When was the last time that you cleaned out your wardrobe? Many men, myself included, are guilty of rarely doing this. As a result, our wardrobes become overcrowded with shirts and garments that we never wear. If this sounds like a familiar scenario, keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks on how to clean out your wardrobe.
The 1-Year Rule
When cleaning out your wardrobe, a good rule of thumb is to get rid of any garments or accessories that you haven’t worn in over a year. If it’s been longer than 12 months since you’ve worn a particular garment, it’s doubtful that you’ll be wearing it anytime soon, in which case it’s best to move it out of your wardrobe. Of course, there a few exceptions to this rule, such as suits and neckties. For the most part, though, following a the 1-year rule is a great way to free up additional space in your wardrobe.
Organize Your Wardrobe Based on Type
Another essential step in cleaning out your wardrobe is organizing it. Don’t just randomly hang up garments in your closet with no sense or order. Unless you want to spend half an hour trying to find a shirt in the morning, you need some type of structure and organization. For instance, you can place your t-shirts first, followed by polos, long-sleeved button-up shirts, dress shirts, pants, neckties, etc. This otherwise simple structure will make a world of difference in your ability to find specific garments.
Upgrade Your Clothes Hangers
Cheap plastic and wire coat hangers have a tendency to break down over time. So when you’re updating your wardrobe, consider replacing these cheap coat hangers with stronger and more durable wooden ones. You can expect to pay more for wooden coat hangers, but it’s a smart investment that will pay off in the long run. Wooden coat hangers are easier to use, maintain their shape, and last longer.
Donate Old Clothes
Don’t just toss your old clothes in the trash, but instead donate them to a charity organization. Most Goodwill stores will gladly accept used clothes. Granted, they won’t pay you, but they will give you a receipt that can be used for tax deductions come April of next year. Besides, you’ll get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that you are helping those who are less fortunate. And depending on how many clothes you have to donate, Goodwill may actually come to pick them up from your house.