September 11, 2018 | Barb Huntley
There’s nothing like a good closet purge to get you ready for a new season. Going through your closets and getting rid of clothes is something many of us do not do often enough. If you have a big closet with plenty of piles, you probably have many clothes you don’t realize exist.

The hardest part of purging your closet is deciding what you will get rid of. Many clothing items have sentimental value, or monetary value that you don’t want to part ways with. That’s understandable but it’s important to be realistic about your clothing items. If you haven’t worn in it the last two years what will make you suddenly decide to wear it?

Start with your basics. Denim, leggings, plain shirts, and sweaters. If there are any you haven’t worn in the last year or don’t fit you, it’s time to give them away. After you’ve gone through your basics look at your seasonal, trendy items. Can you imagine yourself wearing all of these items again during the next year’s season? Or, was this a purchase following a clothing trend, that you’ll likely never wear when the trends change? If you don’t feel comfortable putting it on and heading out in it RIGHT NOW, it probably won’t be a clothing item you wear again.

After you’ve gone through your clothes it’s time to clean up your shoe pile. Get rid of shoes that are so worn out they would hurt your feet or legs to walking. Any shoes that you haven’t worn in the last year, unless they are for special situation (hiking, water shoes, etc.) should be donated.

Purging your closet is great because you not only will feel good about decluttering and organizing, you are able to donate items in good condition to those in need. Goodwill and The Arc sell donated clothes at extremely low prices, so all can afford them. What are you waiting for? Head to your closet and let the purging process begin.


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