To keep or not to keep, that is the question.

It’s important to keep in mind what to keep and whether or not to get rid of something because, your closet is only so big. Whether you do this on a yearly, seasonally, whenever you buy a new item or whenever you feel like it. Based on your closets size and the hangers you choose to use, you only have so much room before things turn into a clothes jungle and hill of stuff. But you might say, Mikayla, I have four other closets in my house that contain all of my clothes. Yeah, and if you take an honest look at that, do you really want to maintain four closets just for your current wardrobe? Why not make things easier on yourself?

Here’s a list of questions you can ask yourself to determine whether to keep something or get rid of it.

1. Do you love it?

2. Does this piece still light you up inside, or do you get excited by it?

3. Do you still wear it? If yes, how often? Is it once in a blue moon?

4. Is it damaged or stained? If yes, are you going to get it fixed, altered or tailored? You know yourself, don’t kid yourself here. If you’re saying, you’ll get it altered but really you have zero intentions of taking it anywhere to get that done, just spare yourself and get rid of it.

5. Does it still fit? If no, get rid of. I know about you ladies that keep clothes to “inspire” yourself to lose weight. If that truly works for you, then cool. If not, just stop. If it secretly makes you feel bad, get rid of it and fill your closet with clothes that comfortably fit and you feel great in! When you’ve lost the weight you say you want to lose, then, revisit the idea of updating your wardrobe.

And for those of you who are absolutely not sure, you can:

A. Just leave it in the closet and revisit it next time you spring clean your closet.

B. Place it in a reusable bag in the trunk of your car, or garage. And if you don’t wear it or miss it in 6 – 12 months, get rid of it.

C. This is not my preferred method; however, it may work for you. This is where you’ll place all your hangers on the clothing rod, backwards, with the hooks facing you. As you wear your clothes, you begin to place your hangers forward, towards the wall (or the regular way a hanger is used).

In about 6-12 months, there may or may not be hangers of clothes still faced backwards. If there are, those are the clothes you have yet to wear. From there, you can get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn. Doing this will allow you to see what you actually wear and use in a given time frame.

Hope that helps! If you liked this post and found it helpful, please share! That is always greatly appreciated. There may be someone you know that needs to know this info. Anyway, until next time, may you fill your life and physical space with joy, beauty and inspiration.