The reality is that in order to declutter your closet (and your life for that matter), you have to throw things out. I know, this simple task is one of the hardest things to do. But holding on to things we do not use can only lead to one thing. A closet full of “junk”. I use the word junk loosely because these items may be expensive, in good condition and/or pieces you find attractive. None of this matters if the items just collect dust. So, why are we holding on?
1. It cost a lot of money.
Expensive shoes that hurt your feet are no different from cheap shoes that hurt your feet. Consider them a bad investment and figure out a way to lessen the blow. Try consigning or selling on ebay.
2. It was a gift.
That itchy, uncomfortable sweater that Grams got you for Christmas, yeah, it’s just taking up space. She doesn’t remember what she got you 3 years ago anyway.
3.Saving it for the right occasion.
If you have tons of “going out” clothes, but you haven’t been out in months, I’m talking to you. We all need a few looks in our back pocket that will save the day in a crunch, but keep it to a minimum. A couple of pieces that you can mix and match will do. A whole section of your closet devoted to something you rarely participate in…not the move.
4. I will fit into the later.
“These jeans don’t fit now, but they will later.” If you can not fit something this season, it’s junk. Once you reach your goals, you probably won’t even be interested in those old duds.
5. It has sentimental value.
Have any bridesmaid or prom dresses in weird colors? They won’t see the light of day again. Purge ‘em.
Now if I were only as strict on myself as I can be with others, my closet would always look amazing. Sometimes it really helps to have a voice of reason on these things. It cuts down on all the excuses we make for keeping things. I suggest inviting some stylish friends over for wine and laughs and then sneaking in a purge session. I’m always down.