You’re human, therefore, you have a lot of clothes. You might love to wear different outfits, to try on new things, to get new clothes, and that’s great. But guess what? All of those clothes are probably clogging up more than your closet.
They are quite possibly clogging up your mind as well. Having lots and lots of clothes causes you more stress than you realize. When you look in your closet and see that it is packed full, that weighs on your brain in the same way that an empty closet would.
In addition, when you have to cram your socks into the dresser drawer so that they all fit, something’s not right.
While it’s a great feeling to have a lot of different things to wear, the downsides are often greater than the benefit. After all, when was the last time you wore some of those outfits? A year, two years, longer?
In fact, the majority of people alternate between the same eight to ten sets of clothing. The rest is simply worn on occasion or to special events.
If you are similar to the rest of humanity, and you most likely are, then it is time for you to take a good look at your closets and determine whether or not you really need some of that clothing.
In an effort to help persuade you that cleaning out your closets is something that needs to be done, here are some of the reasons that support the work you are about to do.
When you have a lot of clothes, you have a lot more decisions to make when you need to decide what you are going to wear in the morning. This adds unnecessary stress to your life.
Humans have a limited capacity to make decisions, and the more choices they have to make the worse they become at making them. Why do you think it is that so many companies, organizations, and businesses provide uniforms to their employees?
Not only do uniforms give off an air of professionalism, intimidation, and power, they also help to simplify the lives of the employees.
Think about it, would you allow your 4-year-old child to choose what he or she is going to wear for the day from their entire wardrobe, or would you set out a few different things and have them choose from those?
Choices are easier to make when there are fewer options from which to choose. Simplify your life and reduce the strain of having to choose from so many clothes.
In addition to having too much to choose from, having an abundance of clothing will also mean that you have an abundance of laundry. This is a negative in so many ways that this article can’t even mention them all.
For starters, if you have so many clothes that you never need to do laundry then you will have piles and piles of dirty laundry that you never have the incentive to do. This is because you have so many clothes that you don’t need to wash the dirty clothes.
Not only will this add clutter to your house, it is also very unsanitary and is hazardous to your health and well being.
On the other hand, if you keep up with your laundry, then you will be washing clothes all of the time. This is an expense that could potentially be avoided. However, if you are constantly washing clothes, then that means you are most likely only wearing a few outfits in your wardrobe.
That means you don’t really need all of those clean clothes that are hanging in your closet since you aren’t wearing them. If they aren’t getting any use, then it is time for you to pass them on to someone who can, and will, use them.
Another disadvantage of having a full closet and dresser is that if, or when, you get new clothes, you don’t have a place to put them. You will find yourself having to cram new clothing into a drawer or having to make a place to hang it up.
This is an unnecessary stress that you don’t want to have to deal with when getting new clothing. It kind of takes the fun out of getting new things to wear. If you have to think about where to put something after getting it, then you definitely have too much stuff.
As you can see, the extra work that is involved in keeping your clothes in order causes you a lot of mental strain. It is something that will always be on your mind. Every time you look for something to wear, you will see the cluttered mess in your closet and every time you get something new, you will have to figure out where to put it.
The key is to take that cluttered mess and turn it into something that is neat, organized, and appealing to the eye. After all, would you be comfortable letting visitors, company, and house guests see the insides of your closets? Probably not.
The solution to this problem is to reduce the amount of clothes you keep and organize what remains. You’ll find that you will be better dressed, faster at getting ready in the morning, and feeling far less stressed! However, this is easier said than done. That’s why the next section of this article is going to tell you how you can get rid of your clothes.
How to Get Rid of Your Clothes
The thought of getting rid of your clothing is something that is hard to swallow. After all, you may think to yourself that some of these clothes are really nice. You may believe that you will wear it someday. Or you may have memories associated with that garment.
However, if you haven’t worn it in the last six months, and it isn’t some form of special occasion attire, like a suit or dress, get rid of it. In order to decide what stays and what goes, you need a system.
You need to go through everything with a step-by-step method, a systematic approach. This way, it will go much faster and you will feel less stressed out and overwhelmed. Fortunately, an excellent system is provided for you below. Simply follow it, and your closets will be as good as cleaned!
The first thing you need to do is to break your clothing down by category. This means that you will go through one category of clothing at a time. For example, start with all of your shirts, then the pants, socks, jackets, shoes, so on and so forth until you have gone through all of your clothing.
Pick up each item and try to think of how often you wear it, when you wore it last, and if you are likely to wear it again. Make one pile to keep and one pile to get rid of.
Decide whether or not you are going to try and sell your old clothing. If you are, then you need to have a third pile for the clothing that is too damaged to sell. If you are planning on selling your clothing, then you may want to have a roll of masking tape and a marker nearby so that you can price and size the clothing as you pile it up.
That way things will go much faster when you go to sell it. Remember to price it cheap. Your goal is to get rid of it, not hang onto it until someone pays you what you believe it is worth. After all, it isn’t worth much, because it isn’t in the store anymore.
Another option would be to bring all of your clothes to a consignment store. Then they will sell them for you and give you a percentage. This may be a great option for you because it will save you the time and hassle of pricing everything and having a sale.
If anything is too damaged to sell, you can tell them to donate it somewhere else. It’s up to you, but remember, your goal is to clear out your closets. Therefore, don’t make a big deal about doing it. Keep it simple, and clean.
Rather than trying to make a big production out of trying to sell your clothing so you can make a few hundred dollars, let it go so it is out of your life. Remember that your time is worth something, and how much time would you spend trying to sell all of that?
Likely more time than it’s worth.
Once you have sorted through all of your clothes and other accessories. You need to organize everything that remains. This can also be a huge task depending on your situation. If you have everything out of the closets and on the floor then you need to completely organize your entire closet.
This is excellent because now you can start fresh. However, if you put categories of clothing back once you have sorted them, then you may not need much organization. In either case, the next section will help you with organizing your closets.
How To Organize Your Clothing
The whole point of taking things out of your closets and getting rid of clothing is to make your closet more organized. Your goal is to have a nice, clean, neat, and organized closet. Therefore, it is essential that whatever you put back into the closets, you do so in an organized fashion.
That means you need to do more than simply hang up all of your clothing. You need to invest in some shelving or some sort of closet organization system. There are an endless supply of options available and finding one that you like will definitely take some research.
Take a look at them and decide what will work best for you. Then wait for it to arrive and set it up. When you place your clothing in your closet there are several things that you need to consider.
Yes, you want to hang some of the clothing. Perhaps the clothing you wear most often and the clothing that you don’t want to wrinkle. However, the other clothing, like socks, underwear, t-shirts, et cetera can simply be placed in a drawer, on a shelf, or in a basket.
In addition, when folding your clothes, consider using a different method such as rolling your shirts, or sideways folding. This way you can see many of your shirts when you open the drawer instead of seeing only the top shirt. This will not only help organize your clothing, but it will also help you to find what you want much more quickly.
You also want to make sure that you leave some space for the dirty clothing that you need to wash. A great thing to use for this is a clothes hamper that you keep in your closet. Then, when the hamper is full, take it to the washer and dump it in.
If you don’t have a hamper, then maybe you can use a laundry basket or a hanging net laundry bag. Use anything that will neatly store your dirty laundry. The key is to make sure that when your container is full, you wash your clothing.
Organizing your closet and keeping your dirty laundry under control will make a big difference in your life. You will be more productive, happier, have less stress, and be able to get ready for the day much faster than if you had a mess of a closet.
Therefore, make the time and take the effort to clean your closets today!