10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Clothes When You Find It Difficult To Let Go Of Things


Between the start of the new year and Marie Kondo's show about decluttering — appropriately titled Tidying Up With Marie Kondo — premiering on Netflix, it feels like almost everyone is talking about getting rid of things we no longer need. In fact, it's almost impossible for most of us to resist the urge to purge our closets and our homes. But while some people may have no problem tossing the items that no longer bring them joy, not everyone feels that way. Still, it feels super refreshing to declutter, so it's something you may want to consider. If you need some tips on how to get rid of clothes when you find it difficult to let go of things, you're in the right place.

There are two main psychological reasons why people hang on to items they no longer need. Dr. Frank Niles, PhD, social scientist and life and business strategist, told NBC News that one reason is "our need for safety, security, and stability." Basically, you can't stand the idea of getting rid of something you might one day be able to use, like that little black dress you haven't worn in years, but might one day come in handy. Another reason is nostalgia - many people feel connected to old clothing for sentimental reasons, and it results in a buildup.

If one of these, or both of them, sound like you, then you need a little extra help purging your items. It might be hard in the beginning, but in the end you're going to feel like a totally new person — and your closet will be super clean, which is just a bonus.