Clothes carry energy, so it’s important to clear out anything that doesn’t help you feel good. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to throw out everything you own; it’s about learning what serves you best. I have found that I ask myself the same questions whenever I declutter, and I think they’ll help you too. Here are three questions you can ask to figure out when to keep your clothes, and when to donate them:
If I were shopping now, would I buy it? As the years go on, our styles change. Those jeans you loved at one time may have been your style four years ago, but are they your style now? Come to the understanding that even though you loved something at one time, you won’t always love it. Don’t keep something in your closet that you wouldn’t wear today. Your wardrobe should only be full of things you love and wear now. It opens up more options for you by knowing you love every item in your closet!
Are you only keeping it because it cost XX amount of money? We have all been there: we see a designer brand having a sale on shoes, we think we NEED to own those stilettos, and we buy them on an impulse. We have all also learned that even when a designer brand is having a sale, you are still likely spending hundreds of dollars on those shoes. Even though you thought you needed them at the time, they have been sitting in your closet for years because as it turns out, you don’t wear stilettos very often; and if you do, these shoes were possibly not the most comfortable. The truth of the matter is that the money is already spent, and there’s no getting it back. If you are not wearing the shoes (or whichever item it was that you purchased on a whim), donate them. You can give them to an organization, or even a friend or family member who has been eyeing and admiring them from afar since you bought them!
Do you own similar items that serve same purpose? There’s no reason to own five of the same thing when one does the job. Now if you have three red button down shirts, and you absolutely love them AND you wear them regularly, then they are clearly serving a purpose; and you must feel great wearing them or else you wouldn’t be wearing them so often. But if you own these three red button down shirts, and you only wear one of them to work occasionally, why keep the other two? Just because you aren’t using them, doesn’t mean there isn’t someone else out there who can benefit from and appreciate them just as much as you used to.
Looking for a place to donate? Check out your local shelters or churches and see if they are accepting donations. If you want to try to make some money from your clothes, try selling them on Poshmark. If you just want someone to take them from you, book one of my in person organizational services and I will take away any clothes you want to donate!