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Too Many Clothes and Nothing to Wear? Time For a Closet Clean Up

Crisis averted.

How many mornings have you looked in your closet, trying to pick out an outfit for the day and thought to yourself “I have nothing to wear”, while staring at a closet full of clothes? The sweaters and t-shirts flying everywhere. Bad day anticipated. Sure in the bigger scheme of things it’s not a life changer, but the stress can be so real. I am guilty of this, you likely are too. Over the past few years, I have learned some tips and tricks to fix this problem, so that I’m not stressing out when trying to pick out an outfit everyday. No more clothing crisis. Or at least less likely. It’s closet clean up time.

1. Purging – Let that stuff go!

The first tip that I’ve learned is to do an annual purge of my closet. If you are noticing that your closet is full of clothes that you never wear, this is a necessary step for you. Keeping your closet full of unworn clothes is not only taking up room in your closet, but it’s a waste of clothing. I would recommend at LEAST once a year going through your clothes and deciding what you really need, and what you can get rid of. I find myself collecting bags full of clothes after going through my closet. I recommend taking out anything that you have not worn in the past 6 months.

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2. Organization

I know for most of us this step is challenging and hard to keep up with, but I promise you that organization is the key to a good wardrobe. I guarantee you that having an organized closet, or dresser will make picking out outfits SO much easier. I recommend doing things like color coordinating, and separating your clothing into categories such as shirts, pants, jackets etc. Another one of my favorite ways to achieve an aesthetically pleasing closet is having all matching hangers. Although this step is not at all necessary, it’s an easy way to making your closet look much more organized than it actually is. My personal favorite hangers are the velvet covered ones because they help clothing grip to them much easier.

3. Donating, Giving, and Selling

If you find yourself having a bunch of clothes that you don’t know what to do with after purging, do not fret. There are so many great ways of getting rid of unwanted or unworn clothes. My personal favorite thing to do is donate. Stores such as Goodwill, Value Village, Buffalo Exchange, and so many more are great options to giving your clothes a 2nd life. I also love letting my friends come over and see if they want to have any of my old clothes. There are also tons of apps that allow you to sell and buy other people’s clothes such as Vinted, Depop, eBay, and many more. There are endless options when wanting to get rid of your old clothes.

I hope these simple tips make your life a little bit easier when you’re in the “I have nothing to wear” rut. I know it’s sometimes hard to keep up with, but I promise you that a good closet clean up makes all the difference.

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Allie is a 17 year old highschool student...