Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting with Your Clothes + Free Printable!

Two years ago just before I moved provinces I tackled my closet BIG TIME giving away 108 pieces of clothing!!  There is nothing like the motivation of moving to put a fire under you to get stuff done.  When we moved into our new home I then blogged about my new closet and how I organized it.  That was a year and a half ago and since then my closet has continued to evolve and change in order to maximize space and the efficiency of how I use it.  You might remember this post I did singing the praises of thin hangers which I am still loving by the way.

In the last couple of weeks though I knew I needed to once again do a big tackle on my closet.  How did I know?  Because every time I walked into my closet I would immediately get annoyed and grumpy.  Clothes were everywhere and I was having trouble finding what I needed because there was just too much stuff stuffed in.  However I did what I know many people are guilty off.  I walked out and did nothing only to be annoyed all over again the next day.  I don’t have the time or I’ll do it later were just a few of the lines that repeated over and over in this big head of mine.

Then one day I went in and decided to do just ONE thing.  I wouldn’t worry about the whole closet at this point, but I could take 5 or 10 minutes to do just a little.  I’ll just hang up all the clothes not on hangers I decided and do the rest later.  Well you know what happened don’t you?  As I was hanging up those clothes I came across a few things I no longer wore or loved.  And then I came across a few more and then a few more after that.  Before I knew it stuff was flying out of that closet so fast.  I hit the zone.  There was no stopping me once I got going.  Toss, toss, toss (that’s my most recent purge pile above).  A half an hour later, I was done.  Not just that ONE thing that I had originally set out to do but my whole closet.  IN 30 MINUTES!

Seriously why do we do this to ourselves?

We put up with being annoyed day after day after day which, let’s be honest, plays out in so many other areas of our lives when we could easily nip the problem in the bud once and for all.  I know this, you know this but we still convince ourselves it’s going to take forever.  We convince ourselves we don’t have the time but with all the time we waste just thinking about doing it, we could have had it done.

So because I had no idea before I started that I’d be overhauling my entire closet I neglected to take a before picture.  However here are some after pictures though so you can see how it’s changed from when we first moved in.

Love my thin hangers!

This is my BelleDangles Jewelry Organizer.

I found this great basket on clearance and it currently holds my summer tank tops but that might still change.

This fantastic organizer on my top shelf is from a company called Neat Containers.  These are very cool for shoes, purses, wallets, scarves, slippers, bathing suits, etc.  They are plastic bins that slide in and out like drawers.  I like the way they use up vertical space that would otherwise be wasted.

And in case you missed this the first time I shared it, I’m going to share my 11 tips for parting with your clothes again.

Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting with Your Clothes

1.  If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size.  Why a year?  Because you cover every season in that period of time.  If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.

2.  If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.

3.  If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.

4.  If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?

5.  I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it.  Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.

6.  If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night.  Follow the one year rule.

7.  Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet.   Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.

8.  Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it.  Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.

9.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  Try organizing in stages and be motivated by your success.  One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..

10.  Try everything on.  This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it.  That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts.  Nope we don’t want that now do we.  Get rid of it.

11.  You only have the space that you do.  Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night.  It will only make you grumpy…every single day.  It’s not worth it.


And just in case you need a daily kick in the pants reminder, here is a copy for you to print out and stash away in your closet if you need to 🙂  Click on the link below for the pdf file.

11 Tips for Parting with Your Clothes

Hope that helps in your quest to do some serious clothes purging soon!!!

What organizing task have you been putting off for a long time? 

Filed under: Closets, Clutter Control


24 Responses to Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting with Your Clothes + Free Printable!

  1. 1
    Sam says

    LOL! My sister is gonna hate me for following you tomorrow! I just printed out your great printable and will hand it to her with an innocent smile when I see her. Thanks so much!

    • 1.1
      Laura says

      LOL…love it! Let me know if you’re still alive afterwards 🙂

  2. 2
    Emily @ Make It Happen Mama says

    I love, love, LOVE that you included the printable! We’re getting ready to move (AGAIN!) and my closet needs to be pared down in a serious way – amazingly, my clothing needs are far different in Oregon this year than they have been in Texas the past 5 years, can you imagine? 😉

  3. 3
    Linda Stoll says

    Thanks for keeping it fun, even while we’re rolling up our sleeves! I’ll be sharing this link on my blog sooner or later …

    Just took a bunch of clothes over to a re-sale shop yesterday … and the ones they didn’t want, I walked down 8 storefronts to a little church thrift shop and they were happy to get my donation!

    Even though they were once loved, these threads held no big thrill for me and I was happy they were going to go to new homes. The closet is lighter, there are fewer things to look at earlier in the morning, and I love what I see when I slide open the door.

  4. 4
    Susan says

    I have found It’s so much quicker to decide what to wear in the morning after you get rid of all those clothes that don’t “work” for various reasons. Then you’re just picking an outfit from your favorites.:)

  5. 5
    Mom on the Make says

    Ok, you are seriously motivating me now. I totally agree with the idea of giving away something if I haven’t worn it in a year – why is this so hard for me??? I also love how you mention to just stop keeping an item if it annoys you to wear it. 🙂 I have a few items that I think I might wear next winter even though I haven’t worn it for the past four winters. This has to stop.

    A few years ago, I re-did my hangers as well. I bought the thin hangers for my whole closet as well. It really makes a difference having the same hangers throughout your closet.

    Thanks for this inspiring and very humorous post! 🙂

    • 5.1
      Laura says

      That is so awesome, I can “feel” your enthusiasm in your words. Love it, you go girl!!

  6. 6
    Jenifer says

    Look into your local organizations that help out single mothers – my church has a fabulous single moms sunday school group and people within the church will donate clothes and the ladies in the class come up to the church on a saturday and get to take what we think we will wear.

  7. 7
    Brenda says

    Do any of those rules apply to shirts signed by famous people?

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      Well that depends, do you have the space to store them? 🙂

  8. 8
    saverchic says

    Thanks for this post. Just what I needed. I have been annoyed with my closet for over a year now.

  9. 9
    Ann says

    These tips are awesome! Exactly what i need! Just tell me what to do and how to determine what to get rid of. Any ideas on good places to donate clothes? That seems to be something that holds me back personally.


  10. 10
    Tiffany says

    I desperately need to purge clothing. But my struggle is a practical one. I had a baby 9 months ago and I’m expecting another in January. So the one year and one in, one out rules don’t apply and trying on clothes won’t work for MANY months, but I don’t feel like I can keep everything, since my wardrobe now includes maternity and postpartum sizes. Do you have any tips for women during their child- bearing years?

    • 10.1
      Laura says

      Hi Tiffany, yes this is a pretty common problem. The main thing I recommend for clothes you want to keep but don’t fit is to not give the things you aren’t wearing prime real estate space. Store these things maybe somewhere else if you can. One of the best places is to use shallow totes underneath a bed and then only keep what you have the room to store.

      • Trish says

        Super useful tidbit, thank you so much: “The main thing I recommend for clothes you want to keep but don’t fit is to not give the things you aren’t wearing prime real estate space. Store these things maybe somewhere else if you can… and then only keep what you have the room to store.”

  11. 11
    Jp Marie says

    Hi! I am excited to have found your blog! I’m a seriously disorganized Virgo wishing I could be organized all the time! What are your thoughts on who or what to give or sell your clothes after purging. I would like to sell but if I’m not organized with my time and space. How will I ever really get to selling or donations . And boy do kids go through cloths fast!!!! Help

  12. 12
    Josmari says

    Laura, what about the clothes that doesn’t quite fit yet because you had a child a year ago and still working on dropping those remaing 10-15 lbs?

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      Store them somewhere out of the way if possible. Think under the bed for instance. Just don’t give clothes that don’t fit prime real estate space.

  13. 13
    Priscilla says

    Hi, I really appreciate your wisdom regarding sorting guidelines. My problem is what to do with the clothes once I decide I probably won’t wear them. I have a public relations type job, so I invest a lot in my clothes and shoes and I just don’t know what to do with the I haven’t worn them in a year pile. I wind up putting them into shrink bags and they go from one closet to the garage, but I would like to have a more permanent “new” place for them. Any suggestions as to what to do once I remove the clothes?


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