Tip #2 of our 10 Tips we will be providing over the next few weeks.
2) When evaluating an item, ask yourself have I used it in the last year, do I really need it or does it bring me great pleasure?
Have I used it?
Let’s take closets for a starting point…if you are honest with yourself, there are probably some articles of clothing that have been there for at least 5 years and are just collecting dust and taking up valuable space.
- If you haven’t worn it in the past year, you should seriously consider donating it.
- Turn the hangars backwards after you wear an item, and at the end of a year you’ll have a good picture of what you have used and what should be considered for donating.
- If it is the wrong size, you should consider getting rid of it.
- If it’s torn or needs a button, pull it out and get it fixed. Don’t let it just sit in your closet unable to be worn.
- If it’s stained, throw it out.
Do I really need it?
This helps when trying to clear the clutter, but it even makes more sense when you evaluate purchasing something new. Save yourself some money and ask yourself, if you really need another pair of black pants before you buy them!
Does it bring me great pleasure?
This has more to do with other belongings outside of your wardrobe. When you bring your grandmother’s china out every Christmas and use it on special occasions it is bringing you joy, but if it’s stored in the attic because she gave it to you and you feel guilty getting rid of it, that is an entirely different scenario. Recognize the difference between collections that bring you joy and clutter.
Be honest with yourself when evaluating your clutter.