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How to decide to get rid of old clothes

Updated on June 23, 2011

Old Clothes piling up in the closet

Let's face it, all of us are holding on to clothes and accessories that are causing more clutter than good. If you're a high octane shopper, your closet may be filled with new items that have never been worn. Or, you may be you're a holding on to the past type person that is keeping an entire wardrobe of skinny clothes for when you get back to your high school weight. You may be the sentimental type that's holding on to clothes that were gifts or a loved ones that past away or even maybe all your old maternity clothes that are just too good to give a way.

Get over it! One of the best things you can do for your closet and your health is to get rid of clothes that you'll no longer wear. Use one simple rule to determine if you should keep clothes or not. If it's hasn't been worn or used in a year, give it away. Give it to a friend, give it to a shelter, just get it out of your closet and out of your house. No sticking it in the garage. It has to go!

Here is the simple step of how to go through your clothes to clean out that over stuffed, cluttered mess you call a closet. Take each item out one by one. Decide to keep the item or give it away. Anything you decide to keep, put a sticker on it with a date. When you use the item, remove the sticker. Twelve months from now, go back through your closet. Anything with a sticker still on it has to go. This includes shoes, purses, belts, scarves, suits, jackets, shirts, skirts, pants. If it's in there it gets a sticker.

The shocking thing is most people use less than half the stuff in there closet (source: me and my wife). If you have a pack rat that is stuffing their closet and hording junk, while you can't just go in there and throw stuff out, at least not half of it without them noticing, you can go in and put stickers on everything. WARNING: This may make them very angry and they'll resent you and possibly hate you for the passive aggressive behavior. At the end of twelve months, you will easily be able to demonstrate to them that they are keeping way to much junk that they never use.


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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Very interesting idea about the stickers! Thanks for sharing, and for your honesty about people's reactions. It is for our own good to be honest about what our situations are like this. No need to hold on to things, when we could be enjoying our living space more in our homes.