Clean out your closet today (and start with these 10 items)
Few things seem more refreshing than a good spring cleaning, but that doesn’t mean a closet purge has to wait for a specific season. The real professionals of the organization reorganize their pantries, shelves and cupboards all year. Clean out your closet and feel the dead weight of unnecessary items floating around. There is no better feeling than letting go of things that no longer serve us and making room for novelty, literally and figuratively. It’s time to take off those faded swimsuits and to make room for this new hat you have watched.
Spend a Saturday cleaning the closet always sounds like a great idea, but it’s easy to be left confused once you’re there. But don’t worry, because we’re here to help – and once the action starts, you’ll be on your way. Drop your favorite jams, grab a cup of tea (or hey, a mimosa) on the nearest flat surface, and tackle the Tower of Terror in your closet.
Shoes that don’t fit after pregnancy? It’s time to let go of the fantasy that your feet will one day shrink. It’s tragic, we know! The dingy pile of bras you can’t bring yourself to toss? It’s time to say goodbye to them. You can do it and you will feel so good. You will be amazed at how much brain space opens up once you clean your closet.
Get off to a good start with the 10 things in your closet that you need to get rid of right now, and make room for some fresh new pieces to brighten up your room. wardrobe and spirits!
Anything you haven’t worn in the past year
Take a close look at any items you haven’t worn in the past twelve months. If it’s not a specialty item (ski wear, evening wear, etc.), there’s a good chance you’ll never wear it again. Consider throwing or giving away anything you haven’t worn in the past year – your wardrobe will thank you for it.
Shoes that hurt
Oh super cute, ill-fitting shoes, why can’t we leave you? When will we ever learn that you always ruin a perfectly fun night? Dating habits aside, get rid of those T-strap heels and start living a happier life.
We’ve all been there. Keeping an unworn dress season after season, just because it’s too expensive to throw away – it hurts. If you didn’t force yourself to wear it now, you just aren’t going to. Forgive yourself. Learn. And give this outfit to someone who will be delighted to have a designer piece of clothing never worn or to make money by listing it on eBay, Depop, Poshmark or Vestaire Collective.
Books, electronics, magazines, etc.
Okay, so I’m not saying get rid of these things. I just suggest you get them outside from your closet. Your wardrobe will feel more organized and serene when it is totally dedicated to your wardrobe, and you will probably enjoy your books and magazines more when they are in a more accessible location in your home.
Seasonal items that you (almost) never wear
It’s the ski goggles, tap shoes, jumpsuits, costumes and other nonsense that take up space in your closet. You might not want to get rid of them, but they certainly don’t require daily accessibility. Consider moving these items to an attic, basement, storage unit, or other out-of-the-way area to make more space in your closet for everyday things.
Bras with folded hooks or underwire
This actually goes for all your broken down underwear. Get rid of anything technically awkward and improve yourself with new parts. You deserve to feel good.
Do you know that pretty designer dress you borrowed for your last destination wedding? Your best friend probably wants it back, and preferably before the end of the year. Be courteous and prompt about washing and returning borrowed clothing. This is how you can borrow again!
One of the simplest things you can do to dress up your wardrobe and feel like a certified adult is to switch to wooden hangers They are actually not that expensive and can make your wardrobe look so luxurious. Pro tip: I find my wooden hangers double as a volume control point – when I run out of hangers it’s time to clean and purge some stuff.
The things that don’t match
I know how it goes. I’m currently looking at a dress that I bought on super sale last year that is three sizes too big with the intention of changing it. Spoiler alert: I’ve never done it. Flash info: it will not happen. Give this dress the life it deserves and give it to someone who will wear it and love it, or sell it!
This article was originally published on September 8, 2020 and has since been updated.