How many clothes are too many : 10 Rules You Need to Know

How many clothes are too many !!


#1. Have I worn this garment in the past year (exclude the Covid year)
If the answer is NO, donate.

There is no reason to keep clothes that haven’t been worn in a year or more. By **DONATE**, I mean give it to your friend, sibling, a family member who is of a similar size or even to someone who may NEED it more than you.

#2. Does this garment fit me today?
If the answer is NO, donate.

Letting go of clothes that are too small or too large may be difficult, but they aren’t doing you any good to hold onto them. They are just cluttering your wardrobe. Besides, how much happier will you feel every morning when you open your clothes to view only clothes that fit! Only keep clothes that fit you today.

#3. Does this garment fit My lifestyle?
If the answer is NO, donate.

We go through many changes in life: high school, college, career, raising a family, working from home, and retirement. With all of those life changes, your wardrobe will also change.

For example, you may have been a student, and now you have a career. There are some clothes you probably still wear on the weekends, but I bet there are many clothes you no longer wear.

#4. Is the garment in good condition?
If the answer is no, donate.

Remove all clothes that are ripped, torn, or stained. That also includes garments with broken zippers, missing buttons, and missing stitches. Only put clothes back into your closet that are in good condition.

#5. Can this garment be worn with anything else in my closet?
If the answer is NO, donate.

This rule doesn’t really apply to dresses or jumpsuits because they are worn alone. Instead, consider all of the separates in your closet such as tees, shirts, sweaters, vests, blazers, skirts, shorts, pants, and leggings.

Perhaps you went shopping with a friend and bought something that is more her style than yours. Or, your favorite store was having a sale, and you ended up purchasing clothes that don’t suit you because they were a great price.

If you feel like you have a lot of clothes that don’t coordinate with anything in your wardrobe, you may need to develop your own style.

#6. Do I Feel Good in this Garment?
If the answer is NO, donate.

Life is too short to wear clothes you don’t feel good wearing.

The goal of your wardrobe is to have an assortment of clothes that you love to wear. We all have those pieces we’ve purchased that fit weird in the hips, have a wonky collar, sleeves that are too short, or too tight in the waist.

If you put this garment on and don’t feel fabulous when you wear it, it’s time to say, Au Revoir!

#7. Does this garment still have the tags on it?
If the answer is YES, donate.

I’m not talking about the clothes you purchased in the past week. I mean clothes that have been hanging in your closet for months or even years with that tags still attached. Do you think there will somehow be divine intervention and you’ll want to wear it?

For whatever reason (no judgment here), you don’t wear this garment…time to say Goodbye!

#8. Is this garment in style?
If the answer is NO, donate.

Are you keeping clothes because you think it will come back in style someday? Maybe your kids will want to wear it.

#9. Is this Garment a Bridesmaid’s or Prom dress?
If the answer is yes, donate.

You. Will. Never. Wear. A. Bridesmaid’s Dress. Again.

The same goes for prom dresses or that special occasion dresses that cannot be worn anywhere else.
#10. Am I Only keeping this garment for sentimental reasons?
If the answer is YES, donate.

When you open your closet, do you see memories? For example:

The sweater worn on the first date with significant other

The shirt you wore during a meeting that got you a promotion

T-shirts with custom prints from college parties

The outfit you wore to your favorite band’s concert

You will always have those memories in your head and heart. Staring at them every morning when you are trying to figure out what to wear TODAY, only adds clutter and confusion.

Try recycling them to some thing New 🆕

If you have a tough time parting with these garments, I suggest several options below.

Re-use your old clothes by making a pillow or quilt/blanket out of these favorite pieces.

Create a Memory Journal. Put on these clothes on and take pictures using an instant camera or your cell phone use a portable sticker printer to print them. Then, write about the memory you have wearing the garment and place the photo next to it in your journal. You’ll end up with a journal you love filled with lots of happy memories!

As author Marie Kondo says, thank the clothes for being part of your life and for being part of the memorable event, then pass it along to someone else to enjoy.

Do one of these things listed above. You’ll create more room in your closet and, in the long run, you won’t miss the garment. You can do this!

If that is the case, you are creating a time capsule, not a current wardrobe that helps you get dressed TODAY.

Style trends SOMETIMES come back in 15-20 years later. Do you really want to have a closet full of clothes you (or your children) won’t be wearing for another 20 years?

You owe it to yourself to fill your closet with clothes that you feel good in and wear today. Donate those outdated clothes and have a closet full of clothes you love.

Now you’re ready for the next step, organizing your closet.


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