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How To Fix Your Closet And Your Life

Take it from Elsa and let it go.
PHOTO: Nick Onken

Letting go is always hard, and this applies to parting with material things—even those that don’t hold any real sentiment. Fear of regret is enough to keep us clinging to things we’re not even sure we ever liked. Below are a few tips on how you can fix your wardrobe (and your life), little by little:

1. Grab some boxes.

You don’t have to go from zero to 100! Take it one step at a time. Put all the things you no longer use in a box and store it somewhere else for a few months. If you don’t reach for anything inside that box within that time frame, you’ll know for sure that it’s time to let go. Eventually, this technique will help you become more cutthroat when it comes to letting go of certain possessions.

2. How many white shirts do you *really* need?

If you’re the type of person who gravitates toward the same style, you probably have duplicates or pieces that are really similar. And you don’t need that many! Pick the newest (or your favorite) ones, and donate the rest.

3. Don’t keep anything that makes you feel like shit.

Remember how you were 20 pounds lighter in high school? Some people hang on to the clothes they had back then because they’re ~*aspirational*~! But what it’s really doing is making you feel bad because you no longer have the same body. Only keep things that make you feel beautiful. (Note: this applies to people as well.)

4. Observe your wardrobe.

Most people don’t notice, but we actually wear the same clothes over and over again (unless you’re a Kardashian, in which case, you wouldn’t be caught dead in the same dress). If you haven’t worn something in six months, it doesn’t need to be clogging your closet. And if you have clothes that fall under the “Sometimes” category, force yourself to wear those more often just to see how you feel.

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5. Explore your style.

We’re sure you bought things you weren’t sure of in the past because you were still trying to find your style (see: fedoras). Again, find a way to integrate them in your daily looks (so no, Halloween doesn’t count), and if you can’t, then you probably won’t be too heartbroken about giving it away.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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