How to Know If You Should Keep or Toss Clothes

Unless you're a Kardashian, there's a chance you only have so much closet space for your clothes.

If you're someone who loves to shop, it's very likely that one day you're going to have to make some tough decisions and narrow down your wardrobe.

While it's easy to toss things that haven't fit in years into the donation box, it's not always so cut and dry. If you have a tendency to hang onto items way longer than you really should, it can be hard to figure out what clothes you should keep, and which to toss. Fortunately, we have an easy list of questions that will help you determine whether you should hang onto that blue sweater or find a new home for that trendy blazer. Read up below, and get organized!

Do You Wear It Often?

If it's your favorite pair of black jeans, then the answer is probably "all the time"—which means they should stay a staple of your wardrobe. This rule also applies for that beloved, but not exactly going-out appropriate sweatshirt you wear around the house all the time. If you're getting use out of it, keep it!

The flipside, of course, is that if you're not wearing something in your wardrobe, it's better to make room for something you will. Yes, you may have spent more than you should have on that top, but if the only time you wore it was in the dressing room, consider donating it or even selling it on a site like Depop or Poshmark. Someone else will get use out of it, even if you won't.


Is It In Good Condition?

Do you find yourself strategically hiding stains with jackets when you go out? If you have the money to replenish your wardrobe basics, then it may be time to toss ones that are past their prime and replace them with new staples. If there's something you love and can't replace, you can invest in tailoring or dry cleaning to see if it's possible to salvage.


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Do You Feel Good In It?

You know that top that looked amazing on the mannequin, but just never feels as good on you when you try to work it into your wardrobe? If your clothes don't make you feel good, you likely won't wear them—which means that they'll just sit in your closet, untouched, for as long as you let them.


Is It Comfortable?

No one wants to wear something that makes them miserable all day. That includes shoes that pinch and ridiculously itchy sweaters. If you find yourself never wearing an item because you know you're going to be miserable in it in a few hours, it's time to find that piece a new home. And, hey—it never hurts to invest in a few comfy items for when you're trying to get extra cozy.


Is It Trendy?

Maybe you bought a fuzzy purse when everyone was buying fuzzy purses, but now, all you can think about is how dirty this bag can get every time you take it out. It's okay to buy trendy items, but they likely won't have the longevity in your wardrobe that, say, a pair of basic jeans might. If you're keeping things around that were super trendy at one point, just in case they come back in style, you can probably stop holding your breath. And hey, it may be possible to repurpose that fuzzy purse into a dog blanket.


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