Closets can easily become messy and disorganized, collecting all sorts of random stuff that makes finding what we actually need a hassle. Let’s be practical and declutter our closets. Whether it’s clothes we don’t wear or miscellaneous items we don’t use, it’s time to let go of things that no longer serve a purpose.
Here are ten things you might want to toss or donate to free up some space in your closet.
Check your clothing for signs of permanent damage, like rips, tears, stubborn stains or smells. Keeping these pieces around only contributes to the mess. Unless they hold personal meaning, it’s better to part with them and focus on maintaining clothes in good shape.
Clothes That No Longer Fit
Many of us have clothes in our closets that don’t fit or suit us anymore. It is unlikely that you will make it to the seamstress to alter it or find the time to wear it after all these years. You can donate or sell them to make space for clothes that make you look and feel your best.
If you’ve been keeping single socks, hoping to find their matches, it’s time to face the fact that they’re probably gone for good. Letting go of unmatched socks will simplify finding the ones that do match.
Undergarments naturally deteriorate over time. Do yourself a favor and get rid of underwear, socks, pantyhose, and bras that have aged, lost their shape, color, or the support they once offered.
Begin by assessing your shoe collection. If you have shoes that show clear signs of wear and tear, are seriously damaged, or have lost their comfort over time, it’s time to let them go. You can donate them easily to the thrift store.
If you have empty shoeboxes in your closet, it is due time that you get rid of them. Holding onto empty shoeboxes simply occupies valuable space.
Hangers can take up a significant amount of closet room, so keeping an excess is unnecessary. Assign hangers for the things you prefer to hang, and let go of the rest.
Expired Skincare Products
Review your makeup bag and skincare collection for products that have expired. Using cosmetics past their expiration dates can lead to skin irritation or, worse, skin infections. It’s a good idea to eliminate items that have gone bad and replace them with new ones.
Take a look at the accessories in your collection – sunglasses, jewelry, handbags, belts, hats and scarves. Get rid of items like belts with cracked leather or missing buckles, tangled jewelry, and scratched sunglasses.
It’s time to consider parting with the free tote bags and t-shirts you received from a giveaway or for being a loyal customer. Unless you’re actively using them, these items are occupying precious closet space.
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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.