Too Many Clothes…

There are just two basic ways to deal with clothing clutter:  1) get rid of it, or 2) organize it. Most people need to do some of both when it comes to their closets.

Decide What to Get Rid Of

Prepare by arming yourself with three large containers plus a laundry basket, using a 3-container variation of the Clear the Clutter Strategy. Designate one bag or box to hold items for each of these means of disposal:

  • Garbage
  • Give away/donate
  • Yard sale or resale/consignment shop (Note: If you are not planning to sell anything, you’ll only need two containers.)

Items that belong to someone else or in other rooms should go in the laundry basket. For example, you  might discover a pair of your child’s socks mixed in with your stuff.

Sorting. Place like items together. Group items by type and then by color. For example, gather all your pants or trousers. Then group them by color.  Examine and try on each piece of clothing, then make a decision: keep it or not? If not, place it in one of the containers.

Organizing. What about the clothes that you are keeping?  Put them back in your closet or drawer—but be strategic.  You may want to leave out only clothing that is in season. You can reduce the clutter in your bedroom closet by storing out-of-season clothes in a box or another closet. When you switch your clothing at the change of the season, it is a perfect time to sort through and dispose of clothing that you no longer want.

Special Situations. If you have clothing of different sizes that you feel you must keep, you may wish to minimize clutter by storing them separately; keep only those items in the size you are currently wearing in the most accessible drawers or sections of your closet. Items that are worn infrequently, such as special-occasion clothing, can also be placed in a separate closet in order to keep your regular closet better organized.

Preventing Non-useful Purchases.  Make a list of clothing items that you need and carry it on your smart phone. Refer to it when you are shopping, to help you focus on purchasing planned items rather than spontaneous choices that may not match other items in your wardrobe.

Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor

Resources are important whether you are looking to rent your first apartment, pay your bills, buy your first home or send your child to college. There are many ways to save money to reach your goals, and hopefully ISU Money Tip$ will be one of them. I enjoy traveling, needlework and am a novice gardener.

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2 thoughts on “Too Many Clothes…

  1. This is a great article and I wanted to thank you for writing it and posting it!!
    I will be sharing this information for sure

  2. My favorite method of ‘clarifying’ my clothing stash is Maria Kondo’s Tidying principles http://tidyingup.com/ . A few years ago my home was seriously damaged by a broken water pipe and we had to move out for several months. I used the KonMari method to simplify my belongings. Clothing is the second category (after books)in which you use this decision making process. It is a way of being mindful of the role and emotion invoked by each item in your life – for example: if it doesn’t fit then, it doesn’t make me happy, so it’s in the ‘gone’ pile. It was amazingly simple to do and I cleared out a lot of things quickly that were taking up valuable real estate in my drawers, closets, and rooms. my distribution of ‘gone’ items was similar to your list – consign, donate, reuse and lastly, landfill.

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