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Here Are The 10 Signs You Need To De-clutter From Your Closet ASAP

Clear out your wardrobe before it turns into a mountain of clothes

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Closets are often the places that collect clutter most often, given how much fun it can be to shop and the quick movement of trends in fashion. But it can also be easy to neglect, and before you know it, your wardrobe has turned into massive heaps of clothes and accessories.

So when is the right time to give your closet a major overhaul?


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1. If you have too many clothes

If there are mountains of clothes not just inside your closet but even in other areas in your home, chances are that you have too many clothes. Sift through these and find those which you don’t use or are simply too old, and discard or donate them instead.

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2. If you’re losing storage space

Naturally, if you have too much stuff, you lose space to store your other things. Free up some room in your closet (and in wherever else you store your clothes) by taking out pieces you no longer use. This will allow you more space for newer, better purchases.


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3. If your clothes are no longer suitable to your age

You can’t expect to wear clothes that you used ten or more years ago. Wearing pieces that don’t suit your current age can also impact the way that other people perceive you, so do yourself a favour and clear out the clothes that just won’t work anymore.

4. If your clothes don’t align with your current style

Growing older also means that your personal sense of style changes. Clarify with yourself what kind of style you feel most comfortable wearing, and discard all the items that don’t go along with that.


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5. If you’re starting a new job or hobby

Certain jobs and hobbies require a specific kind of clothing, so before you start on them, make sure that it’s not just you who’s ready but also your closet. Choose to fill your wardrobe with clothes that you can use for that line of work.

6. If your clothes are in bad condition

It can be fun and even charming to wear ratty old clothes on lazy days at home, but also see to it that those pieces aren’t too worn down. Shirts with old stains, shorts with too many holes, underwear with stretched-out garter—better chuck these to the trash.


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7. If your body has changed

Body changes are a common and indispensable part of life. Whether you’re having a baby, gaining or losing weight, or experiencing other situations that cause changes to your physicality, make sure that the clothes you have are those which can cater to your needs.

8. If you’re getting stressed out

Studies show that people with messy homes tend to have higher stress levels, and that having too much junk in the home can create feelings of guilt and inhibit creativity and productivity—so don’t be surprised if, every time you see your cluttered closet, you feel anxious or strained. Instead, clear out the junk and help yourself feel more peaceful.


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9. If you want to live more minimally

The benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle are numerous—it clears your mind, lessens stress, increases your self-confidence, and helps you save money, among others. A great step towards a minimalist lifestyle is by taking care of the heaps of junk that is your closet.

10. If you want to make extra cash

As stressful as decluttering may be, one great pay-off of this is that you can put your old items up for sale and make some money. Just make sure that the clothes you sell are still in great condition, no matter how old they may be.

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