Our closets tell the story of our busy lives – sportwear for spending more time at the gym, business lunches, romantic dinners, summer sandals, and winter boots. But our closets can also be a haven for abandoned clothing that no longer adds to our quality of life. Good reasons to weed your wardrobe in the New Year include the opportunity to reinvent yourself, become better organized, and get rid of items taking up space that could be put to better use.
New Year, New You
How did you end up with a wardrobe that is made up of neutrals when you love reds, blues, and purples? Why does your office wear include lots of skirts when you’re more comfortable in pants? You recently realized that small purses exasperate you – larger totes or a computer purse would be better. Reinvention goes beyond New Year resolutions. It’s the resolve to set a new course to change what is no longer acceptable in our lives.
It all starts with how we present ourselves to the world and what we wear. Weeding your closet will help you focus on what’s important to you now. It also is beneficial to our health and sense of well-being. Purging feels good. Psychological studies reveal that getting rid of physical things no longer useful to us makes us feel lighter, more confident, and peaceful.
More Space for the Things You Really Love
Be honest – you’re really not going to wear that bridesmaid’s dress ever again. Are there dresses, sweaters, blouses, and shoes from your college days you just can’t seem to part with? A closet shouldn’t store memories; it should hold everything you need. Only include articles of clothing that make you feel good. Weeding out what you no longer like, need, or use frees up more closet space for those things you really want to wear. It will also help you become better organized and spend less time looking for stuff.
Helping Someone Out
If you have clothes in your closet that don’t fit anymore or shoes that become uncomfortable to wear after an hour consider donating them. Many second-hand clothing stores are associated with nonprofits, charities and women’s shelters that provide clothes to homeless or marginalized women who have limited resources and are searching for a job. When you donate articles of clothing, after weeding your closet, you’re giving back to the community and making a positive impact on the lives of people who need a little help.
Bargain Shopper but You’d like to Change That
When the clothes in your closet still have price tags on them it’s probably a sign that you’re a bargain shopper and can’t bear to leave a great deal behind. But it’s not a deal if you’ve hardly worn it. Impulse buys, bargains, and inexpensive clothing can have a short shelf-life – often we’ve lost interest soon after we get them home. In the New Year cultivate the habit of selectiveness: choose quality clothing pieces you really love and want to wear for many fashion cycles.