My clients sometimes tell me "your house must be perfect". I always answer, I have 2 kids who never put anything away, a full time job and I love to play tennis. So no my house is not always in order and it is far from perfect. However with regular maintenance, it never has to become a problem.
My closet was an area I hadn't done in a long time and it had progressively become a little too full of clothes that I don't really wear or enjoy and a little too messy. It is not a big closet so it was time for me to throw away and donate.
Every year, at the end of the school year, I go through my kids clothes and take out what's too small and replace with larger sizes. But the task is a lot harder when the items still fit you. So how to choose what to keep, what to donate?
1- Clothing that don't fit anymore, too big or too small..
2- Anything that has the elastic that has stretched.
3- Anything broken or stained needs to be fixed or thrown away.
4- Shoes that hurt your feet or clothes that are uncomfortable to wear.
5- Anything you never wear, and always put back on the hanger when you try them on.
6- Anything that doesn't make you look good or is not flattering.
During the year, when buying new clothes follow the one in, one out rule. Always get rid of an equal amount of existing clothes so your closet is never too full. Clean out annually. Do one section at a time.
And if you truly want to break the cycle of overstuffed closets confine your shopping to things you need, not just want.
In the end, I got rid of a fair amount of clothes, and threw away a few pairs of shoes. I put my skirts with the hanger backward to see which one I actually wear. If I don't wear them this summer, I never will.
To finish what I started I need the dry cleaner, consignment store and donation center, day 19th.