Why is cleaning out our closets so agonizing? It’s a mystery, but hey, we are mysterious creatures! Maybe it’s because parting with old clothing and things that you wore in the past, means letting go of a past version of yourself. Or maybe there is a little sentimental value to certain pieces such as the dress you wore on the first date with your husband.
Whatever the reason may be, there comes a point of letting go. But making a little extra space in your closet doesn’t have to involve a lot of hand-wringing and soul-searching. In fact, maybe you should get rid of (and by that we mean donate, of course!) these six things right now.
- Things that will never, ever fit you.
We aren’t talking about clothes that are a little tight, or things that you would be able to wear if you lost five pounds. We are talking about clothing that you’re hanging onto from years and years and years ago, that you would need a whole new body type to wear. Getting rid of old things is a part of making peace with who you are now. And if you do manage to make a huge change, buying new clothes is part of the fun.
- Things that would be more expensive to repair than to replace.
If fixing the soles on your boots would cost just as much as buying another pair of new boots that you would like just as much — time to throw them out.
- Clothing that is beautiful and great but that you never wear because it’s too much trouble.
Maybe you are not as lazy as us, so this doesn’t happen to you. But we’ve been known to have a few things in our closets that are actually really pretty and look good, but we never wear because they’re a pain. Think of those shirts that have to be ironed, or has to be worn tucked in and only with a certain pair of pants, which never seems to be clean because they have to be dry cleaned. Whatever the reasons that you never wear this thing the outcome is the same: you are wasting closet space on something that you don’t wear. So pass it along to someone who will. Then pledge to not buy high-maintenance clothes ever again.
- Things you never wear anymore that you are keeping for sentimental reasons.
We get it. We really do. We know you love that sweatshirt that you spent your life in while in college. And though it now has pit stains and holes, it is something you’d never dream of getting rid of. But if you’re not wearing it, it doesn’t belong in your closet.
When it comes to sentimental pieces, you really have two choices: 1. Take a picture of it, honor what it’s meant to you, and pass it on. This is really great for big things, like prom dresses. You’ll still have the memories, but you’ll also be grateful for the extra space in your closet. 2. If you really want to keep something, you could also put it in a box with other memorabilia, or think of some creative way to display it. Hang it up? Make it into a quilt? Whatever you choose, just make sure you get it out of your closet.
- Things you used to really love but no longer wear.
Fashion is fickle. And so are you. Your taste in clothing changes meaning you will always have a few things in your closet that you used to love and wear all the time, but that for some reason you slowly decided you didn’t like them much. So now they are just collecting dust. Time to find them a new home. You’ll both be happier.
- Basically anything you don’t wear.
If you haven’t worn it in the past year, for whatever reason, it’s time to go. Not only does it represents wasted closet space you probably feel a little guilty over not wearing perfectly nice clothes. So pass those things along to someone who will appreciate them, and savor the new lightness of your wardrobe and your mind.