shutterstock_153129704Ah yes, perhaps one of the most difficult dilemmas of the twenty-first century American: as your closet increases in size (almost on its own, it sometimes seems), you run out of space in your closet. As you run out of space in your closet, you start losing the ability to choose your outfits with ease in the morning. As frustration grows and grows, it suddenly dawns on you: the time has come to get rid of some of your clothes. But which ones? How do you make such an important decision?! Well, folks, it’s not easy, but it is possible. Keep reading for some helpful tips to make your life easier and simpler.

The Obvious Imperfection

If you have a piece of clothing with a stain that seriously will never (and we mean never) come out, then perhaps the time has come for that particular item. You’re not going to want to keep wearing a stained piece of clothing — be honest with yourself! And neither are thrift shop customers. Best to recycle any clothes that fall into this category.

The Un-ignorable Smell

There are some materials that, once they absorb a smell, it is extremely difficult to get it out. This is especially true with musty odors, although if it’s something you love then you should try spraying a water and vodka mixture on it before donating it. Any kind of smell that won’t go away is a sure sign to get rid of that piece of clothing, however.

The Damaged Clothes

Any clothes that are damaged — and we’re talking about ones that can’t be repaired, not just ones that you haven’t gotten around to repairing or bringing in to be repaired — are not worth the closet space they are taking up anymore. Just remember that if it’s denim, you most likely can find some sort of “denim doctor” to fix up that perfect pair of jeans.

Would You Still Buy it?

If you went to the store and found that blouse on the rack, would you buy it? This is the new version of the “have you worn it in a year?” question, and it is far more effective. If the answer is no, then it’s likely time to donate that piece of clothing. Even if you bought it two weeks ago and you don’t want to acknowledge the fact that you shouldn’t have done that, you need to be real with yourself. Donate it.

The Poor Fit

Don’t get caught in the trap of wearing clothes that are too small for you in the hopes that you’re going to lose enough weight to wear them comfortably again. Don’t be silly! People grow, and you may as well embrace that. Get rid of the clothes, and get rid of your self-consciousness too.

Too Much Love

Have you worn something so often that it simply doesn’t look the way it used to? Is the blouse stretched out? Has it pilled beyond recognition? We know you love it, but you’ll love its replacement too. Recycle it!

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