Today we’re tackling Day 4 of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge. Our goal is to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and home so that we can better enjoy life. Today we’re going to pull out all our jeans and only keep the ones we love (and that fit). Although you can keep two extra pairs if they meet the criteria.
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t keep on top of the jeans in my closet, they can easily multiply (seemingly overnight) into three times more jeans than I need. I love jeans. I live in jeans and have a ridiculously difficult time purging jeans. I have to make myself go through my jeans and purge every year or I would never do it (ever).
Take Everything Out- Grab all the jeans you own and pile them out on the bed or floor. Be sure to get any jeans that may be in the laundry, too. You can return them to the laundry after you’re done purging.
Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put skinny jeans together. Put boot cut jeans together. Depending on how many jeans you have, you may have to make subcategories in each of your larger categories, for example dark wash skinny jeans and light wash skinny jeans.
Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. Are there any jeans you don’t like or know don’t fit? Move those to your purge pile now. Now it’s time to try every pair of jeans on. Be brutally honest with yourself. Do they fit well? Do you love them? If you they don’t fit or you don’t really love them – they need to go. You’re are worth jeans that fit and that you love. You deserve better than poor fitting jeans.
This is where (because I really do understand how difficult this can be) you can keep two pairs of jeans that either don’t fit or your don’t love. You can keep one pair that doesn’t fit if you feel you need them as insurance for weight changes. You can also keep one pair for painting, yard work, just plain junk jeans. You don’t need more than one in each of those categories. Trust me. Keeping a bunch of jeans just because you might gain or loose weight doesn’t make sense. Plus, if you keep them for more than a year or two, those jeans will be out of style. You deserve jeans that make you feel wonderful, not out of style and frump.
Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags.
Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away.
My favorite way to organize jeans it to fold and file them. It makes it so much easier to see each pair of jeans and grab just the pair that you want (without knocking a pile of jeans over). Check out my tips on how to fold and organize jeans.
How are you feeling about the first four days of purging? Be sure to join me tomorrow for Day Five in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. We’ll be tackling small toys or your email inbox. Print out your free Purging Clutter Checklist so you’re ready.
You can see all 31 of the 10-Minute purging tasks if you just can’t wait to see what else we’ll be working on.