Most of us have difficulty throwing things away because we try to avoid changes. Hoarding does not need to be as extreme as television shows display, but holding onto items that you no longer need is now considered hoarding. It can be tempting to throw everything away and start over when you are trying to clean out your closet. However, you do not need to do this because there is an art of throwing clothes away. Here are a few ideas you can use to help you clean out your closet.
Declutter around 20 Minutes per day
Decluttering can feel like an overwhelming task because there could be a lot of items to go through. This can make it an easy task to put off, but breaking down the decluttering into only 20 minutes of work per day makes it seem like a smaller task. Even if you only get through one area of your closet per day, you will still get the task done at some point. Every little step helps.
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Question Your Reasons for Keeping Items
When you are looking at keeping an item, you should ask why you are keeping it. Does the item make you happy? Do you wear the item at all and does it fit correctly? If you just think that you should keep it without having a good reason to do so, you may want to get rid of it. Moreover, throw away things that are connected to bad memories. Memories are a part of your mind so it can be very difficult to give away your sentimental items. Even if you give the items away, you will still have the memories of the person or the event.
Tackle the Maybes Later
When you are going through your items, you should make a pile of items that you ‘may’ need. Put them in a box and hide the items for about a month. If you have not used the items at least once in that month, you could understand that you no longer need those items.
Use Hangers to Find out What You Wear the Most
It can be hard to know what you are wearing when you have a closet full of clothing. The easiest way of finding out what you are wearing is to hang all of your clothing one ways at the start of the season. When you wear the item, turn the hanger around. At the end of the season, keep the clothing that you have worn and the pieces that you know you are going to wear the next season. Organise your wardrobe once and for all.
Make Money Off of Your Old Clothing
Clothing can be expensive so you may not want to give your whole closet away. There are many stores that will sell your clothing for you for a charge or on consignment. You can also sell your clothing online on yard sale, auction, or buy and sell sites.
Many times, holding onto items that you no longer need wastes space in your home and could be stressful for you. Throwing clothes away does not mean that you are putting your clothing in the trash. There are many charities that will take your old clothing and give it to those who need it.
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