When attempting to cull the clothes in our closets, we are often faced with many difficulties. We have doubts about whether we should get rid of certain items due to things like misplaced sentimental values, whether or not it may fit at some point, or the fact that we spent $$ on something and have yet to wear it.
Does it fit?
Unless you are in the process of rapidly losing or gaining weight(maybe around Thanksgiving?), or for further extenuating circumstances, get rid of these. It becomes unflattering and uncomfortable to wear clothes much too small or much too large.
Does it have stains?
It is commonplace to have a set of clothes that we wear while painting or mowing the lawn. If you have stained clothes that aren’t specifically for doing chores, or there is far more work clothes than work being done, it’s time to clean these out.
Do you wear it frequently?
More often than not, this will be a deciding factor for articles under speculation. According to the 80/20 rule, we tend to wear 20% of our wardrobe at least 80% of the time. For the most part, we all know what clothes tend to make the cut. The most comfortable, well-fitted, presentable clothes usually end up in this category.
Is this for special events?
Many of us work for employers that don’t require a suit and tie. Some may not require a button up or dress shoes, either. Though, for things of great importance that don’t happen frequently we may just need that suit and those dress shoes (i.e. Easter Sunday or the neighbor’s bar mitzvah). For that reason, it may be necessary to keep these things on hand. Note: If the ‘special event’ clothes don’t fit well, or won’t fit well in the near future, it may be worth setting these aside too.
Do you need 15 of these?
In all seriousness, duplicates are seldom necessary unless you are attempting to streamline your dressing process with like-clothing. The worry isn’t with the couple v-necks in the closet, but rather the 7 hoodies or young ladies with 12 little black dresses. Surely there is room for minimization here.
Does it bring you joy?
The one caveat to all of the previous questions is this one. Does the article bring you joy? Sure, the cozy sweater that grandma made for you might be a little big. You may not wear your 8-year-old tie-dye shirt often and the band tee that you’ve worn to every concert has a few stains or tears. But if they bring you joy and there isn’t an overabundance of these types, there is no reason to get rid of it. In the end, joy and happiness is what this is all about, right?
Have you minimized your wardrobe? What areas caused the most trouble? What clothes bring you the most joy? Please share in the comments.