Donate, Trash, Sell, Keep—How to Sort Through Your Clothes

Who here’s been guilty of buying more than you need? We know we have!

When there are sales, great deals, and tons of opportunities to keep buying more and more, the media and people around you tell you to acquire more, and it’s no surprise that you’ll end up with tons of extra clothing (among other things).

But it’s important to declutter and get rid of these things for your own mental peace, clarity, and easier choices.

Here are some tips to help you decide what you want to keep, what you want to give away or donate, what you’re tossing out, and what you can and should sell:

Start by taking everything out

Taking everything out of your closet will give you a chance to truly see everything you own and just how much you actually have. It’s one way to give yourself a little perspective on what you’ve accumulated over the years, what you haven’t seen in a while, what you’ve worn to death, and so on.


The pile may be overwhelming to look at—but that’s kind of the point.


Begin with your trash/toss out pile

While some prefer starting with what you’re keeping, we recommend going by things that are going to the trash or tossed out. Ratty t-shirts that hold no sentimental value ripped panties, old tank tops, etc., that neither you nor anyone else should be using. This pile is fairly easy to get sorted because it’s easier to know what you don’t want than it is to know what you do want.

A pile of jeans placed on a chair for sorting through later.

Then move onto things you want to keep

Now we come to things that you want to keep. What are some of the things that you love? Hold onto those. Keep the things that hold a special memory or association too. Try on things that flatter you and fit you—don’t keep them just because you wore them once upon a time. Really envision what your sense of style is and what you want it to be, and keep things that only serve you now.


Think about it in terms of utility and ask yourself a few questions before you decide to keep it:


-Does it hold a special meaning for me?

-Have I worn it in the last six months?

-Will I ever wear this again?

-Does it still fit or flatter me?

-Is this item suited to my sense of style?


If you said yes to most of the above, it’s fair enough to keep it.


Choose things you want to sell

There will be items that are expensive, in great condition, gifts, or just really cute—and you shouldn’t have to part ways without some benefit to it. Put these things into your sell pile and then move on to posting them online, so it doesn’t feel like a complete waste, having to get rid of them. With the cash you earn, you might be able to treat yourself to one or two (not more) items that you can add to your wardrobe.


Donate whatever is left behind

Whatever is left behind from these piles, donate it. Give these things to friends or family who’d appreciate them, or someone else who’ll enjoy giving them a new life. It’s the perfect chance to see items you’ve used and loved, to go to people who’ll love them after you!



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