Cross It Off The List: Paring Down Your Clothes

Cross It Off The List: Paring Down Your Clothes

Beth Zeigler
May 18, 2010

Just last week we gave you a long list of places that will take your unwanted clothes (some will even pick up your piles making the purge effortless). We also wowed you with a handful of inspirational closets--giving you a little more incentive to organize your space. But if you still need some help check out our tips for paring down, after the jump.

Wear the other 80% It's a little known fact that we only wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Once your favorite clothes (aka as the 20%) are all dirty--wear the clothes you rarely reach for. If you decide you really don't like the remaining threads, it's time to donate.
Try your clothes on We're willing to bet you have a handful of clothes that probably no longer fit properly. Try on the clothes you haven't worn in a while and decide once and for all--will they stay or will they go?!
Host a clothing swap A clothing swap is a great idea for those of us that have trouble parting with our threads (even if we don't ever wear them). Sharing the items with friends makes everyone feel like they're giving the clothes a new lease on life (which is refreshing).

Once you've purged, it's important to maintain and keep it organized.

Stay away from magazines We just got back from a trip and picked up some magazines for reading on the flight. We definitely felt a stronger than normal desire to go shopping and/or make a mental list of items we'd like to own.
Set boundaries Your closet is a fixed amount of space. Decide how many items fit (while still giving you room to breathe) and stick to it.
Set rules When you bring an item of clothing home after a trip to the mall, donate a shirt or pair of pants (aka one in, one out). Also, try and purge your closet before it gets cluttered by organizing at least two times a year (Spring and Fall).

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