It doesn’t feel like Spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready. Go into your closets and start cleaning. You will be surprised at the treasures you may find while you are sorting through jeans you will never wear again and blazers that haven’t seen the light of day since your last corporate convention. There may be an amazing leather jacket that you had forgotten about that has been hidden between some awful cast-offs.
Give the stuff you’re not wearing to Housing Works or The Salvation Army. Other people can and will actually wear this stuff. And the clothes that you do wear and like will have room to breathe and might actually be noticed rather than squished between a bunch of other things that you would not be caught dead in.
If you haven’t worn it in two years you’re probably never going to wear it again. Yes, there’s a chance that elephant bells will come back, but it is a very, very slim chance. If they do it will probably be with a different waistline anyway, making the ones you have saved since the early 1970’s outdated (ha ha) anyway. That is… if you could even still fit into them.
If it’s vintage you know it. Take it to a vintage store if you think it’s worth something. If it isn’t, toss it. Have a party for your friends and let them raid piles of things you don’t want any more. They will love you for this. Do the same with the clothing, toys and books that your children have outgrown. Give your old clothing and accessories to friends, neighbors, people you work with (or who work for you) who can use it now. Don’t let the moths get to it before you give it to somebody who really needs it.
Just give it away already. Don’t think about it for too long or you will surely think of a reason why you should keep it (“I do have an extra hanger now,”, or “Pleated chinos might come back in style for Casual Fridays one day.”). You don’t have the space anyway really. It is so liberating to drive up to the thrift store with ten bags of things to give away. My closets are filling up right now (with bags to give away). All I need to do now is find the time to drop them off so I can fill up some more.