Here are some "Before" and "After" photos:
I donated most of the tops that I no longer want. I put a few of the tops into my maternity clothes collection, as I wore them a lot in my pregnancy. Hubby and I hope to have more children so I will hang onto the maternity clothes for now.
Here are questions to ask yourself when going through your clothing:
1.) Does this fit? Do not keep clothes that do not fit. The exception, of course, is when you are pregnant or when you have just had a baby. Those weight fluctuations are often temporary. Clothes that are too big or too small are not flattering. They are taking up prime real estate in your closet. Let them go.
2.) Do I like this? If you don't like the item or how it looks on you, don't keep it! I think that sometimes we hang onto clothes because they look good in theory, but not so much in real life. If something doesn't sit on you properly, has an odd colour or simply isn't your taste, let it go.
3.) Have I worn this in the past six months? With the exception of dress clothes and seasonal items, this rule should apply. It is a pretty good indicator of what you like to wear. There doesn't have to be anything wrong with an item for you to choose not to wear it. Let the item go. Someone else can get use out of it.
What are your rules when going through your closet? How do you decide on what to keep?