With each changing of season I try to go through my clothes and evaluate what I’ve worn, what I haven’t worn, and what is worn out. I do this so I can either toss or donate my clothes.
Honestly though I’ve always struggled with being able to get rid of clothes. The thought of, “what if I want it one day” continues to holds me back. But then the item in question sits on the hanger or in my drawer and the fills the space for new and better pieces. Or worse, my closet gets so jammed up that I can’t see the great items that I DO have to wear.
Here were my thoughts when evaluating my closet:
- I have 20 pairs of jeans in my closet but I only wear five of them. I don’t give them away because what if I have to go horseback riding and I need a pair of grungy jeans?
- I have four pairs of tennis shoes but don’t want throw the old ones away because I may need them for gardening.
- I have too many t-shirts but I don’t want to get rid of them because of the sentimental thoughts that go along with them.
But here’s the truth:
- I haven’t gone horseback riding for over 10 years
- I only wear one pair of shoes to the gym
- I have a brown thumb
- Even if I throw away a t-shirt I’m not throwing the memory away!
Get a FREAKING grip Jaclyn!!
Seriously these were my thoughts and therefore would eliminate a few pieces from my closet each season, but really not enough to help at all.
UNTIL I saw this: (drum roll)
This changed my life. I’m not even exaggerating. It changed my life.
This past fall I went through my closet and with each article of clothing asked myself that question. I ended up giving away 3 trash bags full of clothing and one of shoes! It was a win-win. I got more room in my closet, I donated good clothes that someone else may want, and the donation was tax deductible. **side note don’t forget to ask for a donation receipt whenever you donate something to a thrift store.
So as spring approaches and you start to switch your closet from cold to warm, ask yourself the above question and it just may change your life.