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    Annual closet clean-out anyone?

    With spring/summer here, I started looking though my closet and have noticed some items I haven't worn in over a year.

    My motto has usually been "if I haven't used it in a year, it's gone". But then I look at some items (like a navy blazer from JC) and say "well, I might wear this out to dinner with the missus. I think I'll keep it". And so back in the closet it goes. Where it sits for another year.

    Am I alone in this, or are you guys ruthless in getting rid of items you haven' t worn in X months/years?

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    Happens to me all the time. I have 3 boxes storage for seasonal clothing. ATM i have an entire box dedicated to donations that i can't bring myself to let go of even though i never wear it. I also have a 2nd box full of wool pants I never wear (field of work is extremely casual).

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    i went through this a whie back when my living space downsized drastically. i have been pretty good at sticking to it. Aside from suits and a couple of tshirts that I hang on to for nostalgia, I dont have anything that I dont wear pretty regularly.

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    Usually my rule is that if I didn't wear it during the entire season/seasons that the piece of clothing is for then I will get rid of it. Just started going through my closet to free up some space. I've got a couple of jackets and pants that I'm thinking about selling right now. I also have an entire box of old dress shirts that I haven't figured out if I want to sell or donate.

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    Yes, I keep my wardrobe down to things I actually wear.


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    I recommend you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I donated or threw away about 15 garbage bags’ worth of stuff last year following that method, and have not regretted it.
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    We do this about once a year but I am down to a wardrobe that I want to wear...plus a couple seasonal items I keep around for snow days and such. This reminds me I have a bag to drop off at the dry cleaners but it has been so long I forget what clothes are in there. Likely some white shirts but I can't think of the others. Hmmmm

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    Yeah, in reading the posts here I think it's time I took a ruthless approach to my closet and did some serious cleaning.

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    I have tried to do this. I just hold on to things, just in case.

    I bought a few henleys as a comparison to see which I liked best, and I do wear each. It's just that timing to wear them are limited to weekends. I don't usually change once I'm home and they are too casual for work. But sometimes I will wear the same ones more frequently since I try to keep up with laundry (due to limited storage space).

    Another are warm/house sweaters, I like the idea, and when I had a house I kept at 68 I wore them all the time. Now in my radiator apartment, it is usually 75+, not as much opportunity to wear them.

    Same with my workout clothes, I try to mix it up/rotate so they don't get ratty, I do frequent laundry so I take from the top of the pile.

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    I think there are obvious exemptions to the 1-year rule. In the example of a navy blazer, it is a classic, and you never know maybe years down the line you will switch jobs and have an interview at a corporate office, and/or have a more formal attire at work, or attend a wedding. Or if you have a peacoat but you live in a warm climate and havent travelled in a few years, it will still be your main coat when you travel eventually. In my case, I actually bought a peacoat on sale years before I needed it for travel, and before I knew for sure I could move to a cold country.

    But if it's something like a light blue checkered blazer you havent worn for years then yeah get rid of it.

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