COLUMN: Tips to 'spring clean' your closet

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By Shannon Brock

Spring is here — it’s finally official, and it’s finally time to switch out our sweaters and boots for T-shirts and sandals.

OK, so I did this several weeks ago, but I didn’t get around to bringing out the summer clothes and cleaning out my closet until this past weekend.

My closet is full — too full, if you ask my husband. For every article of clothing he has hanging up, I probably have five.

So, twice a year, I try to go through and weed out the pieces that no longer belong. It sounds easy, and maybe it is for some people, but I can always find one reason or another to keep something.

Sunday, however, I was in a mood to get honest with myself. In the end, my closet shed its winter weight, so I thought I’d share a few tips on how your closet can, too.

- You don’t have to keep articles of clothing just because they still have tags on them.

My case in point: I bought a shirt (on clearance) in winter 2008. It was brown, it was cute, but it was simply too tight. But I bought it with the hope of shedding my own winter weight and fitting into it by the spring (it was also short-sleeved). I packed it away at the end of last summer, tags and hope that it might fit one day still in tow. However, on Sunday, it got kicked to the curb.

- If you have talked yourself out of putting something on more than once, honestly consider getting rid of it.

Several times, I have caught myself scanning through my closet and thinking, “I don’t want to wear that because it’s uncomfortable,” “I don’t want to wear that because it looks bad” or simply, “I just never wear that.” Well, those items joined that brown shirt this weekend. If I never wore them before, I would most likely fill my head with the same excuses the next time I passed them by.

- Don’t hang on to articles of clothing for sentimental reasons. For my 23rd birthday, I bought myself a birthday outfit — brown knee-high boots, skinny jeans, a green turtleneck sweater and a necklace to match. I loved that outfit, and felt great in it. I’ve long since grown out of the jeans, but the 2 1/2 year old sweater hung in my closet all winter without getting worn once. It was old, it was balled up, but it was my birthday sweater. So, what? I got rid of it, too.

If there is something stopping you from wearing anything in your closet, be honest with yourself and realize you probably won’t wear it again.

Besides, as the old adage goes, your “trash” could be another person’s treasure. Donate your old clothes to Goodwill or another charity.

And, if you’re looking to get rid of some shoes, now is as good a time as any. Central Baptist Church recently started collecting shoes for “Soles for Souls.” (See next week’s issue for more information.)

Now throughout the end of April, the church breezeway will be open for drop-offs or you can call 319-0903 or 829-5013 to schedule pick-up.

This spring, make a little room in your own closet and “fatten up” someone else’s.

Follow Shannon Brock at Twitter.com/ANewsSBrock.