As we continue the 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit series, we have one more habit that relates to our clothes…
31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit – Habit 6
Evaluate and Eliminate Clothing Daily
Have you ever looked at your jam-packed closet and said to yourself, “I have nothing to wear!”
If so, you’re not alone!
There are all too many people who have closets full of clothing that don’t fit, don’t look great on them, don’t coordinate with anything else they own, needs to be hemmed, altered, etc. Instead of looking and feeling great in their clothes every day, they hang on to old clothing. Sometimes it’s for for sentimental value. Other times it’s because there’s a glimmer of hope that they’ll one day fit again.
My husband and I have a motto: Evaluate and Eliminate. We usually say this in reference to our daily priorities and schedules. But today, I think it can apply to our closets!
Habit 6 is a challenge to evaluate your clothing daily…and then eliminate often.
Here are some guidelines to follow when determining what to eliminate.
First, get 2 small boxes to put in the bottom of your closet and label them “donate” and “alterations.” Then ask yourself the following questions when picking out your outfit each morning:
- Does the clothing make you look and feel great?
- Is it in good shape?
If you answered “no” to either of those questions, put in a sell or donate box.
- Does it need to be altered?
If you answered yes, then immediately put in the alterations box and schedule a time to alter.
- Do you need something to complete the outfit?
If you answered yes, then immediately take note of what you need to purchase on your next shopping trip.
I’m personally in the process of streamlining the amount of clothing I own because it just seems ridiculous to own a closet full of blah clothing. If I’m going to have something taking up valuable space it my home, I want it to serve a unique purpose. So, my goal is to have every piece of clothing I own make me feel fantastic.
What about you? How do you feel about the clothing you own? Do you have too much? Too little? The perfect amount?