Okay guys, first and foremost, when it comes to purging your closet, you have to be honest and realistic about it. The first rule, at least that I try to follow, is if you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s time to let it go. It’s just taking up valuable space and confusing the decision you have to make every day of what to wear. I mean, you want to wear that item, but it’s a little snug on you so you hang on to it because you tell yourself you’re gonna lose 10 lbs. This is where you have to be honest with yourself. If you’re going to lose those 10 or 20 lbs and you have a plan, by all means keep those items. Maybe move them to the front of the closet so you see it every day and use it as motivation. But if you’re happy with where you are and you’re hanging on to pieces that you just don’t wear, it’s time to clear the clutter and donate them.
Okay, first up and I shouldn’t even have to say this one, but your old, tattered and discolored underwear has to go. I know they’re your favorite and they’re super comfortable, but there’s a lot of comfortable underwear out there for you. I even made a video about my personal favorite brands, so feel free to have a look.
Next are your old stained and stretched out undershirts or t-shirts. Now, I totally get having a one or two old t-shirts that you wear when doing yard work, painting or working in the garage, but that’s really all you need. If you’re still hanging on to a bunch of old grungy t-shirts that you never wear, it’s time to let them go.
Okay, next on my list are your old running shoes. There’s been a lot of research that shows you should replace your runners or trainers after about 500 miles or so. They may look great on the outside, but the insoles take a beating and wear out faster than you might think which can lead to injury and joint pain.
Next are your old worn out socks. If they’re wearing thin in the toes or heel, it’s time to replace them. If you hate shopping, maybe set up a reoccurring shipment schedule of socks through Amazon or sign up for a monthly subscription. I’ve done some work for Southern Scholar in the past and I really like their socks. Once you sign up for $15 a month, they’ll send you a super nice pair of socks every month. I have a few pair myself and I love them. The best part is, they don’t fall down.
Last up are your ratty old jeans. Now, just like hanging on to one or two shirts for work around the house, I’m okay with keeping a pair of old jeans to work in. But if you have several pair that have worn out cuffs with strings dragging on the ground, they should probably go.
Fellas, like I said, you gotta be realistic and honest with yourself about this. Just remember, if you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s time to let it go. Also, if I missed any items that need to be purged, please let me know in the comment section and we’ll chat about it.