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Spring Cleaning: Your Closet

Every so often I have a closet clean out day in which I take every single item I own out of my closet and dresser and get rid of the things that I don’t wear.

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But, there are some things you should know before cleaning your wardrobe.

You can keep a few things with sentimental value. We all have those things that we can’t get rid of, so don’t make yourself!  Keep the T-shirt you wore to your first concert, the dress you wore on your first date, keep those things that have happy memories!  But not too many, once you have more than maybe 5, you need to re-evaluate.

Recognize what you actually wear and what you say you’ll wear. Keep things you will really wear.  Don’t only keep the things you want to wear or want to wear but never will.  Cool blouse but doesn’t match anything?  Gotta go.

Don’t keep something as a goal item. Because it will bum you out that you can’t wear it yet.  If something’s too big and you’re hoping to somehow grow into it magically, get rid of it.  If something’s 4 sizes too small and you’re hoping to fit into it, maybe try for a more reachable goal and buy clothes when you reach it. (By the way, you look great how you are, you don’t need to lose weight.)

Don’t get rid of things you really don’t want to. You will regret it and you won’t be able to get it out of your mind. To ease into letting go, keep a bin in the back of your closet full of ‘maybe’ items.  If you find yourself forgetting about it two weeks later, get rid of it.  If you are reaching into the bin for an item, keep it around.

Don’t keep anything that doesn’t match anything you own. That one stray chartreuse top? You will never wear it, it’s time to make room for a classic piece you will get much more use out of like a white button down or a black halter top. But, there is a difference between not matching and popping. You can have a few items that aren’t identical but if there’s something that you never wear because it’s the wrong shade, let it go.

When you get rid of everything you don’t want or need, put it in a bag and drive straight over to Goodwill or a donation center for a charity that takes clothes.  It feels good to give things to people who need them, a lot of us have a lot more than others and we should share the wealth!  Good luck on your closet clean out!

How often do you clean house?  Let me know!

xoxo

  • Hi Sofia! Thanks again for reminding me to clean out my closet! I think your blog is awesome so I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award https://theworldofcos.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/the-beautiful-blogger-award/. 🙂 TheWorldofCos

    • Aw thank you so much! I love your blog as well! xoxo

  • These are some great tips, will definitely come in handy for me since I plan to clean out my closet during Spring break! Love the blog!
    Xoxo
    http://www.simplythechiclife.wordpress.com

    • Thanks for reading! I’m glad it was useful! xoxo

  • I always have to clean my room every month…It just makes me feel good to not have things I don’t use 🙂

    http://www.sillycrazylove.com

    • I’m the same way, I love getting rid of things I don’t use! xoxo

  • I need to do this. I have draws and when I open all three the whole thing collapses due to the wright. In the draws are mainly just old t-shirts that I sleep in and scruffy trackies. Its time to change as am scared one day my cat is going to go to sleep in the bottom draw and get crushed when it all topples over!

    So when I say I need to do this… I REALLY need to do this! xxx

    • Good luck clearing out your clothes! It feels soo good!! xoxo

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  • My closet has been building up with things I don’t wear or won’t fit in the actual closet and I really need to follow these steps to sort it out! Xoxo

    • Good luck, it feels so good when you’re done! xoxo

  • I was just thinking about how I need to go through my closet and get rid of some things that I never wear! I like to be really organized but I always end up with too many clothes.

    • I know exactly what you mean! I want to be super organized but I just have too much stuff! xoxo