You should love all the clothes in your closet.
All the stuff that you feel blah about is blocking you from seeing all the stuff you like! I shared this picture on Instagram, and you agreed: you want a party in your closet!
Let’s Make it Easy
If you’re having a tough time trimming down your closet because the decisions just seem too hard, make it easy on yourself with my hanger trick. Find out how many of the clothes in your closet you really wear!
Try this trick:
Turn all of the hangers in your closet backwards. As you wear clothes and put them away, put the hangers in the regular way. At the end of the season, it will be clear to you what clothes you actually wear.
When winter comes, donate or sell the summer clothes you never wore. You’ll easily know which ones you don’t wear, because the hanger will still be backwards.
When It’s Time To Let Go, Let Go
You may be tempted to keep unused clothes at the end of the season.
Tempting thought: you may lose weight and be able to wear them again.
My response: when you lose weight, you will want to buy new clothes! Styles change, you may not like the stuff you’re keeping in case when you loose the weight!
Tempting thought: you may gain weight back and you don’t want to re-buy all of those fat clothes.
My response: keeping around the bigger sizes gives your sub-conscience permission to regain the weight.
Tempting thought: I spent a lot of money on this, I feel guilty that I never really liked wearing it.
My response: do not keep punishing yourself for a past mistake! Let go of the item and let go of the guilt.
Tempting thought: I’ll save this for my children to wear or it would make a great costume.
My response: really? Do you really want to wear your mom’s old clothes?
There is one exception – maternity clothes. If you are still in the baby-making mode, you may want to store these at the back of the closet in a bin (canvas with cedar inserts will keep your clothes freshest). Still, only store your favorites because you will want a few new pieces with another pregnancy anyway.
BUT, if you’re unsure about having more babies or it could be YEARS, consider purging the maternity clothes. Donated maternity items are appreciated! Someone will get good use out of them and you’ll get new choices if you happen to need some. Win-win.
^ The picture above is a bin from Amazon most similar to the one I use.
My Husbands T-Shirt Bin
My husband has a love of t-shirts of his favorite football team. Seriously, his t-shirt section in his closet is one color because they are all from one team. These are the t-shirts he wears 7 days a week, even if it is just changing out of work/church clothes at the end of the day. He wears them so much that they get worn out and he gets new ones. These shirts could TAKE OVER our house (or that’s how it used to feel).
I bought a linen zipped-close container with cedar inserts for his favorites-I-can-no-longer-stand-to-see. He can keep all the t-shirts in good condition hanging up, but once a t-shirt becomes too worn or there are just too many hanging in his t-shirt section, he gets to make a choice: let it go or give it a spot in the t-shirt bin. The bin is so full that at this point he would have to REMOVE something to fit something else. He accepted the need for a boundary. When people love to collect something, it can get out of hand, which is why collections need boundaries.
This bin has helped us remove A LOT of t-shirts because they don’t fit. And he is happy because he has his old favorites still … and we are ready if someone creates a museum in his honor one day.
More tempting thoughts? Go ahead and try me out. Leave a comment below of your favorite excuse not to get rid of unused clothes.
What do you think? Pretty easy, right?