Well, I know I said I was not going to make any New Year’s Resolutions this year, but I ended up making a few anyway. This year, I decided to take baby steps towards a goal and not just having one big goal that I will never carry out. One of those goals was to start decluttering.
How many times have you planned to clean out your closet and never got around to it? Well that was me, on more occasions than I can count. So, I decided to start with my closet. Now, this may have also been a forced starting point as I went from a walk-in closet in my Chicago house to having only 5 feet of closet space in my rental. This was a great opportunity for me to LITERALLY try every piece of clothing on. If it didn’t fit, I was getting rid of it. Too big or too small, it was gone.
Before I got pregnant I wore a size 6. Post-pregnancy I was a size 14 and now I am back down to an 8 or 10 depending on the brand. So I literally had every size of clothing from a 6-14 just hanging out in my closet. This was also helpful for me for another reason. If I got rid of the too big clothes, I had no excuse to start gaining weight back. Also, by keeping any clothes that were too small, that I will probably never fit into again anyway, was just a constant reminder that I am not my “ideal” size.
5 Tips to Help You Clean Out Your Closet
- Take EVERYTHING out of the closet. I mean everything. You might be surprised what you find in there!
- Try everything on. If it doesn’t fit you, get rid of it.
- Ask yourself if you would buy this item again if you saw it in a store today. If your answer is no, chances are, you probably won’t wear it so get rid of it.
- Sort your clothing into three or four piles: keep, sell, donate or trash. If you’re like me, you probably have items that you may have only worn once or twice. These are good items to try to sell. You may even find a few pieces that still have tags on them; those are good items to sell as well.
- Toss anything torn, broken, ripped or stained, those socks with holes and the old, tattered underwear you never wear anymore.
In the end I had 193 shirts, 11 dresses, 6 skirts, 33 pants, 3 jackets and a pair of snowboarding pants. Talk about a closet cleanse. I don’t know if I’m more embarrassed to share those numbers with you or shocked at the fact I literally had that many items of clothing. But somehow, I never had anything to wear!
Do clean out your closet regularly? What tips do you have to help keep your closet organized?