At this point in the Season, a tower of opened gifts is probably sitting next to the tree crowding the living room with creased tissue papers and crushed bows. You have already exchanged presents with your loved ones and you have a few (or a lot, depending on how good you were this year!) new items to add to your wardrobe.
Now, where to store these new treasures when you have such limited closet real state? We sure love our new gifts, but we don’t want to deal with our exploding armoire (Even though the idea might sound exciting!). This is when the concept of the “Cycle of Clothing Life” comes into play.
As anything else in life, things have a life span. It is true that some items may last a long time, they might even claim to last forever, but the truth is only a few do. This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of those things you know they have to go. Especially, if some are similar to the ones you just received!
There are clothes that are hard to let go. I know you can sleep in your comfy jammies ‘till the end of times; Stretch the life of your high school sweatshirt into 10 more years; Or use your old gym shorts at home to watch a movie and crawl in the couch. Remember that all these are replaceable, despite the sentimentality or comfort factor.
If you got new pajamas, eliminate a few old ones. If your beau or BFF surprised you with new athletic gear, then throw out with the old and in with the new. If your co-worker kindly supplied you with Victoria’s Secret new splash fragrances, make some consensus and decide what to keep and what to toss.
Some of the items you own may still be in good shape, but have no usability anymore. What use does it make to have 7 white tees? You can put two or three away (depending on how often you use these) and give them to someone who needs them. There might be other things hanging around the house that could use a new owner.
I have compiled a small list of recommendations or rules you can apply if you want to keep your closet area neat and functional this Holiday Season.
1. Get rid of unused hangers. (If you live with your partner or share your closet space, you know what I’m talking about)
2. Eliminate all things that look faded, worn-out, or/ and stained.
3. Eradicate all items that lost their original fit and are now baggy instead of stretchy or fitted.
4. Remove all items that are no longer age appropriate. You know which ones!
5. Put a shopping bag on the side to put away pieces that are still in good shape, but that you no longer use or that you have too many of the same.
6. Do not stick to many “memory” items. Pick one or two and give away the rest.
7. If you see any clothes that need repair, take them out and place them in a tote next to the door. Next time you step out of the house take it with you to bring it to your tailor or your neighborhood alterations’ shop.
8. Remove all items that no longer fit due to weight change. Stay with what makes you look good now.
9. Place your new gifts in the closet where they belong. Don’t pile them in a stool or chair. Categorize them because they are now part of your wardrobe.
10. If you have expensive items that you no longer use, sell them online. (Amazon, Ebay, Threadflip, Craigslist, etc).
If you want to go the extra mile, take a moment with your new pieces and create several outfits. This will save you time later on and it will be fun.