More Hangers, Less Clutter

I love this time of year when the weather changes to cooler weather and campfires, hot dogs, and s’mores are a welcome activity.  I even like the smell of burning leaves and wish it came in a candle scent since most communities outlaw or limit it due to health concerns.

With the coming cooler weather, I have put away my summer clothes and gotten out the warmer items including really comfy flannel shirts & jeans.  If your closet is like mine, not only do you have clothes for the different seasons, but there are several different sizes in each set.  It is disheartening to realize that some of my favorite items do not fit my current size.  Some are too large (yeah), but most are too small (bummer).

As I do with most season changes, I sort through my clothes and decide whether to keep it for the future and/or get rid of it.  These guidelines may be helpful.

  1. Group items:
    • fits now and keeping / hang it up
    • no longer fits and / or I no longer like it / put into bag or box to donate
    • doesn’t or won’t fit for this season, but keeping because it’s special, I like it,  or I am just a few pounds away from getting back into it.
  2. Go back through the last set and re-evaluate.  What are the chances that you will realistically wear this item in the near future.  Some clothes are stored for years when another woman could be wearing it now (while it is still in style).
  3. If the closet rod is still too full, sort through a second time and consider giving away more of your excess
  4. Give away the items you wish to donate as quickly as possiblebefore you change your mind and add them to the stored boxes again.
    • You could consider having a family or group exchange before the items are taken to charity of choice.
  5. Now that there is breathing room in your closet, you may find new outfit combinations that were un-noticed due to the previous clutter.

The reality is that most women wear their favorite outfits and there are many items that are worn once or not at all even when it does fit our current size.  I am no exception to this.  Over the years, I have gotten better about giving unused and spare clothing away and have realized that I still have plenty to wear and hangers to spare.

Take time this fall to give away or donate in order that others may have enough.

And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”  Luke 3:11
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