It’s not easy parting with your favorite shirt, but sometimes the decision has to be made. Luckily, it doesn’t always have to go unceremoniously into the trash. Here are a few useful tips for clearing out your closet when it becomes too much.
Cull Your Collection
There’s always something sitting in the back of your closet, whether it’s a shirt you once loved or a pair of pants you thought you could never part with. Or maybe it’s something you just forgot you even owned in the first place. Whatever the case may be, it’s always the first order of business to sort out everything and take stock of everything you have. Start by making a pile of clothes you still wear, another pile for what you might wear, and then a mound for what you haven’t put on in months and don’t plan to any time soon.
Depending on the condition, from there it can be as simple as pitching what you don’t want in the trash. Or, if it’s still in good shape, you can always donate what you don’t want to a charity or donation box. Winter clothes are always in demand, so make extra space in your closet by donating the winter items that you don’t wear anymore for someone else to enjoy.
Space in Plain Sight
Sometimes more space is as easy as adding in a few extra hanging rods. If your closet has the height to pull it off, then installing another row just under the shirts or pants can essentially double your closet space. Or you can have dedicated bins for specific items—maybe a bin filled with tank tops or one full of shorts. Even changing the way you store what you have in existing drawers can create more space. For example, rolling up your tshirts instead of folding them is an efficient way to give yourself more drawer space.
Store Them for Later
Storage bins can be your best friends—store your clothes in them, seal them up, and keep them in the basement for years if you want to. Designate specific bins with clothes for certain seasons if that’s how you operate. All your winter and autumn clothes don’t have to take up space nine months out of the year when you’re not wearing them.
Whether you should toss out, donate, or store items, there’s always some useful tips for clearing out your closet floating around. While not an exhaustive list, hopefully this was able to help you squeeze in an extra shirt or two.