I understand the difficulty in the task of cleaning out closets and drawers full of clothes. In fact just the idea of taking a precious afternoon off to schedule this type of project can leave you exhausted before you even begin. Avoiding this exercise is one approach. After all, out-of-sight out-of-mind right?
It’s true ignoring the problem can give you peace but only momentarily. The longer you wait to reorganize your closet the bigger the project will be in the future.
Instead of working yourself into a full-fledged anxiety attack by taking on this extensive project you can begin with just getting rid of anything that is unwearable, (no xanax required). These are pieces that you can’t even give away because they are either stained beyond redemption or threadbare. These are pieces that are in such bad condition that you would die a thousand deaths if anyone saw you taking out the trash in them.
Marie Kondo, author of Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, would suggest you thank these wretched articles of clothing for their service. I, on the other hand, would suggest that you simply unceremoniously pitch them in the garbage.
Here’s your list;
~Anything with a hole or tear in it that cannot be repaired. You will never ever wear those pants that are worn out in the seat and now sit in your closet with nowhere to go but in the garbage.
~Clothes that you only wear around the house because even you know that they are too dreadful to wear in public. These are the ones that have tears and unsightly stains. You have convinced yourself that they are okay to wear around the house because you and your loved ones are the only people who see you in them. You are wrong! No one likes looking at you in that old sweatshirt, not even your loved ones.
~Sweats or jerseys you have kept from college and high school that are stretched out and twice your size.
~Jewelry that has turned color and bleeds on your skin. Accessories that are broken and not worth fixing, earrings that irritate your ears.
~Handbags where the leather is so badly worn that even Salvation Amy will not take them. Once the leather wears through your bag has reached its expiration date.
~Underwear, bras, and leggings that have lost their memory. Memory is the property of the fabric that makes these garments fit us so nicely when we first buy them. Every time you wash and wear these garments they loose a little bit of memory. If you get to the point of convincing yourself that you have one more wear left in said garment you don’t. That moment was months or in some cases years ago.
~Annoying socks or peds that begin to slide off of your feet as soon as you begin walking. My guess is you did’t throw them away immediately because they are new(ish) and you want to get your money’s worth out of them. You are only setting yourself up for a maddening day because every time you wear them you will have to yank them up over and over and over again.
~And finally, those shoes that hurt your feet. The are the ones that give you blisters every time you wear them while thinking, “They will stretch out if I keep wearing them.” No, they won’t . They will only continue to cripple your feet and put you in a bad mood every time you wear them. This is the only item on the your pitch list that you might consider donating and only if they are in decent condition.