a seasonal item that you will wear again the following year.

Along with the previous point, there will be some items that you are not going to use for a larger portion of the year because it is seasonal. Take a minute to figure out if it was a trend that you wanted for that year, or something you will actually wear again next year. If the answer is no, then put it in your bag of give away clothes.

If you haven't put it on your body in a year, get rid of it.

This is probably my number one rule for deciding whether to keep it or give it away. If you have just gone through all four seasons and that item of clothing has not touched your body once, don't even debate about it. Just give it away. There is a reason you haven't wanted to wear it for an entire year so there is no reason to continue to allow that piece to take up precious room in your closet.

I want to take a personal moment for this one point. I know that we all have those clothes that we hold on to because we're planning to lose the weight and then we can fit in them again. I know I go through this struggle each year. But the truth is, even in the times where I have actually lost the weight, by the time I did, those clothes I was holding on to weren't really in style anymore. Or at least I had grown out of that trend or style. Get rid of the things you haven't fit into all year. And when you do lose the weight, reward yourself with some fresh new pieces instead! 

Only keep out the clothes for the season you are in.

This particular tip is more for those of you who have a little extra space. Right now my husband and I have a four bedroom home, with only our Chinese exchange student living with us (no other children). So we have a decent amount of extra space that we can pack up those big bulky winter sweaters and place them in storage until the next year. Doing this will give you so much more space for whatever you are wearing this spring and summer.

Decide where you plan on giving away your clothes.

When I was a kid, we always gave everything away to the Goodwill. But now a days consignment shops are all the rage. Check out some of your local consignment shops and see if any of your gently worn clothes are able to be sold there. Also talk to some of your friends to see if they're interested in possibly swapping. It allows you to get a few new pieces without any extra cost. And of course there is always The Goodwill and the amazing veterans programs that will pick up your clothes straight from your home!

I find cleaning out my closet soothing and stress reducing. Not to mention the fact that it opens my space up for new purchases. It always makes me feel better. Like a weight has been lifted. And that helps me actually stay productive with my days.

So it's confession time. Like I mentioned before, part of the reason I am writing this post is to gain my own accountability for cleaning out my closet. It desperately needs it!! I'm pretty sure it hasn't been done since we purchased our home and that was over 2 years ago. Needless to say, this needs to yesterday. So I'm using you all as my accountability partners. Leave me comments asking if I've cleaned out my closet yet. Or you can head over to my Instagram or Twitter and ask me there. Anything that helps get my butt in gear!

I'd also love to hear if you have any tips for cleaning out your closet!
Love you all lots!!

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