12 Things to Toss from Your Closet Right Now

Hey y’all…Did you have a great weekend? I hope you were doing something super-fun. I was in an industrious mood and continued my Spring cleaning and purging. I was standing knee-deep in closet clutter for most of the weekend. In the midst of this mess I had a couple of epiphanies…

  • I have too much stuff
  • I need to corral control of my stuff
  • I needed to figure out what stuff to get rid of.

I am at my best when I have a plan of action and a to-do list. I literally sat down in the middle of my closet and started writing out my list. I looked all around me and made notes of what I knew had to leave the closet. I hope that this list helps you too – 12 Things to toss from Your Closet Right Now!

I certainly hope that I’m not alone in this. This large stack was just the beginning of the purge…


…these boxes housed shoes and new clothing orders. Why was I keeping these?


Definitely time to toss these faves. It was hard to part with them.



12 Things to Toss from Your Closet

Right Now!

  • Broken hangers and wire hangers

  • Tattered, torn or stained clothing beyond repair or cleaning.

  • Shoes that are very scuffed, beat-up and worn. Such as scraped heels, holes or offensive odors. This includes flip flops.

  • Anything and everything that is too tight – shoes, clothing, shoes, bras and  undergarments

  • Plastic packets with buttons/thread packets that come with new clothing.

  • Items without a mate – socks, earrings, shoes.

  • Broken jewelry. Missing charms, broken clasps, broken chains, etc.

  • Empty jewelry boxes and empty shoe boxes.

  • Clothing that is out of fashion or that you just don’t like anymore.

  • Clothing that you have never worn but feel guilty because it was a gift.

  • Handbags that have broken straps, broken zippers, torn lining or damaged leather.

  • Sunglasses that are super scratched-up or missing a lens.



My handbags look so much better when they are organized. It also makes it easier to coordinate outfits.


I tossed a couple of pairs of sunglasses too – they were definitely in bad shape and I should have parted with them long ago.


The hardest items to get rid of were the emotional purges. Gifts from my mother that are now out of fashion.  I knew it was time to let go, but it didn’t make the decision any easier.

I did not donate any of this clutter. I want to be clear that they were not donation worthy. The clothes were outdated, stained or in need of repair. The shoes were scuffed up and tattered. I personally would not want to donate anything that I wouldn’t want to wear myself.

I hope my list helps you and your cleaning process. I certainly know it helped me :)

Feel free to Pin the list below to your Pinterest board.

Until tomorrow…

12 things collage


  1. says

    This is such a great list Vicki! I definitely struggle with water ting to keep broken jewelry. I swear I’m going to re string it all one day but youre right I should just let it go. Thanks for the nudge, CoCo
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  2. says

    Hi Vicki,
    Great list! Perfect timing. I am getting ready to purge things in my closets and drawers since I went on a little shopping spree in between my son’s baseball games this weekend!

    We have lived in Florida for 16 years and I am still holding on to coats and sweatshirts from college days. Maybe I will make travel pillows out of some of the sweatshirts but then again, I would have to find a place to store them!

    I am in full on envy of your open shelving to store your purses. Congrats on your purge! I’m sure it feels so good!

  3. says

    You’ve been peeking in my house! I have alot of stuff to go through, mainly personal records and crafts and organize pictures. I will use your list.

  4. Regina says

    Hi Vicki
    Great post. Just wanted to add do not throw out broken jewelry ear rings or necklaces
    I have a crafty friend who re-purposes into new jewelry pieces. Also my favorite resale shop sales them in mason jars to crafters. Love your blog!!!!.

    • says

      Hey Regina! That is a great idea. We just sold our home and will be moving in a few weeks. There is a lot of jewelry that I need to figure out what to do with. Thanks for the suggestions!