Day 29 Purging Tips – Sweatshirts and Sweaters

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Welcome to Day 29 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’ll be going through our sweatshirts and sweaters to see what we want to keep and what needs to be purged. Let’s go clear clutter now!

I don’t like to be cold. Ever. My family teases me that if the temperature is below 70 degrees then I’m complaining about it being cold. I treasure my collections of sweatshirts and sweaters. I probably have too many of them, but….. Well, no buts today. It’s time to take a critical look at the sweatshirts and sweaters we have in our closets and drawers. If they don’t fit or we don’t love them, then they’re outta hea. We deserve better than ill fitting items we don’t like. Let’s remember – We’re worth more than that. 

Clearing Clutter – Tips for Purging Sweatshirts and Sweaters

Grab the 6  purging bags you created earlier, your copy of the free printable Purging Clutter Checklist and let’s head to the dresser or closet. 

Take Everything Out- Keep in mind that we’re doing this in 10 minutes. Only take out as much as you can go through in that time so you may have to choose either sweatshirts or sweaters. Your choice.  You can come back to the other items another time you have 10 minutes. Lay the items you take out on the bed or the floor.

Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put similar weight items together. Put sports team sweatshirts together. Put the same color of items together. Put work sweaters together and weekend sweaters together. Group them in categories that make sense to you. 

Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created.  Are there any torn or stained items? They need to go. Are there any items that no longer fit? They need to go. Take a few minutes to try on items that you don’t know if they fit or not. Are there any items that you don’t love? They need to go. Only keep items that make you feel good when you wear them. Just because your mother gave it to you is not a reason to keep it. If necessary to maintain good relations,  wear it the next time you see her or take a photo of you wearing it and send it to her and then get rid of it. You are worth more than clothes that don’t fit or don’t make you happy. 

Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags. Please don’t throw items away unless they’re unusable (or nastily stained). I’ve worked at a charitable thrift store and know how much sweatshirts and sweaters are needed. Please donate these items if they are still usable. 

Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away.

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I’ve found that this is the Best Way to Hang Up Sweaters

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You can use a sweater to make Repurposed Sweater Mittens that are so cute my teen daughter loves hers.

top image - box with pink stripes, bottom image - pink striped box filled with stationery supplies with title text reading Easy Upcycled Sweater Box

You can also use a sweater to make pretty organizing bins like this Easy Upcycled Sweater Box

Another day of organizing down. Woo hoo! Join me tomorrow for Day 30 in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Let’s purge some more so you can make room to enjoy life more.

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  1. There are so many great ideas here! I actually just ruined one of my daughter’s sweaters in the laundry, and hated to just throw it out. I think I will turn them into mittens for her, after I get my closet organized šŸ™‚

  2. I’ve gotten behind since I’ve been out-of-town for the past week but hope to get through all of the purging tasks before the end of February! – revised goals šŸ˜‰

    1. Don’t worry, Corinne, any items that need to be purged will be there waiting for you when you’re ready. šŸ™‚

  3. Never saw the sweater box – funny! The nice thing about purging sweaters is even if you just let go of a few, you free up a lot of space!

    1. You know me and repurposing….everything, Seana. šŸ™‚ Great point about lots of declutter impact with just a couple of sweaters or sweatshirts.

    1. I had such a fun time making them (I think it’s time to make some more now). Have a great time repurposing, Claire. šŸ™‚

  4. I love that you suggest either giving away the sweaters or repurposing them. It is so hard to let go of things your parents bought you, though! Maybe repurposing would be the answer.

    1. I don’t usually have a problem with a crease mark, Jill. Occasionally, on light-weight sweaters I will find one, but it usually smooths out for me soon after I put the sweater on. But I agree, I wouldn’t want a crease mark either. Who needs more wrinkles in life? Not me!

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