There comes a time in every man’s life where he finds that all the impulse buys and faddy trends have finally caught up with him and he’s got no more room in his wardrobe. If this sounds like you, it’s time to stop hoarding and streamline. Clothing can be hard to get rid of. You might think that you share some ‘precious memories’ with certain pieces. But when you think about it, those memories aren’t really that precious, are they? Having a good clear out is an exercise in learning to let go, so it can be beneficial for the mind as well as wardrobe space. To get started, take a look at what’s in your wardrobe and ask yourself the following questions:
When was the last time I wore this?
Seriously, if it’s more than a year ago, maybe it’s time to let it go. Obviously the time limit can be extended on suits and seasonal pieces. Don’t get rid of all of your shorts because you haven’t seen the sun in a while.
Does it have real sentimental value?
Some things can stay, like the suit you wore on your wedding day. But that run of the mill white t-shirt that you wore when you saw Oasis play Knebworth 20 odd years ago? Get rid.
Does it actually fit?
You might be telling yourself that one day you’ll be able to squeeze back into those 30 waist jeans, and it’s good to have goals. But you’ve got to be brutally honest with yourself. Get rid of anything that feels a bit too tight (or too loose if you’re lucky).
Would I wear this out of the house?
When clearing out my wardrobe, I can get a bit overzealous occasionally. It’s good to keep some old pieces in case you need to do a spot of decorating, you don’t want to be buying something specifically to get dirty. Also, whatever is part of your comforting hangover style can stay, but maybe stick it in a draw somewhere. Anything else stained or torn should go.
If you use these questions to scrutinise your clothes, then you’ll soon find you have a nice streamlined wardrobe. If you find a lot clothes in a good condition that you need to get rid of, don’t just send them to landfill. Donate them, there’s another whole load of precious memories just waiting to be made with someone else.