Are You Hoarding Your Clothes?

Does your closet have too many clothes in it?

There is a reality show out these days called Hoarders, that I  was watching the other night. (If you haven’t seen it, the title says it all…)

It is a shocking show, and it’s just unbelievable how hard it is for  these people to have to “let go” of what we would consider “junk”.

It got me thinking that many fashionistas are really  clothes hoarders. It’s a common fact that most women actually only wear 20% of what is in their closet. Why do we keep all those items that we really don’t wear?

Maybe it’s time we all did a little purging?

Co-incidentally that is one of the topics at this week’s Blogging Boomers Carnival -a  round-up of the best boomer blogs for boomer women. At the carnival you’ll find a wonderful article on why it  feels so good to purge our home of the extra items that we don’t need or use! Visit the carnival host: The Boomer Chronicles to find out more.


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  1. Hi Tracy and welcome!! What a great idea to “rotate” your clothes! I are going to put that in effect immediately! One thing that I do, is keep a large shopping bag at the bottom of my closet. I am always dropping in items that I’m not wearing or if I put them on, they don’t feel great. That way, I rarely have a to spend a huge chunk of time, cleaning out. Also, because the bag rarely gets full for about a month or two… I can always reach in a retrieve something again. (but I try NOT to do that!) However, as I confessed, I think I do need to get in there and really cull again soon. Sometimes items that I love are just too old and getting tired and out of style looking.

  2. Tracy Bokor says:

    I just stumbled on your site via youtube and I am enjoying it. I wanted to let you know a little trick I have for wearing what I have and not letting items get lost in the shuffle. When I do my laundry, pick up cleaning etc. I always hang the newly cleaned items at the back of my closet. When I dress, I always go to the item in the front and force myself to put together an outfit with that item. Of course I’m sometimes definitely not in the mood for the item so I just move to the next, but no further. This prevents items from never being used and it causes me to put together outfits that are different then the ensembles I have worn before. If I find myself skipping an item constantly I put it in the give away pile. Thanks for a great site.

  3. Good point! That means my yoga clothes will certainly be safe!

  4. Hi Deborah,
    One of the things I tell clients when I help the de-hoard, organize and declutter is that in an emergency they should grab their dirty clothes, not the clean stuff hanging in their closets.

    Why you wonder? Because those dirty clothes are the ones they are most likely to wear and feel comfortable in. We wear the stuff we like best.