“I’ll save that for when I’m pregnant.”
That was a real thought, something I actually said to myself when I tried on a Splendid leopard blouse I have hanging in my closet. It’s been too big for me since day one, so naturally, I thought I’d save it until I have a baby bump…
It’s hard to admit you might be a slight hoarder.
If you came into our home, you’d never know. But if I let you take a deep dive into my closets, you might end up drowning in clothes I haven’t worn for almost a decade–or, maybe have never worn.
The good news: I’m not alone. Trunk Club performed a study and found 28% of items in the average person’s closet have never been worn or have gone untouched for over a year.
The bad news: it’s time to clean out… and what better time to do that than now?
6 tips to help “spring clean” that closet
- Put on some music. It goes without saying, but music is definitely number one. Make a playlist that gets you pumped up to get the job done. Cleaning out your closet is going to take time and energy, so put on some good jams that will help get you through it.
- Take everything out. Literally. It’s important to start at zero, and it’s also important to see how big that pile of clothes really is. Does it really need to be that big? Probably not. This is a time to reflect and also get you further motivated to make a dent in that mound.
- Try everything on. If I don’t try something on, I’ll automatically keep it because I will assume it fits and that I’ll eventually wear it. WRONG. If it doesn’t fit, don’t keep it. At the same time, if you’re actively working toward a weight loss goal, that’s a bit of a different story. Get rid of the stuff that’s definitely outside of your reach, but hold on to the ones you can work toward.
- Ask questions. When you’re wearing each piece, ask yourself questions, but most importantly, answer truthfully. Have I worn this recently? Is it in style? Do I feel confident and comfortable in this? Is it still in good shape? If you’re still struggling with your decision, try to create at least three different outfits out of that piece. If you can’t do it, it’s time to toss.
- Have multiple boxes to fill. I always have a box I’ll try to sell, a box to throw away (although, I tend to never fill this one up) and a box to donate. There are a TON of places that will happily accept your clothing donations (think Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc). You can also sell your old clothes from the comfort of your couch through eBay, Poshmark, or Depop–to name a few (shop my closet!).
- Follow the “one year rule.” I haven’t done this (yet) but think this will be an eye-opening experience for me. As you hang your clothes back in your closet, put the hangers in backwards. As you then wear those items, hang it back the right way. By next year, you’ll see exactly what items you haven’t worn over the last 365 days… and will make next year’s spring cleaning that much easier.
I’m not saying get rid of everything… that would be silly. If you’re like me and live in the mountains, you need to hold onto some winter gear. Your basics (jeans, tees, etc) are keepers–as long as they fit, that is! I’ve made the mistake of getting rid of things I maybe shouldn’t have gotten rid of, but at the end of the day, they’re just clothes… What helps me is knowing that the item is actually getting worn instead of taking up space and then getting lost in my closet.
What do you think of my spring cleaning tips? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!