Is your closet a study in wardrobe history? Are you holding on to that sweater you were wearing when you met your partner? Or are you holding on to that skirt you regretfully bought, the one with the price tag still attached?
So many of the items we have in our homes are only there because we feel too guilty to get rid of them. However, by letting go of these items you are letting go of the negative emotions hanging around your space. There is actually a therapy element to cleaning out your closet.
“The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).”
The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).
While the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year (Huffington Post).
...and we regularly hear that only 20 percent of the clothes in the average person’s closet are worn on a regular basis.
4 Easy Tips To Clean Out Your Closet
So the real question to ask yourself is WHY? Why haven’t you worn the item? Most of the time it is because there is a similar item we like better. So why own both if you only wear one? Other times it’s because we plan to lose weight so it will fit again. While this can be an arguable point, we find most people actually enjoy shopping for new clothes when they reach their goal weight. Here’s a big one. You really don’t want to see the pile of clothes that still have a price tag attached.
REMOVE THE UNWORN
Today is “Wear Something Gaudy Day” - and it is the perfect day to pillage through your closet and remove the gaudy stuff. Start by removing the items you haven’t worn in the last year. Feeling really frisky? Remove items you haven’t worn in the last six months.
Make a donation bag, fill it, and immediately put it in your vehicle to drop off.
SORT WHAT REMAINS
Once you have removed the clutter from your closet, sort your clothes by type (dresses, long, short and sleeveless tops, pants, etc.). Store them together by type. Then sort each type by color using the ROYGBIV guide. Simple steps will make your house both functional and beautiful.
Pro tip: Turn your hangers around for the items you simply cannot make a decision about. If you haven’t worn it in the next 6 months then its out!
It is important to understand that this is a difficult process to do on your own. That’s why our teams are here to help. We understand how emotional and physical clutter work hand in hand, and the sooner you remove the things that no longer serve you the quicker you can get to what does.
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