2016 has been the year that I have removed anything and everything from my life. I don’t want to say that I have gone full-blown minimalist, but I have been actively trying to remove items from my life every single month. Since the beginning of the year, I have gotten rid of more than half of my closet. If you count clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, etc., I have easily donated more than 500 pieces altogether.
This is really says a lot about how badly I needed to make a change in my life; and I couldn’t be happier with the progress I have made this year. That’s why I’m sharing 10 things you can remove from your closet right now, so that you can add a little bliss back to your closet and life!
1| Anything That Doesn’t Bring You Joy
There are several things hanging in your closet right now that you don’t love. These are the first items you need to remove from your closet as soon as possible. Why waste space in your closet on items that you truly don’t love and enjoy wearing? Either donate these pieces to charity or give it to a friend who will use it.
2| Anything That Doesn’t Fit Your Body
I used to have a bag that was essentially for clothes that, “If I lost 15 more pounds this will *maybe* fit.” Yes, I’m serious. I was that convinced that I needed to keep those pieces of clothing because they might fit again some day. The reality is that my body when I was 15 years old is completely different than my body at 22 years old. And that’s okay! Donate or sell the items that don’t fit.
3| Anything That Doesn’t Fit Your Style
I’ve been changing my personal style more and more throughout 2016. I’ve been removing more trendy, bright-colored pieces and focusing more on purchasing neutral colors that can be paired with several outfits. If you’re in the process of changing your style, remove anything that doesn’t fit your current style or the style you hope to have.
4| Anything You Haven’t Worn in a Year
My tip for you is to place all your hangers on your closet rack facing backwards. Every time you wear an item from your closet, flip the hanger around the proper way to show that you’ve worn that item. When a year is up, anything you haven’t worn that year—toss it, donate it or sell it. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it again.
5| Anything That’s Damaged
I had a skirt hanging in my closet for well over a year that was ripped at the seam that I never fixed or replaced. It was actually so long that I wore it completely forgetting that it was damaged to begin with. If you know you’re not going to repair the item, you may as well toss it out because you won’t wear it unless it’s fixed.
6| Anything You Wouldn’t Repurchase
This is a question I have asked myself more and more that I’ve been going through my closet every few months. “Would I repurchase this item if I was out shopping today?” I can’t tell you how many dresses and shoes I have donated due to this question. Maybe two years ago, that romper was perfect for your lifestyle and now it’s not. That’s okay! As long as you’re being honest about your answers in the process.
7| Anything That Makes You Feel Bad About Your Appearance
You know the skirt that isn’t flattering or the top that makes you feel uncomfortable if you’re not sitting perfectly? Whatever the case may be, donate, sell or toss any item that doesn’t make you feel your very best when you wear it. It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that you wear.
8| Anything You’re Keeping For Sentimental Reasons
I kept a Bridesmaid dress I wore for my sister’s wedding back in 2009. Yes, 2009. I knew very well that I was never going to wear this dress again, but yet I kept it because I felt bad about getting rid of it. “But it was my sister’s wedding!?” Let’s be honest, no one is going to have hard feelings because you donated a dress you wore seven years ago. When it doubt, donate it.
9| Anything That Isn’t Useful
Have you ever kept a box or bag of items that simply don’t serve a purpose in your daily life? For example, I had a pair of heels that simply weren’t useful for pairing with outfits or fitting to my personal style. Yet I kept them because there wasn’t anything wrong with them. If it’s not useful for your style and life, get rid of it.
10| Anything Not Worth Keeping
After you cycle through all of the questions above, ask yourself, “Is this worth keeping?” Meaning: is it in your best interest to keep this item. If not, consider selling or donating it to someone who will find it worthy of keeping in their closet. Don’t feel guilty if you’re getting rid of pieces for this reason. At least you’re being honest with yourself about what you want in your closet.
What would you add to this list? What have you removed from your closet recently? Make sure to leave a comment below!