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Here’s a question for you: does it still count as spring cleaning if it doesn’t happen until July? Because that’s where I’m at. While most of my spring cleaning tasks got crossed off without any problems I had a hard time getting around to cleaning out my closet. It may have taken me a few months, but here I am finally getting around to it. And I am happy to report that the purging is well under way! So if you’re in the same boat as me and find yourself struggling with letting some of your favorite pieces go, here are 5 questions to ask when cleaning out your closet to help you get through it.
- When was the last time you wore it? If you honestly can’t remember or you’re having to think past a year it’s time to consider letting it go. If you haven’t worn it since chances aren’t looking too good that you’ll be wearing it again anytime soon.
- Will you really wear it again…REALLY? Time to brutally honest with yourself: as you look at that halter top from spring break of ‘05, are you really going to wear it again? While your closet may have pieces filled with sentimental value it’s time to decide whether it’s worth holding onto or if it’s time to consider letting it go.
- Does it still fit? We’re all guilty of it. Holding onto pieces that if we could just lose those last five pounds you could squeeze back into it. But let’s be honest, if you could, would you rather wear something you used to wear or reward yourself with something new. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather reward myself with something new after working my tail off to lose some weight.
- If there’s damage, is it fixable (and are you really ever going to get around to fixing it)? If it’s not fixable, pitch it. No one looks cute in damaged clothing. If it is fixable, but you know yourself well enough to know you’ll never get around to fixing it, it’s definitely looking like it’s time to let it go.
- If you knew someone else would get more wear or enjoyment out of your piece, would you still want to hold onto it? This is the question that can usually get me to let pieces go that I really struggle with. Knowing that someone else might get a lot more enjoyment out of a piece that has just been collecting dust in my closet for too long can usually motivate me to let pieces go. Consider donating to your local Goodwill or requesting a kit from ThredUp.
While cleaning out your closet isn’t always easy it’s definitely something that needs to be done. Asking yourself these 5 questions will hopefully help take away some of the sting during the process. Even while I’m typing this and going through these questions in my mind I can think of a few more pieces in my closet I could part with. So make your pitch, donate and sell piles and get to purging!