Closets are typically one of the most cluttered spaces in any given house. Mostly because we buy more than we need, and then don’t get rid of old items as we buy new ones. In fact, 80% of the time, we choose to wear less than half of what is in our closet. So why do we keep the other 50 percent? These 7 items in your closet to get rid of today are easy, straightforward items that can declutter your closet quickly. Once you tackle the easy stuff, you can move on to the rest of your closet.
Ripped or Stained Clothing
Sometimes we keep damaged items because we think we’ll fix them. Or maybe the item is so comfy we don’t want to let it go. Be reasonable with yourself. If it can be fixed, spend the time to fix it. If not, it’s time to get rid of it.
Nobody stays the same size forever, and that’s okay. What isn’t okay is holding onto old clothes that used to fit us “just in case.” Whether your clothes are too big or too small, the fact of the matter is that they are taking up room in your closet. Put anything that doesn’t fit you in a limbo box that you can revisit 6 to 12 months later. If the clothes still don’t fit, donate them or give them away. Getting rid of these clothes will make room for things that complement your body and will make you feel good.
If you’re someone who tends to collect shoes, it’s time to go through them and pare down. Go through each pair of shoes and ask yourself if you’ve worn them in the last year. If so, how many times? Were they comfortable or did they rub? Would you have a reason to wear them again in the next 12 months? If not, it may be time to get rid of them. Cute shoes look great on the shelf, but if they don’t get used, they don’t belong there.
Empty Shoe Boxes
If you aren’t storing anything in your old shoe boxes, they can come out of your closet. Shoe boxes tend to be bulky and can take up a large majority of your closet. If you are looking for shoe storage, there may be some better, space-saving options.
Bags from Clothing Stores
For whatever reason, many of us have an urge to hold on to bags in case we want to use them again. Especially if the store bag is cute. Unless you actually reuse your bags, you should remove them from your closet. Or, reuse them as gift bags this holiday season to cut back the waste of wrapping paper!
Odds are, you have a few pieces of exercise clothing that you love and wear all of the time. That means that the rest of your activewear rarely gets worn. Go through all of your activewear and set aside your favorite pieces and get rid of the pieces you never wear.
Sentimental clothing includes bridesmaid dresses, college gear, and any other piece of clothes tied to a memory. Ask yourself – will I forget these memories if I don’t own this piece of clothing? Have I worn it in the last year or do I plan to? If the answer is no, it may be time to let your sentimental clothing go.
For a more an even more organized closet, check out our guide to decluttering your closet. While we break things down into categories in this blog, there you will find ways to manage the stress of decluttering by breaking things down into steps. If you want more tips for enjoying your home sent to your email once a month, sign up for our blog newsletter.