Let's be honest, a large majority of us Singaporeans are shopaholics who love shopping, and who can never seem to miss out on any good sales and deals available, even if we might not need to purchase anything. As much as we're advised to clear out our closets every once in a while, we never really tend to do so until it's time to do a quick spring clean of our whole house or when our closets are just about to explode. If you've been trying to avoid clearing out your closet and if any of these 5 signs resonate with you, take this as a cue to start clearing out your closet right now!
1. Lack of space to fit your new clothes
If your closet is currently jammed packed with clothes, to the point that it almost feels like it might explode if you were to add any new pieces to your collection, it's definitely a sign that you should start clearing out your closet and get rid of a couple of pieces. Many of us are probably guilty of hoarding our clothes, with some of the pieces in our closet being almost as old as us. Rather than continuing to hog clothes that are simply just taking up precious space in your closet, it might be time to get rid of some of them, to free up some space in your closet to make way for some new pieces. With your closet being less crowded, you'll also find it much easier to reach for various pieces of clothes since your clothes will no longer be as tightly packed as before, allowing you to move your hangers around more comfortably.
While this process might seem like a daunting one, it's really not! A quick way to get started is to take all of your clothes out of your closet before sorting them out into 3 main categories — clothes that you intend to keep, clothes you intend to donate or sell and clothes that have to be thrown away. Then, return the clothes that you intend to keep back into your closet, organising them by colour, style, or whatever works for you!
2. Your clothes no longer fit
Many of us are probably guilty of this — keeping clothes in the closet despite being unable to fit into them anymore, due to this belief that you'll be able to fit into them "one day". As much as it's great to be positive and optimistic, the reality is that these clothes are probably going to continue to collect dust in your closet until they eventually get thrown out. Thus, whether you've lost or gained some weight, grown vertically, had a baby or accidentally shrunk your clothes in the wash, it might be a good time to go through the contents of your closet and get rid of pieces that no longer serve your needs. Give them away to people who actually need them and will be able to make good use out of them. After all, this would certainly be much better than simply letting them collect dust and turning yellow in your closet.
3. You're entering a new season of life
When you're entering a new season of life (e.g. you're going to a new school, entering the workforce for the first time, starting a new job, leaving a job, having a new addition to the family, etc), it might signal the perfect time to go through your closet and evaluate it. For instance, when entering the workforce for the first time, you'd want to ensure that you have a good portion of clothes that are work-appropriate. However, before running out to the shops and buying a completely new wardrobe, sort through your existing pieces and figure out what items will make the cut for this new chapter in life. After going through this process, you'll have a clearer idea of what items you're going to need to pick up at the shops, preventing you from buying unnecessary pieces that will only be taking up unnecessary space in both your closet and bank account.
On the other hand, if you're retiring or moving onto a job that doesn't require a super formal work attire, you might also want to take some time to sort out your closet and identify pieces that will still be useful in this new chapter. If you're going to be working from home, you'd probably want to be dressed more comfortably in more casual clothing rather than smart slacks and crisp button-downs! So sort out your closet and give these old pieces of clothing a new lease of life by either donating them or selling them to those who really need them.
4. Constantly feeling like you have "nothing to wear"
The feeling that you have "nothing to wear" despite having a closet full of clothes may indicate that your style has changed, you have too many of the wrong clothes or that you have too many clothes that you become overwhelmed because you can't tell what you already have. Take some time to go through each individual piece that's already in your closet and sort out which pieces are still relevant for your current style. This will also help to reduce the volume of clothes in your closet, making it less overwhelming to look through your closet when preparing to head out of the door, allowing you to know exactly what pieces you have (and don't have).
5. You're moving
Before simply packing everything you own into boxes and transporting them to your new home, take some time to sort through your belongings and get rid of items that are unnecessary. Moving to a new place provides an opportunity to start afresh, and on a clean foot. So take this opportunity to get rid of all your baggage (both literally and figuratively) and only pack those items that are truly necessary. This means bidding farewell to clothes that you've kept for the past couple of decades, those that are tattered as well as those that you haven't worn in the past year or so. Apart from helping you to start anew in a new environment, you'll also have fewer boxes to pack, unpack and move, helping you to save some time and money.