There’s a lot of organizing advice out there, some good and some bad. Before I give you any of the good, I thought I’d start by pointing out some of the bad. The first one has to do with cleaning out your wardrobe (yes, I say wardrobe not closet but we’ll discuss that another time):
Rule: “If you haven’t worn it in six months (or three, or a year, whatever) get rid of it.”
WHY THIS IS BAD ADVICE: Because it’s never said that you should try it on before simply getting rid of it.
GOOD ADVICE: TRY IT ON!Our bodies change over time so if you haven’t worn something in a while you need to try it on to see how it fits now. Some things just need an alteration to fit you or your current style (like shortening a skirt’s hemline). Maybe you don’t know what to wear it with; try mixing it with something new or wear it in a way you hadn’t before like pairing a work shirt with something more casual. Or, start wearing that comfy old sweater that has holes around the house. But if you try it on and it doesn’t fit and cannot be altered, isn’t comfortable, or doesn’t suit your taste and lifestyle then it’s ok to pass it along to someone else.