Wardrobe closet

College lifestyles tend to include lots of moving. Either you’re moving from one dorm to the next, back and forth between home and school, or switching apartments every year or two. The more stuff you have, the harder each move is. Keeping your wardrobe to a minimum will simplify the often-daunting task of packing up the whole house. Here are a few basic guidelines on minimizing your closet collection.

Shoe Hoarding

I’ll start with shoes because of my personal experience of heartbreaking shoe donations. It seems like you can never have too many shoes, but you definitely can. Despite common stereotypes, this isn’t just a girl problem. I’ve met plenty of male shoe hoarders too. Falling in love with fun-colored shoes is almost a guaranteed way to end up with way too many pairs. The thing about red boots is that they don’t go with very many outfits. Try to think about the versatility of a pair of shoes before you buy them. Can you wear them to class? To the bars? To parties, or weekend trips? They might look awesome now, but they won’t seem so great when you have to give them away after only wearing them twice.

A good policy is to limit buying new shoes to when the old ones need replacement. It sucks when you need new shoes for work, but you can’t afford it because you just bought new shoes for fun. If you save you “splurges” for when you need them, your closet will stay uncluttered and your wallet will live up to its responsibilities.

Too Many Tops

If you have more than one dresser drawer filled with T-shirts, you might need to rethink your shopping habits. I find it useful to sort through all of my shirts every now and then in order to find forgotten stash. Those are the wrinkled, faded tops shoved into the back of the drawer that I’d actually forgotten about. Shirts you don’t really wear anymore should be the first in the donation bag.

What doesn’t fit doesn’t stay

I’ve had many favorite outfits that shrank in the wash or that just don’t fit quite right anymore. Even if I eventually get that hem right , it doesn’t last very long. In the end, I almost always (one dress was an exception) decide that someone else could use those clothes more than I could. In the donation bag it goes.

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