Sometimes I have things I’ve been doing for years, that I realize y’all might be able to benefit from too. Case in point – today’s quick little tip! This special tip for how to pare down your closet is one that really has become second nature to me, but I don’t think I have ever shared! Not only does it make choosing clothes for each day easier, but it also helps me keep my closet from getting full of stuff I don’t like, clothes that don’t fit or things that I really don’t wear.
It’s so simple, but so helpful!
No further ado, here’s my idea for how to pare down your closet. After I wash my laundry I hang all of the clean clothes on hangers and put the clean clothes towards the back. Every item that comes clean out of the laundry, goes towards the back where it is hardest to reach or see. As I get dressed each morning, I only pull from the front of the closet.
When I plan my outfits for the week, I try to only pull from the clothes that are up in the front.
I know that if something always stays in the front, and if I keep passing it over to choose to wear other things, it must be something I don’t love, doesn’t fit, or I don’t feel comfortable in. What I’ve learned is that the things in the back always seem to be my favorite!
How does this help pare down your closet you might be wondering?
Every few months, I pull out the items in the front that I haven’t been wearing and ask myself, “Why haven’t I been wearing this?” “Do I not like it?” “Does this not fit well?” “Is this inappropriate?” Sometimes I have really cute shirts that I want to love, but it just hugs in the wrong places. Or maybe whenever I bend over, I realize it’s too tight or too short. Or sometimes there’s even looser shirts where the necklines gape open all the time. It helps to actually think about why you keep passing over items!
Let’s be real for a second – I don’t want anything to fall out while I’m bending over to pick up Cheerios.
As I choose what to wear each day, I make a conscious decision about the items in the front. “Should it stay or should it go now….!” (finish that song…). If it’s something I decide I’m not going to wear, and know I probably NEVER will, then I figure out how or where to get rid of it. Sometimes if it’s new with the tags – or in really good condition – I just send it to swap.com or try to sell on Facebook yard sales. Things that I bought used or aren’t in as good shape, I can donate to any number of places.
Sometimes there’s a piece of clothing that I paid a lot for, so I feel guilty getting rid of it.
But if you aren’t going to wear something, why not share it with someone who actually will?! When you pare down your closet, it just makes your life a little bit easier and less complicated. Having less closet clutter – whether it’s your closet, or your kids or your husband’s – actually makes life less stressful.
This simple and quick tip may just have your closet, your pocketbook, and maybe even your sanity, thanking you. You’re welcome. 🙂