It can be difficult to get rid of things that we have spent our hard earned money on. That may be why so many of us have overflowing closets and wardrobes full of clothes that we no longer wear, or in some cases even fit. Here are a few tips on how to successfully purge your closet this fall.
First, start sorting your clothes into piles of ones that you wear versus those that you haven’t wore in the last year. Just go with your gut and don’t overthink it. Next, go through each piece in the pile you haven’t worn in a year, and ask yourself does it make you feel good? Is this a piece that complements you well? If not, it’s time to get rid of it.
Not sure if you are ready to part with a piece. Is it something you will wear again? Is it a piece you have worn in the last six months? Many times we find ourselves buying a dress for a special occasion only to never wear it again. However, if you paired it with a nice cardigan would it be something you could wear to work? Think it through and if it’s something that may work in the future, and it makes you feel good hold on to it. If you are just holding on to it in hopes that you will wear it again once you lose weight, or get invited to a fancy party, it’s time to part with it.
Another way to determine if it’s time to get rid of a piece of clothing is to inspect it thoroughly. If it shows signs of aging, has fading, or is no longer flattering it’s time to let it go. Clothing that is high maintenance such as requiring hand washing or dry cleaning should be purged if they have not been worn in the last year.
Things of sentimental value should be held on to. You may not wear that old varsity-letter jacket, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be purged. If a piece of clothing has sentimental value to you hold on to it. There is nothing worse than getting rid of something of sentimental value only to regret it later.
Once you are done choosing which pieces of clothes you will keep and toss, sort them into two piles, one for those that need to be thrown out and one to donate.
Now that your closet is free of clothing that you don’t wear, you have plenty of space to welcome in the new fall fashions.
Rockaway Beach cleanup is this Saturday, October 1st, starting at 9:00am. Meet at the north parking lot in the corner by the Best Western hotel. Bags and gloves will be provided, but please bring your own bucket. More details about the event can be found here.
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