With spring well underway, we’ve all had our eyes on the season’s new collections. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have enough closet space to accommodate an entirely new wardrobe, so we need to result to the dreaded closet purge. The closet purge can be exciting, relieving, overwhelming, and stressful—all at the same time. Luckily, we’ve got some tips for getting the job down and freeing up some much needed closet space.
Lay It All Out
This may seem a bit daunting at first, and your clothes will certainly engulf a large part of your room, but dumping and laying out all of your clothes is an invaluable strategy. Not only does this tactic allow you to see how much closet and drawer space you really have, but you’ll realize how many clothes you have as well. You may even find some pieces you had forgotten about, as well as some that make you wonder, “What was I thinking?”
Once you have all your garments laid out, it will be much easier to sort through everything. The best way to proceed: Divide and conquer. Organize everything into categories of what you want to stash, save, and say goodbye to. Although we’re moving into warmer months, keep a jacket and a sweater (or two) around. Then, once you’ve decided what items to toss, you’ll be able to see what pieces you actually need to replace.
Follow the “One Year Rule”
Simply put: If you haven’t worn it in a year, then you probably won’t ever wear it. Garments like these may be pretty, but don’t be fooled – they’re simply taking up space. If the tag is still on it or if you can’t think of at least three ways to style it, it’s time to let it go and make room for something better.