When in doubt, turn to Martha Stewart. Though we’ve posted about spring cleaning previously, perhaps you’ll want to take another look at your closet (take advantage of being inside where it is cool) and consider eliminating these items:
Old Denim If you're swimming in a sea of denim, it's time to reevaluate and identify the pairs that don't fit well (or the ones you simply don't love) and toss them.
Concert T-Shirts You'll always have the memories of your first teenage concert, but that doesn't mean you have to keep the t-shirt. It's time to let go of the shirt memorabilia, especially since they're keepsakes only.
Ill-Fitting Clothes Banish unreasonable body expectations and give yourself permission to give clothing away.
Too-High Heel Shoes We all have a pair of high heels that we thought we might be brave enough to wear out one day, but if you can't walk in them in your hallway, you won't be able to feel comfortable out at dinner. Go ahead and part ways—you won't miss them (and your feet will thank you).
Relationship Mementos The relationship ended, and now all the old sweatshirts or matching hats need to go, too. These items aren't just taking up physical space in your walk-in, but also emotional space.
Bridesmaids' Dresses Even the one your bride friend promised you would be able to wear again…
Ill-Fitting Bras A bra that pokes, prods, or slips is one that should already be in a donation pile, or in the trash if the underwire is broken.
Anything with Shoulder Pads Sure, shoulder pads have made a comeback, but your old, ultra-structural party dresses or blazers don't quite match the updated interpretations of fashion. You know what that means: Add it to the donate pile.
Empty Hangers Collections of paper and metal dry cleaning hangers add up fast—if you have several poking throughout your regular clothes, pull them out and return them to your dry cleaner. Most often you’ll find they recycle and repurpose hangers. Move hangers you're saving, the velvet-covered or wooden ones you've invested in, to the front of the closet so they're easy access once you need them again.
Really Expensive Items You Never Wear Your original thoughts on how you were going to wear this next-level piece were probably extraordinary. But if it's not already part of your party rotation, then it never will be. Do your best to find it a good home—consider a consignment service, for example—and then reinvest that money in a staple piece you'll turn to time and again.
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