Cleaning out a closet clears mental and emotional baggage. Sifting through items that you don’t love clutters mental and emotional space and weighs you down. If you haven’t done a closet cleanout recently, January is a great month to start. Once you get rid of items you don’t want, you can make room for ones you do! Here are some tips on what to get rid of and what to get in 2020.


First, give yourself some time to clean out your closet like a relaxed afternoon. Make some room on your bed or desk to sift through your items. You have to be ruthless when it comes to tossing items that no longer fit, are damaged, or otherwise just hanging around taking up space.


Any item you own that you haven’t worn in a year, it’s time to let it go. Do you own any damaged items that have issues such as holes, broken zippers, pilling or missing buttons? Unless you plan on repairing those issues, then get rid of those items too. We all hold out for someday squeezing back into something we don’t fit into anymore, but it’s time to let it go. A question to ask yourself when you’re torn about an item is if you would buy it again. If not, it’s probably not worth keeping.


Over time we can easily build up a collection of random shirts and totes covered in festival logos and local advertisements, some that you have gotten for free. Unless you really like these items and see yourself utilizing them, it’s best to pass them on to someone else.


You’re constantly changing, so your closet should do the same. In the new year, reach for clothing that you can trust and know you will wear. Comfortable pieces in different colors than you would normally go for as well as fabrics to keep you warm during the winter and cool in the summer. If you clean out your closet, make sure to only add new pieces that you love.