It's a new year and a chance to clean out the old from last year [literally and figuratively]! Time to clean out that closet! How many times have you passed over that top that top you never wear or that pair of jeans that "someday they'll fit." It's time for your closet to have pieces you love and can wear now! Wether you want to create the capsule wardrobe of your dreams or just need a quick once over. Here are a five tips on what to clear out first.
1. Clothes that are too big or too small for you.
Yes, you love that dress from three summers ago, but it just doesn't fit like it used to, right? Just because you loved it at one time doesn't mean it needs to be held onto forever. You want a closet full of clothes that you can wear now. If an item is too big or too small and can't be altered so you can wear it again? Time to donate. If it's in good condition? Sell it online.
2. That expensive piece that you never wear.
We've all done it. Bought a VERY expensive jacket or dress only to find you actually have nowhere to wear it or it doesn't fit exactly like you thought it would. It's just collecting dust in the back of your closet but you feel guilty getting rid of it because of the price tag? It's ok. We give you permission to let it go.
3. The Six Month Rule.
As you can probably guess. If you haven't worn it in six months? It's probably time to say goodbye. If six months seems a little harsh, then at least follow the year rule. If you are staring at an item you haven't worn in a year then it is absolutely time to part ways. Need a little help deciding? Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Why haven't I worn it? Does it still fit? Is there damage to it? Do I still love it?
4. Remove the Freebies.
Kind of like the expensive dress collecting dust in the depths of your closet, freebies are doing the same. You probably have it because well, it was free! Trust us, you don't need 12 tote bags. Pair down to what you actually use and donate the rest.
5. The broken gems you haven't fixed.
If you have had a piece in your closet that needs "fixed" for more than six weeks, it is safe to say you aren't ever going to get it fixed. If this has your heart racing thinking "I will get it fixed!" DO IT! Make the appointment know, drop off the dress to be hemmed or the jacket for new buttons. If you don't fix it now, it's just wasting precious space in your closet.
If you are not sure on where to donate clothes. Goodwill is a great option. Link for those in the Jacksonville area: http://goodwilljax.org/
Hope these tips helped! Let us know if you have any other ideas, tips or tricks to cleaning and organizing your closet. Let's go 2021!
Fig & Willow