It's Time To Let Go: When To Get Rid Of Your Clothes
WHEN TO GET RID OF YOUR CLOTHES?
Not so long ago, I wrote a blog post about improving your style and one of the things I mentioned was to embrace and be confident in your own style. Developing your confidence through fashion isn’t easy, especially if you are still keeping your old and unused clothes in your closet.
Keeping old and unused clothes is almost like personal baggage. If you really think about it, you keep those clothes because you can’t let go of the way you used to look when you were wearing them. And you know what happens next? You get anxious. You start missing the person behind that clothing and you suddenly feel the pressure to be that person again. That’s why it’s essential to get rid of these clothes, especially if it doesn’t make you feel good anymore. Sure, there are some clothes that are worth keeping. However, some clothes are better off sold or donated. Here’s when you should let go and get rid of your old clothes..
WHEN IT DOES NOT FIT YOU ANY LONGER
Remember the dress you bought two years ago when you were a size smaller? Or that cute top you bought when you gained extra pounds? The skirt that was once was your favorite but won’t fit you anymore? I understand that it’s not easy to let go of clothes we used to wear all the time. You tell yourself, what if I lose or gain pounds again? Maybe I can still wear it in the future right?
We are all guilty of this. I used to keep tons of clothes I had when I was still a few sizes smaller. I convinced myself I can wear them again once I lose weight. I have been telling that to myself for almost three years now. And you know what changed? Nothing. I still haven’t used most of them. Luckily, there are some clothes that I was able to wear again, but I ended up realizing I don’t like it anymore.
We’re better off getting rid of these clothes because it doesn’t serve us any good. I’m not saying you won’t lose or gain pounds anymore. In fact, your size will change. So is your style. You might be able to fit in those clothes again but chances are, it’s not something you would like to wear anymore. There’s also a possibility that you won’t fit in those clothes ever again. Your clothes should make you feel confident and beautiful. It should not make you feel bad for yourself.
WHEN YOU HAVEN’T USED IT IN A YEAR
I go by the rule that when you haven’t used a certain stuff in your house for at least a year, most likely, it’s not something you need and you have to get rid of it right away. I apply this rule to everything, even with my clothes. Of course, there is an exemption to the rule. If you live in a four season climate, it’s normal to not wear certain clothes for a few months or even almost a year. Like for example, winter coats or summer dresses. These types of clothing are seasonal. However, when you find yourself not wearing a coat or a summer dress for almost a year, then it’s time to let go.
There is a reason why you don’t wear these clothes anymore and most likely, these are the same reasons why you won’t wear them again. Either it already lost its texture, it’s already out of style or you simply just don’t like it anymore. These clothes will only take up a lot of space in your wardrobe which you can use to keep new purchases or clothes that you really like.
WHEN YOU ONLY USED IT ONCE
Oh, those occasional clothes. The dress you bought for a formal gathering or that dress you wore on your graduation ball. These are the type of clothes you buy for a certain event and you consider them special. You thought you could wear them again “one day” but at the back of your mind, you’re really uncertain whether you can still wear it again.
Before totally getting rid of these clothes, I actually would like you to assess it first. There are lots of occasional dresses or clothes that can actually be worn casually by dressing it down. If you think you can recreate a new or a casual style using these clothes, then I’m totally up for you to keep it. But if you think otherwise, I strongly suggest for you to get rid of these clothes as well.
WHEN YOU HAVEN’T USED IT AT ALL
I take my time shopping for clothes because I want to make sure that one, it makes me feel confident and two, I can wear it a lot of times. But even though I’m very fussy when it comes to purchasing clothes, there are still times when I buy clothes I thought I loved and by the time I try it again at home, I realized that buying it was a huge mistake.
When we are put into this kind of situation, our initial reaction is to keep it in our wardrobe because maybe (just maybe) we’ll figure out a way on how to wear it someday. I totally get that! I would definitely do the same especially because I just spent a couple of bucks for it and I don’t really want to waste money. But usually, our gut is always right. If we don’t find it appealing the first time, what’s going to be the difference when we see it again for the second time? You’re still not going to make the most out of your money when you only keep it in your wardrobe, anyway. And if you really regret spending for that clothing, you can always resell it at thrift shops or online buy and sell shops, groups and forums.