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We all have things in our closet that haven’t seen the light of day for quite some time (if ever) and we keep re-filing them away with the telling to ourselves that we’ll wear them — soon, promise. But let’s be honest, some stuff just isn’t worth holding onto and it’s taking up space that could be reserved for something that’s way more fabulous. So, in case you’re in need of some sort of test for what to keep and what to ditch, here are five signs to tell if it’s time to get rid of clothes.

1. Holes/Stains

Now I’m all for getting a garment on the cheap, even if it means I have to give it a little TLC. But some stuff just isn’t salvageable. For instance, if your items have deep underarm stains, a ring around the collar, or holes that aren’t adjacent to the seam (now there are some exceptions, like cashmere sweaters that you may want to attempt fixing). it’s probably a sure indicator that it’s time to get rid of them.

2. Haven’t Worn It

Yes, you paid good money for that item, and you probably bought it with the best of intentions, but if you didn’t wear it the last two seasons,  you find yourself constantly passing it over in the closet, or it no longer fits, chances are it’s time to give it a new home. Even if you don’t donate it, maybe you’d like to try recouping some of your losses by selling it on eBay yourself or consigning it (see how to revamp your wardrobe without going into debt here).

3. Not Worth the Investment to Have It Tailored

Target is one of my favorite home goods stores, but I also used to get quite a few clothing items from there, too. That was before I started doing a lot more thrifting for quality brands on the cheap. I’ve found at times that it just isn’t worth the investment to have a $20 button-down from there taken in, because the life of the item just wasn’t long enough to make it worth it in the end.

4. Have Multiples of the Same Item

Maybe you bought a few black cardigans at different times that you didn’t absolutely love, but they filled a need. But do you really need to keep them all now? Start pairing down your closet to absolute must-haves, and you’ll find yourself beginning to pair down repeats.

5. It’s No Longer Current

I try to stock up on wardrobe staples that can be mixed and matched from season to season that will last for several years, but every now and again we want to hold on to a piece of our youth.  To that I say, keep one or two pair of dungarees — not every pair you ever wore in the 90s. Because as you can see, they do come back in style eventually, but a lot of us don’t have the closet space available to wait out the fashion evolution.

Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com, a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime — created after a massive unexpected layoff forced her to hone in on her true passion.

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