Closet Purge: The Four Types of Clothing You Should Get Rid of Immediately

“If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out your closet. Often it is what we hold onto that holds us back” –Cheryl Richardson

Welcoming each brand new year gives us an avenue to better ourselves in the form of making resolutions. Most of these resolutions are geared towards better fitness regimes and committing to a diet. Unfortunately, as with many limiting resolutions that would more or less compel you to cut out an entire food group or slave away in the gym, your commitment to a better you would soon feel like a chore. As a result, you would most probably have forgotten these resolutions by the time we enter March unless you have an ingrained sense of determination and discipline to accomplish your goals. In any case, I digress and whether or not you stick to your new year objectives is beyond the point. However, do take note that in your endeavor to be a better you, you should never neglect to refine your fashion choices. In this regard, it is best to take a long and hard look at your closet and reevaluate which clothes have to go and which ones can stay.

Closet Purge

After all, the New Year should be taken to mean brand new clothes and less of the ones that are just adding to your closet clutter. If you have ever found yourself with nothing to wear despite staring at a closet bursting to the brim of clothes, think of it as a wakeup call to edit your sartorial possessions. Your next logical course would perhaps to shop, but in this case purchasing more clothes would only aggravate your existing problem. So, in a effort to see a better dressed you this 2018 get rid of some of your clothes—whether they may be streetwear clothing or something else. In any case, if you do not know where to start, below is a list of closet items you should be tossing out:

  • Anything you have in multiples of

While we do understand our need to have something in every color when we want it, this is not necessarily a sentiment we can get on board with. Sure, you can own as many undies and basic undershirts as you please, but owning four dresses in similar designs should alarm you. Gather these items side by side and determine what made you think they were so different in the first place and if those differences are legitimate. Identify your favorites, dump the rest and move on.

  • Clothing you have never worn

Virgin clothing are the items in your closet that have never seen the light of day. Some of them still have tags on them and more often than not, you bought them on impulse (either there was a huge sale or a special occasion). If you do not find yourself wishing to wear them anytime soon, it is best to take them out.

Virgin clothing

  • Comfort clothing

These are the clothes that are worn, tattered and stretched enough for you to feel incredibly relaxed and comfortable in them. You probably do not want anyone to see you while you are wearing them in the comforts of your home which begs the question: Why should I care about what I wear when I am at home? In some cases, you are right but despite what you think, what you wear has a profound effect on how you perceive yourself. You should invest only in pieces that make you feel comfortable AND good.

Comfort clothing

  • Outfits you once loved

Admit it, you probably have a myriad of clothing items in your closet that you once loved but now ignore. Most of these were probably huge trends of the past that are considered irrelevant today. In any case, whether they make a comeback or not is not the issue. They are taking up space and if you wish to possess a better wardrobe, it will bode you well if you got rid of them immediately.