Happy Clean Out Your Closet Week! Although the week is half-way thru, it's never too late to start cleaning things out. Whether you want to do a whole-closet makeover or just need to get a few things under control, it's always a good idea to start by considering what you need compared to what you have.
Here are some questions to ask to help you clean out your closet:
Does it still fit?
This is one of the most objective and yet still one of the hardest questions to address when you clean out your closet. If it's too tight to sit down in or you start to lose oxygen, it's an easy yes. At the same time, if it's an item you love, it can still be hard to let go. It also sometimes means admitting that you aren't the size you once were. Of course, the reverse may be true, and it's now too big, and you may want to hang onto it "just in case" you happen to put some weight back on. But if it doesn't fit you, it doesn't fit your closet! Don't hang on to reminders of what once was for those "just in case" scenarios. It takes up your mental & emotional space in addition to precious room in your closet!
Do I still wear it?
So you've determined that it still fits, but that doesn't mean it's something you still wear. Perhaps it's a fancy dress that reminds you of the event you attended, or an old, soft t-shirt from the summer camp you loved. If you don't find yourself wanting to put it on anymore, though, it may be time to remove it from your closet. You can serve someone else by donating that fancy dress, and you can serve yourself by clearing it out of your closet. There are also many options for repurposing clothes that you want to keep but don't wear, such as t-shirt quilts.
Do I still use it?
Obviously not every closet is for clothes, and all kinds of items can build up in your closets. You might have sheets you no longer use, or a vacuum cleaner that you've been meaning to get fixed. If your stuff isn't serving a purpose in your life (whether it's functional or aesthetic,) remove it from the closet and move on.
How many of these do I have?
Be honest. Do you need six flashlights? Or seven pairs of black pants? If you absolutely do, then great. Hang on to all of those pieces and make room for them in your closet. But if the honest answer is that you have more than you use or need, by all means get rid of the excess. By cleaning out the extra, you can create room for the unique things that you love, or just make some breathing room in your closet.
Is it really that easy to clean out your closet?
Of course there can be a lot of work involved in doing a full-on purge and reorganization of your closet, but it you find small steps you can make on a daily or weekly basis, you will be well on your way toward creating a functional closet space. And if you find that it's too hard to do it on your own, check out my Organize My Space service. Cleaning out closets is my favorite!
What are you going to clean out of your closet this week? Share in the comments!