Your girl loves clothes, so a closet cleanup is necessary from time to time. Wanna know what I do to make the whole process smoother?
It’s pretty simple actually.
I started to clean out my closet more often because I was getting things I was truly falling in love with, and I wanted to check myself when it came to the amount of clothes I had. I just don’t like having too much. It’s overwhelming.
I found it interesting that Green America says, “The EPA reports that Americans generate 16 million tons of textile waste a year, equaling just over six percent of total municipal waste (for context, plastics make up 13 percent of our waste stream). On average, 700,000 tons of used clothing gets exported overseas and 2.5 million tons of clothing are recycled. But over three million tons are incinerated, and a staggering 10 million tons get sent to landfills.”
These statistics made me seriously choose to donate instead of simply throwing things away.
I go by three personal rules when I’m cleaning out my closet.
- If it doesn’t fit properly, goodbye! We all hope to fit into that favorite pair of jeans again someday, but the truth is our bodies are going to constantly change as we age. Life happens. Aging happens. It’s inevitable. Don’t hang onto clutter when it’s not even usable – someone else can give those jeans some love!
- If it’s not my style, goodbye! Styles change and so do our personal preferences. I think it’s totally okay to donate something if you just don’t vibe with it anymore.
- If I haven’t worn it in a year, goodbye! The pandemic screwed us all when it came to this, but as we slowly “return to normal” be sure to pay attention to what you’re actually wearing. If you haven’t worn something in your closet for the past year, there’s a reason for it. Goodbye!
Did you find these rules helpful? What rules do you use when you’re cleaning out your closet?