A simple organized clutter-free closet of clothes is so refreshing to me. I’m going to teach you how to purge your clothes using the 40 bags in 40 days method! I’m going to break this down into three easy steps.
You are going to start with two piles, a garbage pile, and a donation pile. (If you want to add a re-sell pile do this also, only if you are serious about reselling and plan to do it right away.)
How to Purge Your Clothes Using Three Easy Steps
First Step – The First Pass
Go through your closet and dresser drawers and purge what you know you do not want right away. Be ruthless! If you know for sure it doesn’t fit well or at all, has stains or holes, or you haven’t worn it in ages get it out of the closet. Sort it into garbage for clothes that have holes and stains, or donations.
If you have any empty hangers put them into the donate pile.
Second Step – Grouping
Instead of tearing the entire closet apart, and removing anything it is much easier to purge by grouping things together, and pulling out just one category.
T-shirts, dress tops, jeans, dress pants, dresses, skirts, socks, shoes, underwear, workout clothes, scarves. One group at a time and decide what you want to keep. And that’s the difficult part-see “Tips” below.
After you have made your decisions, put that particular category back into the closet or drawers.
Tips To Decide What To Keep When Purging Your Closet:
- Keep only what you actually wear.
- Keep only what fits. If there are maternity things etc, keep those in a separate section, container, or shelf.
- Keep only what is comfortable! Life is too short for uncomfortable clothes.
- If you have multiples of things (and not on purpose because you wear them often), choose one or two or three favorites and donate the rest.
- If you have received things or purchased things that you are not your “style” (what you love and feel comfortable wearing) donate them.
- If you have something you never wear but love, because you don’t have anything to go with it, decide what that thing is that you need in order to wear it. Maybe it’s a simple camisole you don’t own that keeps you from wearing multiple items of clothing, or a certain color of pants. If this need comes up again and again, then write down what that one item is and purchase it. If it comes up once, then the chances are you probably won’t search for or find that one item and the item you aren’t wearing is not worth saving.
Third Step – The Final Pass
Once you have every category purged, and put back, go back through everything once more. Maybe you decide that you don’t have the space to keep everything you want to and would rather have less things, and a clearer looking space-sometimes purging leads to more purging. Being able to see how wonderful it is to have only have what you love is the encouragement you need to embrace minimalism even more.
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