Do you ever walk to your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, even though your closet is stuffed with clothes? Getting rid of the clutter will help you to see the clothes you actually want to wear, and alleviate the stress you experience when you approach your closet.
Where to begin? Start by getting rid of these three types of clothes:
- Self-esteem killing pants. Unless you are pregnant, you shouldn’t have clothes in your closet that are too small for you. If you can’t put it on your body and wear it comfortably out in public, it has no business being in your closet. Your closet should only contain clothes that make you look and feel like a rock star, irrespective of your size.
- Damaged goods. If something in your closet has a large stain, hole, or tear on it, it’s time for that fabric to immediately be repurposed. Transform it this week into another item of clothing or cut it up into rags.
- The guilt sweater. Holding onto a piece of clothing out of guilt is a poor excuse for letting it clutter up your closet. Even if someone you love generously knit it for you by hand, if you don’t wear it, pass it on to someone who does. There are people in this world who desperately need clothing in really good condition. Instead of letting a sweater you don’t like or wear keep a hanger warm, pass it along to a charity that can give it to a person who needs it to stay warm.
If you have difficulty letting go of clothes, ask a friend to help you sort through your closet. Scientific research has found that if you touch an object, it can be more difficult to get rid of it. Have your friend hold up the piece of clothing for you to evaluate so the process will be as simple as possible.