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‘Tis the Season for “Out with the Old, In with the New”

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Yes, the holidays are full of celebrations, shopping and gift-giving. But besides eating, drinking and being merry, we’ve got another holiday activity you might want to make an annual tradition.

Early December is a great time to whip your closet into holiday-ready shape.

What do we mean? Getting your closet ready for the holidays is all about “out with the old, and in with the new.” Starting off the holiday season with making room in your already tight closet makes a whole lot of sense. Here’s why: 

Space for the new

You know how it goes. A friend will gift you a sweater from your favorite store. Your significant other has you on their ‘nice list’, and the pair of boots you’ve been dying for will appear under the tree. Then, there are the too-good-to-pass-up sale items that somehow make their way into your shopping bag (while you’re supposed to be buying for others).

And, let’s not forget the two or three new cocktail dresses you need to pick up because you want to look amazing for the holiday parties you plan to attend. 

The gifts you’re about to receive and the bargains you know you’ll buy for yourself will all need space in your closet.

 

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Giving and taxes

Are you one of those people who has to scramble when the calendar hits December 30th and you realize you haven’t yet donated anything to be itemized against your taxes? Clearing out your closet now means you won’t be kicking yourself later in the month. 

You’ll have charitable contributions to take against this year’s taxes, and benefit less-fortunate others who need your gently used clothing.

Here’s what to do

Be ruthless. The jeans you keep for diet inspiration (but haven’t squeezed into for the last year). The sparkly sweater that isn’t quite right this season but surely will be perfect next year. The blouse in that shade that would be flattering if only you could find the perfect lip color.It all should go. Keep saying to yourself, “When in doubt, ditch it.”

Need more advice on how to decide what to ditch? Check out these helpful blogs from PopSugar and The Everygirl.