- Do you actually wear this item of clothing?
- Do you love it or, if not, is it truly useful?
- Even if you love it, is it in such bad shape that you ought to get rid of it?
- How many fungible items do you own? If you have five pairs of khaki pants, will you ever wear your two least favorite pairs? How many t-shirts can one person wear?
- Do you worry that it’s out of date? If you think it might be, it probably is.
- Can it only be worn in a limited way? Get rid of a shirt that’s stained so it can only be worn under a sweater, or a jacket that’s too heavy to wear on all but the very coldest day of the year.
- Does it fill a need that no longer exists? It can be hard to admit that you no longer do yoga or wear a bikini, so press yourself.
- Get rid of an item of clothing if you describe it by saying, “I would wear that,” or “I have worn that.” Those phrases mean that you don’t wear it.
- If you’re saving items for sentimental reasons, or to hand down to someone else, or to wear to a costume party, store them away from your active closet. And be choosy; only save things that really deserve it.